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Floods in North West England: a history c. 1600-2008

In an era of environmental change linked to global warming, floods are frequently in the news, whether they are those which affected England in the summer of 2007 or the ones which have devastated other parts of the globe, from New Orleans to Bangladesh. There is growing interest in the severity and chronology of flooding in the past as an indication of possible future scenarios. In Britain regular scientific measurements of streamflow and flood peaks often go back for only 30 years or so. However, historical records can provide details of past floods reaching back to the seventeenth century and sometimes earlier and yet they have rarely been examined in detail. Floods in North West England: a history c. 1600 - 2008 is the first detailed study of flooding in the region and is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the impact of climate change on Britain. It explains why floods happened and what effects they had on the landscape, the buildings, and the people who were affected by them. In the course of this volume the authors tell some dramatic stories, many of which have lain forgotten among the pages of old newspapers and other records.

  • Softback
  • Full Colour Cover
  • 62 Black and White Illustrations
  • ISBN: 978-1-86220-217-7
  • 128 Pages

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Published by Centre for North-West Regional Studies, Lancaster University 2009

About the Authors
Dr Sarah Watkins is a Senior Scientist at the Environment Agency. Her research interests are mainly related to changes in environmental systems as a result of climate change, both past and present. Ian Whyte is Emeritus Professor of Historical Geography in the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. His research interests focus on landscape, social and economic change in northern England and Scotland in post-medieval times. He is the author of many books including World Without End? Environmental Disaster and the Collapse of Empires (Tauris 2008), Landscape and History Since 1500 (Reaktion 2002).

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