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Regional model for global warming
A new model to predict the impact of global warming on particular regions has been developed by scientists.

The STARDEX project led by the University of East Anglia, Norfolk, has looked at six regions across Europe.

The UK based teams' report revealed that by 2100 south-east and north-west England will see up to 25% increase in heavy rainfall during the winter.

UEA researchers believe the statistics will help enable local populations prepare for disasters such as flooding.

The research teams used observed station data for six case study across Europe and analysed climate trends over the past 40 years.

The other five areas studied were the German Rhine, Emilia Romagna, Greece, the Iberian peninsula and the Alps.

Dr Clare Goodess of UEA's Climatic Research Unit said: "The projections quantify the changes in the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events that can be expected in individual European cities and regions if no action is taken to reduce global warming."

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