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..

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. David Sucher - December 3, 2005

    Wish I could see it on a Mac. Alas.

  2. Anonymous - December 4, 2005

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

  3. Charlie - March 8, 2006


    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. Smithee - March 10, 2006


    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. bruce c - November 8, 2006

    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. Anonymous - January 4, 2007

    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. Andy - January 4, 2007

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


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  9. Anonymous - February 2, 2009

    this is good :S

  10. melanie - March 23, 2009

    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!

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