What a difference a year makes. Sun outside, hardly any rain in weeks - cold, with a little mist - basically typically beautiful Christmas weather on the north campus (although I am aware that there are weather warnings in place for later in the week - so this does not count as jinxing us).
December 2015 saw me fleeing a Sci:Comm conference in Athlone at the head of some of the wettest weather for winter on record, resulting in the activation of the Copernicus Emergency Mapping Scheme for areas along the Shannon catchment and elsewhere on the 8th December 2015. Readers of this blog might have come across some of the work we did on flooding this year, demo-ing the capabilities of EO data and the archive of Copernicus Emergency Mapping in articles for the SCSI Surveyors Journal and RICS Land Journal, but also in three conference presentations and a Society of Chartered Surveyors CPD talk. I came across an interesting post yesterday on Irish Economy blog summarising the financial cost of the event quite well.
"Counting the cost of last winter’s flooding: Evidence from disruptions to the road network"
Some sobering statistics on the cost of that one event (albeit a prolonged one) and great use of maps and distance/travel metrics to display the financial cost of the flooding to commutes etc.