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Global Warming - London Flooding

With a 3D model it is possible to visualise the impact of sea level change. South London is built on marsh land and is thus more prone to flooding. We have produced a movie that illustrates sea level rise in metres. It clearly picks up the moat around the Tower of London within a metre increase and then follows on to flood most of the Waterloo/South Bank area of London. The movie below does not take into account flood defenses, merely a direct sea level rise.

If we exaggerate the surface model of London in terms of height it shows clearly the reason why South London floods extensively compared to North of the Thames, as the image above illustrates.

You can view the full Virtual London model via the links in the side menu..


  1. Anonymous5:23 AM

    Wish I could see it on a Mac. Alas.

  2. Anonymous2:38 PM

    David, you should be able to download a Mac version of a DivX player at:

  3. Anonymous2:46 PM


    When I click on your link to view the movie on my PC, all I get is 'Page could not be displayed' message come up in my browser? I have the latest version of XP and windows explorer?

    I'm really interested in Sea level rise in London.

    Many Thanks,

  4. Charlie,

    Thanks for the comment, sorry you cant see the movie. I've just tested it and all seems fine.

    It should open Windows Media Player or your default movie player.

    Try the link again and if its still not working drop me a email (my email is on the right of the blog) and we can sort it out so you can view the movie.

    All the best,


  5. I would like to use this on our website...

    we are painting the 7 meter elevation contour on the streets of coastal cities.

    Smitee... email me...

  6. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Hi, This looks very useful and I would like some clients to see the power of the technique. However I get 'Windows Media Player encountered an unknown error' every time I try to play this clip.
    Robin Waters

  7. Anonymous9:31 AM

    The movie is now via YouTube so should be viewable by everyone :)


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  9. Anonymous9:48 PM

    this is good :S

  10. Anonymous5:56 PM

    By the way, are you doing more research on this? Would it possible to interview you? I am in London and actually went to UCL for my undergrad!