21 November 2001
Winter floods are here to stay

By FWi staff

WINTER floods are likely to become an increasingly frequent problem for farmers in coming years, a researcher has warned.

Tim Osborn, of the University of East Anglias climatic research unit, will present his research to the Royal Society on Wednesday (21 November).

He found that heavy rainfall for three or four consecutive days has increased by 60% in the past 40 years, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The floods in autumn 2000 were the worst on record in some places, said Dr Osborn. This corresponds to a very high number of heavy rainfall days.

He said that these patterns were likely to have been influenced by climate change.