Climate Change Is Shifting Europe's Flood Patterns, and These Regions Are Feeling the Consequences

A new study maps out which regions have seen increases in the magnitude of destructive river flooding, and why. By Bob Berwyn Global warming is driving big changes in floods across Europe by fueling the atmosphere with more moisture and changing...

Climate Change Is Shifting Europe's Flood Patterns, and These Regions Are Feeling the Consequences
A new study maps out which regions have seen increases in the magnitude of destructive river flooding, and why.

Global warming is driving big changes in floods across Europe by fueling the atmosphere with more moisture and changing the path and speed of rain storms, new research shows.

In some areas, that means more rainfall and surging rivers that could overwhelm levees if communities don't plan for increasing flooding. Other regions have seen a decline in rain and snow, which sets up a different challenge: as flood risk there decreases, it could discourage investments in defensive measures, leaving communities vulnerable to less frequent but still damaging extreme storms.

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