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: http://floodstones.co.uk/