Winter storms the most energetic to hit western Europe since 1948, study shows

A research led by Plymouth University in conjunction with scientists from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, l’Université de Bordeaux, l’Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer and Ulster University has shown that :

The repeated storms which battered Europe’s Atlantic coastline during the winter of 2013/14 were the most energetic in almost seven decades.

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And they were part of a growing trend in stormy conditions which scientists say has the potential to dramatically change the equilibrium state of beaches along the western side of the continent, leading to permanent changes in beach gradient, coastal alignment and nearshore bar position.

In a study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers compared modelled and measured data from sites across Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Portugal, Spain and Morocco, and showed the extreme weather conditions were the most energetic since at least 1948.

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/winter-storms-the-most-energetic-to-hit-western-europe-since-1948-study-shows

 

 

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