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  • About Drought briefing note: Which farming areas of England and Wales are most at risk from economic losses due to drought?

    This briefing note looks at the effects of water scarcity and drought on crops which require supplemental irrigation, and includes some ideas on steps which may help to mitigate losses to farmers. This is the first of a series of briefs to support improved decision making in relation to droughts and water scarcity. We are … Continue reading "About Drought briefing note: Which farming areas of England and Wales are most at risk from economic losses due to drought?"Read More »
  • News review: perceptions of water in Britain

    Print media reacted to the Environment Agency’s briefing in early January on low groundwater levels and the prospect of a summer drought with headlines ranging from ‘Floody drought’ (The Sun) to ‘Drenched by the wrong kind of rain’ (The i).  As Southern Water applied for an abstraction permit journalists were given a background briefing putting the … Continue reading "News review: perceptions of water in Britain"Read More »
  • Event debrief: Seasonal Forecasting – Meeting User Needs

    The About Drought programme collaborated with the British Hydrological Society, University of Reading and University of Loughborough to present a national workshop on seasonal forecasting. The aim of the workshop, held in Loughborough in January 2018, was to focus on the seasonal forecast needs of users and practitioners, and to identify ways of improving the … Continue reading "Event debrief: Seasonal Forecasting – Meeting User Needs"Read More »
  • Event debrief: 9th International Corpus Linguistics conference

    Carmen Dayrell from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University, has presented her work with Helen Baker and Tony McEnery on a diachronic analysis of newspaper articles about drought and water scarcity at the 9th International Corpus Linguistics conference (CL2017). Corpus linguistics is a methodology for the systematic analysis of … Continue reading "Event debrief: 9th International Corpus Linguistics conference"Read More »
  • About Drought Showcase March 14: Thank you

    Thank you to all the delegates who attended the About Drought Showcase in Birmingham. Around 120 people representing a very broad range of interests and expertise joined us to connect with the truly interdisciplinary research initiative that is the RCUK Drought & Water Scarcity programme. Outputs from the day will be available to view in … Continue reading "About Drought Showcase March 14: Thank you"Read More »
  • Event debrief: ENDOWS communities stakeholders meeting 27th Oct 2017

    Which communities and why? How best do we connect a diverse range of publics and communities with research arising from the NERC Drought and Water Scarcity research programme? This was one of the themes discussed at the first Community Stakeholder workshop held at the University of the West of England, Bristol on 27th October 2017. … Continue reading "Event debrief: ENDOWS communities stakeholders meeting 27th Oct 2017"Read More »
  • Event debrief: ENDOWS business stakeholders meeting 31st Oct 2017

    Business impacts of water scarcity If your business didn’t have access to water or sufficient water quality, what would the impacts be? What are the priorities for businesses when it comes to information about drought and water scarcity? These were two of the themes discussed at a Business Stakeholder workshop held at the University of … Continue reading "Event debrief: ENDOWS business stakeholders meeting 31st Oct 2017"Read More »
  • Event debrief: MaRIUS LIVE! London, Nov 2017

    MaRIUS LIVE! Managing the risks, impacts and uncertainties of droughts and water scarcity was held on the 2nd of November 2017. Trevor Bishop, Director of Strategy and Planning at OFWAT, described MaRIUS as “one of the most important bits of research that we’ve seen in drought and water scarcity” as more than 80 delegates met … Continue reading "Event debrief: MaRIUS LIVE! London, Nov 2017"Read More »
  • UK Hydrological Situation Update December 2017

    Drought and Water Scarcity Programme researchers from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the British Geological Survey have published an overview of the current hydrological status of the UK. The hydrological situation in November, showing river flows (left) and groundwater levels (right). ©NERCRead More »
  • Like a fish out of water: water scarcity, and even drought, can be surprisingly local

    The notion that it always rains is a pillar of the British psyche, but does it really? Real droughts only occur in far-away lands, or do they? But the truth is that water scarcity can be both common and very localised, and even when very local it can still have significant impacts. The current situation … Continue reading "Like a fish out of water: water scarcity, and even drought, can be surprisingly local"Read More »
  • Planning for drought in England

    In England, water companies have plans that set out the actions they take before, during and after episodes of drought to ensure security of supply of water. The drought plans also describe how they will assess the effects on the environment and what they can do to mitigate any damage. The plans are revised regularly, … Continue reading "Planning for drought in England"Read More »