Put together by think tank Bright Blue, the map used a form of artificial intelligence known as Natural Language Processing (NLP) to pull together news articles from thousands of local, regional and national newspapers published over the last 15 years.
The AI detected reports of flooding and compiled them, allowing researchers to piece together a fuller national picture of flooding in the UK since 2007.
You can navigate the map by scrolling or zooming in on it manually, or alternatively, you can use filters to look at the impact of specific storm events or the impact on specific types of infrastructure.
This means you can look specifically at the impact of flooding on schools or hospitals, or even for specific types of flooding such as flash flooding.
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A number of other factors can also affect the severity of a flood, such as the quality or condition of flood barriers and the resilience of drainage systems, which are outdated in many parts of the UK.
Increased urbanisation can also put additional pressure on drainage systems.
Which areas of the UK are worst-affected?
It’s difficult to say definitively which areas of the UK are “worst” affected by flooding as flooding comes in a variety of forms, including coastal and river flooding as well as flash flooding.
One area badly affected by coastal flooding is Cornwall, due to its proximity to the sea, while Somerset – sitting below sea level – is badly affected by river flooding.
Cumbria is very badly affected by flash flooding, as one of the wettest areas of the UK.
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