Dorset is a county in Southwest England on the English Channel coast. Its Jurassic coast is included as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It represents a key tourist destination with a high economic value (2019: £1.8bn >30m visitors, 41k jobs), with multiple areas exhibiting vulnerability to climate-related hazards throughout the year. The resident population is about 770,000.

Investigated climate extremes

The area is affected by multiple precipitation-induced hazards (intense rainfall, coastal/fluvial/pluvial flooding, landslide, storms and storm surges, coastal flooding) which cause significant impacts to communities. These hazards can occur as singular events or as compound/cascading events. Similar multi-risk conditions occur in many other locations in the coastal cities of Northern Europe.

Main needs

  • To leverage new and novel methods in monitoring, nowcasting and weather forecasting to support improved hazard and impact assessment across the short-term and into the climate timeframe.
  • To identify ways to improve the understanding of the skill of hazard and impact forecasts under different synoptic conditions.
  • To increase people’s knowledge about the potential impact of climate change on precipitation induced hazards.
  • To improve product visualisation, information content and dissemination for hazard and impact models.

Territories with related risks

Berne Canton, Switzerland

Tisza River Basin, Hungary

East fjords, Iceland

Vilnius, Lithuania

Lattari mountains, Italy

Schleswig-Holstein State, Germany

Val d’Aran Region, Spain

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