Higher temperatures drive risk of flash floods

2015-06-08 21:11
Houses are seen under the water in a flooded valley. (Panagiotis Patsatzis, AP)

Houses are seen under the water in a flooded valley. (Panagiotis Patsatzis, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Paris - Warmer temperatures have a dramatic effect on rainfall patterns, heightening the risk of flash floods, according to an Australian study published on Monday.

In research published in the journal Nature Geoscience, civil engineers at the University of New South Wales analysed nearly 40 000 storms that occurred in Australia over a 30-year span.

As temperatures rose, so did the risk of more intense downpours, in which larger volumes of water are dumped over a shorter time.

"These more intense patterns are leading to more destructive storms, which can significantly influence the severity of flood flows," said lead author Conrad Wasko.

"The climate zones we studied in Australia are representative of most global climates, so it's very likely these same trends will be observed around the world."

The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that given present emissions trends, the planet could be up to 4.8°C warmer by 2100.

UN members, meeting in the former West German capital of Bonn, have vowed to keep warming to 2°C or less compared to pre-industrial times.

They intend to seal the deal at a conference in Paris in December.

Read more on:    nature geoscience  |  france  |  australia  |  weather  |  climate change

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.