Historical climatology and coastal change associated with the 'Great Storm' of January 2005, South Uist and Benbecula, Scottish Outer Hebrides

Alastair G. Dawson, Sue Dawson, William Ritchie

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-149
Number of pages15
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • coastal and marine studies
  • environmental studies
  • geomorphology
  • winter
  • storminess
  • extreme coastal change
  • climate change
  • North-Atlantic

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