The Scots experts at St Andrews University in Fife seem not to have spared any thoughts for the local effects in, say, nearby Crail or Methil.
So, from our Environment Correspondent, Dr Ian Flood in 2020
In the Observer, SIX prominent flooding academics lined up to blame the Tory Government for its lack of action and to warn of far worse to come.
Meanwhile BBC Scotland did find one woman who had to be rescued from her car but then returned to her disappointingly dry house and preferred to headline the supposed challenge to ‘Sturgeon’s’ leadership.
Sources tell us that Professor Hugh Pennington has offered to pretend he knows about flood defences if that will help Reporting Scotland out in these difficult times.
This gives me another opportunity to repeat the evidence for Scotland having better flood protection, never mentioned in our NoMedia:
As far back as 2006, researchers at the English College of Estates Management, whose patron is HRH Prince of Wales, made a number of highly encouraging comments about the achievements of the Labour-run Scottish Executive, SEPA and the Local Authorities:
As far as flood protection is concerned, unlike in England, the 1 in 200-year standard of protection is ‘universal’ for all new buildings, with a 1,000-year standard for such vulnerable uses as old people’s homes, schools, hospitals etc. In addition, construction in flood hazard areas has almost completely ended. Crichton (2003: 26) estimates that “the active flood management programme currently in progress will result in almost all high-risk properties being protected against the 200-year flood within the next three years, taking climate change into account.” It is also interesting to note that the Scottish Executive grants for flood defences have never been refused on the grounds of budget restraints and there is no rationing of flood defence spending.
It is clear, however, that the more stringent building standards which are applied in Scotland ensure that severe storms result in much less property damage than comparable events in England. Also, the level of flood protection and the commitment of funding to achieve flood protection are higher in Scotland than in England.’
College of Estates Management at: https://www.cem.ac.uk/media/28193/flooding.pdf
Also, from Dr Flood’s research assistant, Eva Schadenfreude:
A coastal map created by a university has shown southern Ireland, eastern England and Wales are sinking while Scotland is rising. The map, produced by scientists from Durham University, charts the post Ice-Age tilt of the UK and Ireland and the changes in sea level this produces. According to the map, the sinking effect in the south could add between 10% and 33% to projected sea level rises caused by global warming over the next century.
Not the same map but more clear:
Torybush? Try not to think of that.