This paper describes some of the changes that affected the coastlines of South Uist and Benbecula following the 'Great Storm' of 11 January 2005. The paper considers historical changes in patterns of winter storminess and addresses the issue of whether or not there has been a recent increase in regional storminess, manifested partly by this particular storm. The paper concludes on the basis of available Greenland ice core chemistry data and historical climate data, together with recent meteorological data, that no such increase has taken place. This surprising conclusion is further discussed in relation to current thinking on the nature of recent climate change.
Bibliographical noteFirst detailed account of coastal landscape changes that took place as a result of the Great Storm of January 2005 in the Scottish Outer Hebrides
- coastal and marine studies
- environmental studies
- extreme coastal change
- climate change