EGU General Assembly 2020
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Measuring temporal and spatial scales of compound events in the United Kingdom

Aloïs Tilloy1, Bruce Malamud1, Hugo Winter2, and Amelie Joly-Laugel2
Aloïs Tilloy et al.
  • 1King's college London, Geography, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (
  • 2Environment and Natural Hazard Group, EDF Energy R&D UK Centre

Multi-hazard events have the potential to cause damages to infrastructures and people that may differ greatly from the associated risks posed by singular hazards. Interrelations between natural hazards also operate on different spatial and temporal scales than single natural hazards. Therefore, the measure of spatial and temporal scales of natural hazard interrelations still remain challenging. The objective of this study is to refine and measure temporal and spatial scales of natural hazards and their interrelations by using a spatiotemporal clustering technique. To do so, spatiotemporal information about natural hazards are extracted from the ERA5 climate reanalysis. We focus here on the interrelation between two natural hazards (extreme precipitation and extreme wind gust) during the period 1969-2019 within a region including Great Britain and North-West France. The characteristics of our input data (i.e. important size, high noise level) and the absence of assumption about the shape of our hazard clusters guided the choice of a clustering algorithm toward the DBSCAN clustering algorithm. To create hazard clusters, we retain only extreme values (above the 99% quantile) of precipitation and wind gust. We analyse the characteristics (eg., size, duration, season, intensity) of single and compound events of rain and wind impacting our study area. We then measure the impact of the spatial and temporal scales defined in this study on the nature of the interrelation between extreme rainfall and extreme wind in the UK. We therefore demonstrate how this methodology can be applied to a different set of natural hazards.

How to cite: Tilloy, A., Malamud, B., Winter, H., and Joly-Laugel, A.: Measuring temporal and spatial scales of compound events in the United Kingdom, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-1841,, 2019


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