Ancient floodstones sought to help predict climate change 

Posted: April 4, 2016 by oldbrew in Measurement, weather
Water gauge on the Danube [image credit:]

Water gauge on the Danube [image credit:]

A slight problem in England could be that parts of the south e.g. London have been slowly sinking into the clay for centuries, so readings might not tell the whole story.

When it comes to predicting climate change, most scientists use state-of-the-art supercomputers to model future trends. But researchers at the University of Sheffield are hoping to gather information that is a little closer to home. 

Scientists are hunting for ancient floodstones which record the high level of water going back hundreds of years.

Thousands of homes and buildings across Britain have plaques marking unusual periods of high tide and flooding. Now Shieffield University has launched a project to record their locations and information to help make more accurate predictions of which areas are at risk of flooding.

Most flooding records only go back 150 years, but floodstones often record water from much earlier. Even Roman examples have been found.

From Daily Telegraph Science: Ancient floodstones sought to help predict climate change 

To submit a floodstone location, members of the public can go to the project’s website and use a Google map function which enables them to pinpoint the exact location of a floodstone on a map.

There is also a facility to add a photo of the stone and details about its age.

He added: “Communities across the country know first-hand the impact that flooding can have in their area, but they may also know where these floodstones are located.

This knowledge could be vital in helping us construct a database, which can then help forecasters make more accurate predictions of when and where flooding is likely to occur.”

To contribute to the project, members of the public are invited to visit:

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘most scientists use state-of-the-art supercomputers to model future trends’

    The computers may be state-of-the-art but some of the programs they contain are more like state-of-the-ark.

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  3. Fanakapan says:

    Looks like the making of a cop out for local authorities who may have chosen to remain ignorant of even 100 year events when supposedly working on the implications of development and its effects on run off ?

  4. tom0mason says:

    They also have a WordPress site called
    I’m still left wondering if this is done for disinterestedly gaining knowledge or is it for chasing down some insurance companies’ money.

    [mod note] this link is in the post

  5. oldbrew says:

    ‘Currently, Computer Models are Ridiculous Failures — At Least When Used in Climate’

    Quote 1: This week in Oxford, an important conference on improving the credibility and usefulness of computer modeling will be held at the Alan Turing Institute. If one of the outcomes of the conference is an improvement in data transparency and reproducibility — and an upgrading in model validation — we may begin to see computer modeling come into its own, instead of being used as a tool of political policy deception.

    Quote 2: Modern Climate “Science” Based Upon Computer Modeling is a Cult, Not a Science