Articles | Volume 23, issue 7
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-2531-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-2531-2023
Research article
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17 Jul 2023
Research article |  | 17 Jul 2023

Meteotsunami in the United Kingdom: the hidden hazard

Clare Lewis, Tim Smyth, David Williams, Jess Neumann, and Hannah Cloke

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Meteotsunami are globally occurring water waves initiated by atmospheric disturbances. Previous research has suggested that in the UK, meteotsunami are a rare phenomenon and tend to occur in the summer months. This article presents a revised and updated catalogue of 98 meteotsunami that occurred between 1750 and 2022. Results also demonstrate a larger percentage of winter events and a geographical pattern highlighting the hotspot regions that experience these events.
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