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Watch this Introducing ENDOWS webinar to get an introduction to our current phase of work within the UK Drought and Water Scarcity Programme - ENDOWS: Engaging diverse stakeholders and publics with outputs from the UK Drought and Water Scarcity programme.

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A dry river bed in the UK

A dry river bed in the UK, © British Geological Survey

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Droughts and water scarcity jointly pose a substantial threat to the environment, agriculture, infrastructure, society and culture in the UK, yet our ability to characterise and predict their occurrence, duration and intensity, as well as minimise their impacts, is often inadequate.

The UK Droughts & Water Scarcity research programme is a five-year interdisciplinary, £12 million+ NERC programme in collaboration with ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC and AHRC. It is supporting improved decision-making in relation to droughts and water scarcity by providing research that identifies, predicts and responds to the interrelationships between their multiple drivers and impacts.


Dr Rebecca Pearce has been recording oral histories of droughts from across the UK. In the Who’d Have Thought That? About Drought podcast series, Rebecca explores these and analyses the social impacts of droughts from 1890 to the present day.

The transcript for this podcast, and other episodes, can be found on the Experiences of drought page.

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