Category Archives: Hydrometeorology

Surface water flood forecasting: where next?

In August this year, SEPA published its new Flood Warning Development Framework.  The framework defines the direction of travel for flood forecasting and warning services in Scotland with the aims to maintain and improve existing, and deliver new, operational flood … Continue reading

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Multi-hazards and emergent risks in Northern Europe’s remote regions: Oslo workshop

Partners of the NERC Science Project EMERGE recently met in Oslo to share experience and challenges in tackling multi-hazards and emergent risks such as extreme rainfall and landslides.  The project, led by the University of Strathclyde, has European partners SEPA, … Continue reading

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The challenges of the mountain environment to flood forecasting

In the penultimate account in a series of articles on how the mountains of Scotland influence our approach to monitoring and flood forecasting, Mike Reading from the Met Office writes about the challenges of mountain forecasting. “In Scotland, we face … Continue reading

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A look back on a decade of challenges and achievements for the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service

In this article, we take a retrospective view on a decade of challenges and achievements for the flood forecasting service with some of the many people who have made it a success. A period when Bertha, Ciara, Desmond, Dennis and … Continue reading

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How do Scotland’s mountains affect its rainfall?

In the first of a series of articles on how the mountains of Scotland influence our approach to monitoring and flood forecasting, Mike Kendon writes about their role on rainfall. “Much of Scotland’s landscape is dominated by its mountains. Although … Continue reading

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Operational Forecasting Across the Globe: Sharing Science at EGU20

For several years the ‘operational forecasting and warning systems‘ PICO session has been a popular feature of the EGU hydrological sciences program.  However, with restrictions on travel and meetings in place due to Covid-19, the whole of the 2020 Assembly … Continue reading

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Hydrometeorologist vacancy in Scotland

Here in SEPA we’re hiring a Hydrometerorologist. Permanent, full time, based in Perth, although other office locations may be considered. Flooding is one of this century’s biggest environmental challenges, and tackling it here in Scotland is a top priority for … Continue reading

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Storm Frank-Short Range Forecast Performance

On the 30th December, 2015, new maximum peak levels were recorded on the Rivers Cree, Dee and upper Tweed due to rainfall which fell overnight from the 29th to the 30th December associated with Storm Frank; an unusually deep area … Continue reading

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RAINS: Radar Applications in Northern Scotland

The past two months have brought significant rainfall across much of Scotland resulting in some severe disruption due to the impacts of flooding.  Impacts have been seen in early December with Storm Desmond, through to Storm Frank which brought major … Continue reading

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The 2005 Teviot floods: then and now

As previously reported Storm Desmond caused severe flooding over the weekend of the 5th and 6th December in parts of the country including the Teviot Valley. The River Teviot in Hawick recorded its second highest river flow on record and … Continue reading

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