Hello and welcome to Meteowriter, the author website of Kevin Sene.
I’m a scientist and writer and my latest book is a travel guide to the Mersey Estuary in Liverpool, Wirral and Cheshire and its history, environment and wildlife. I have another guide due out soon on the Cumbria coast and have written technical books on water and climate. You can read more about them below along with tips on writing and photography.
I also write a blog on wildlife, the environment, maritime history and the coast and the Mersey and Cumbria pages on this site give a summary of recent posts. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to keep up to date with my latest book news and blog posts.
The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide
This guide, published in 2020, describes the Mersey Estuary and its history, environment and wildlife. It is available directly from Troubador Publishing and most bookshops and there is an ebook too. Here is the description from the Troubador site:
Stretching for around thirty miles to the coast, the Mersey Estuary is perhaps best known for Liverpool’s spectacular waterfront and the Mersey Ferry. But there are many other hidden gems along its shores, including waterside parks, sandy beaches and poignant reminders of the days of steamships and sail.
The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide provides suggestions for places to visit along the estuary, from its upper reaches in Warrington to where it meets the sea at New Brighton and the Sefton Coast. Along the way, the book calls in at Widnes, Runcorn, Ellesmere Port, Port Sunlight, Birkenhead, Liverpool and Formby Point, and includes an interesting mix of walks and cycling routes, ranging from a couple of hours to a full day out.
Readers will also discover some less well-known sights, including lighthouses, a castle, medieval buildings, and a transporter bridge, one of only eight left in the world.
For those interested in the history, environment and wildlife of the estuary, there is also an introduction to its nature reserves, geology, canals and bird life. Other topics include the development of the Port of Liverpool, including its famous Liver Birds, and how the estuary has been cleaned up in recent decades so that even salmon have returned. There are also tips on birdwatching and photography and on where to see seals and the Mersey’s little-known tidal bore.
With stunning colour photographs, The Mersey Estuary: A Travel Guide is a must-read for travellers to the area and local residents alike.
The Troubador site also includes reviews from readers, recent author news and a link to a short video about the book, and there are more reviews on Goodreads. If you’d like to see some photographs from the book there is a selection here and I describe how I went about writing it in this post.
I’m currently writing a book on the Cumbrian coast, which is due for publication in Summer 2021. I’ll be adding updates here and giving insights into the publication process in my newsletter.
Meanwhile there are blog posts on the England Coast Path, invasive plant species, seal spotting, the Arnside Bore and amazing waterbird displays called murmurations; see the Cumbria page for a summary.
I’ve also written technical books on flash floods, hydrometeorology and flood warning and forecasting, all published by Springer. Typical readers include practitioners and researchers and they are useful for university courses too.
Topics vary between books but taken together include flood warning, flood forecasting, hydropower, irrigation, water resources, droughts, rainfall forecasting, urban flooding, tidal prediction, coastal flooding, probabilistic forecasting, emergency response, decision support systems and water quality.
Some common themes include how variations in rainfall and climate affect river flows, lake levels and other aspects of the natural environment, and how we can understand, predict and reduce the risks.