Case Study: Storm Surges - London

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What is a storm surge?
When low pressure winds cause the sea levels to rise by increasing the volume in that area.
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Why is London susceptible to storm surges?
Because the North sea is compressed and becomes more shallow. This increase sea levels even further when combined with low pressure wind in the North Sea.
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When was London's greatest storm surge?
1953 when a storm surge coincided with spring tide and sea levels rised by 8ft
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What is at risk of being flooded in London? (6)
Many large banks and businesses, Parliment, 1.5 million people's jobs, 1.25 million people's homes, 69 tube stations, 400 schools and 16 hospitals and finally the cost of repairing the infrastructure is incalculable
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Is the Thames barrier a sustainable form of flood defence?
Yes, at the moment however it may be more economical to move it down stream to the Thames Estuary so towns downriver of London don't suffer due to backwash from the barrier
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Why is London susceptible to storm surges?

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Because the North sea is compressed and becomes more shallow. This increase sea levels even further when combined with low pressure wind in the North Sea.

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When was London's greatest storm surge?

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What is at risk of being flooded in London? (6)

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Is the Thames barrier a sustainable form of flood defence?

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