Climate change and river flooding
by naechoco on October 31, 2017 - 7:17am
Did you know that climate change does not only affect icebergs in Antarctic but also river in Europe? The article "Climate Change Is Altering Flood Timing in Europe" written by Michelle Hampson is just about that. A lot of long term studies have been done since 1960 to compare and understand flood timing. Earlier flooding has been proved by analysing all data collected from different hydrometric stations in Europe. Günter Blöschl, one of the scientist who took part in the study funded by the European Research Council listed three potential cause of climate change influence on floods river : "Rainfall may become heavier, the soils may become wetter, due to more frequent storms, and snowmelt may become more intense." In some region, it is the complete opposite: flood timing is occurring later in winter. A lot of consequences are linked to this phenomena such as delayed salmon migration, increased wind and storms, reduced hydropower production and altered ecosystems and agriculture. About $104 billion have been lost annually due to unprepared region for flood timing all around the world. A lot of people have also perish in river floods.
I think the article of Michelle Hampson is well constructed, she wrote a lot of scientific details so we can understand more the real influence of climate change on river floods. Even so, we should have learned more about how exactly could we be more prepared and how could we prevent this earlier flooding? Those information are crucial, if Government does not want to get surprise another time.
For my own, I think Government should work in pairs with those kind of Research Council so they can adjust their budget for earlier preparation in river floods. Too much money and lives are lost for only being unprepared. People should be more aware of those changing weather patterns and their consequences. I also think climate change should be more a priority for everyone, we should change some of our habits so this problematic does not increase more and more. River flooding, pollution, non-drinkable water may be all caused by climate change. Get informed about what you can do to help our planet.
Naëla Laberge Grégoire
Here is a link for the article : https://www.aaas.org/news/climate-change-altering-flood-timing-europe