Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire: July 2007

Flood maps are key to future planning

Scientists from the British Geological Survey once again used a light aeroplane to investigate flooding this week - just weeks after a similar flight over the North of England. Dr John Carney and scientific photographer Paul Witney observed flooding from 600 m (2000 ft) as they flew over the worst affected areas around Oxford, Gloucester and Tewkesbury. Dr Carney and Marieta Garcia-Bajo of the Geological Indicators of Flooding Team have been busy comparing photographs and video footage of the flight with the new BGS Geological Indicators of Flooding Map.

Photographs of the end of July 2007 flooding taken during a specially chartered flight over Gloucester and Tewkesbury, compared with BGS data: Geological Indicators of Flooding. Images show a close correlation between the geological dataset and flooding at Mythe Water Treatment Works and Tewkesbury Abbey.

Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire

Tewkesbury Abbey surrounded by water, 24/07/07
Flood prone areas around Tewkesbury Abbey - as shown by the BGS Geological Indicators of Flooding Map.

Mythe Water treatment works, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Aerial photo of flooding around Mythe Waterworks, Tewkesbury (2007).
Geological Indicators of Flooding (GIF) and digital terrain model  (DTM) around Mythe Waterworks, Tewkesbury, The BGS GIF Dataset at Barnby shows where flooding was expected.

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