Dr Ivan Haigh

Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography


March 2013

Interesting article

Watts Up With That?

By Dr. Patrick Michaels from World Climate Report

Sea level rise is a topic that we frequently focus on because of all the gross environmental alterations which may result from anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, it is perhaps the only one which could lead to conditions unexperienced by modern societies. A swift (or accelerating) sea level rise sustained for multiple decades and/or centuries would pose challenges for many coastal locations, including major cities around the world—challenges that would have to be met in some manner to avoid inundation of valuable assets. However, as we often point out, observational evidence on the rate of sea level rise is reassuring, because the current rate of sea level rise from global warming lies far beneath the rates associated with catastrophe. While some alarmists project sea level rise of between 1 to 6 meters (3 to 20 feet) by the end of this century, currently…

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interesting article.

The Progression Of The Tides

Fascinating old documentary on tides:

Later in the year I will be writing a encyclopaedia entry on tides.

Rescuing Historical UK Sea Level Data

During my PhD I digitised Historical sea level data, extending the Southampton record back to 1935. This web-site details other efforts to rescue historic data –


Understanding a coastal flood event: the 10th March 2008 storm surge event in the Solent, UK

Our new paper on coastal flooding has just been published online –

In this paper we model the inundation of the 10th March 2008 flood event, which generated the highest water level in Southampton water since 1935. We created a regional dataset of flood extent information and used this to validate the modelling.


WUN Changing Coasts Workshop

Attended this World Universities Network workshop last week: I gave a short talk on drivers of coastal change and a talk on the tides and extreme water level of Southampton Water for the field trip.

Western Australia’s Ocean Environment – A Voyage of Discovery

Check out these documentary. My research on sea level rise is featured around the 20 minute mark.



All at sea (York 2013) – What challenges remain in understanding past and future sea-level variability?

I will also be giving a invited talk at this conference: Come along.

International Short Conference on Advances in Extreme Value Analysis and Application to Natural Hazards (EVAN2013)

I’ll be giving an invited talk at this conference in Sep 2013: Should be good!

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