New research shows droughts may be more costly than floods in cities
Large areas of the Iberian Peninsula are experiencing extreme drought conditions with Spain experiencing the worst drought for decades
We held our Showcase Event on 2 November 2017 to set out the findings of the MaRIUS research, and what outputs are available. This event profiled the research findings on the effect and impacts of droughts and water scarcity in the UK, what outputs are available for use; what further work that is planned, and how interested parties can get involved.
The span of the MaRIUS project is large and covers physical and social science topics including: drought governance; drought options and management; community responses and environmental competency. It includes climatic aspects of drought and the derivation of a synthetic ‘drought event library’; hydrological responses both on a catchment and national scale; effects on water quality including nutrient concentration in rivers and algal concentrations in reservoirs, and effect of land use change; the ramifications on water resources on the Thames catchment and also nationally. It includes the impact of drought and water scarcity on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; agriculture and farming; the economy; and on electricity production.
The event was very successful and provided a key opportunity for stakeholders and researchers to meet and discuss the effect and impact of drought and water scarcity in the UK and what research outputs are available for the whole community.
View further information on the MaRIUS website
31 October 2017
The UKIA Irrigation Association is holding its 2018 Spring Conference in Peterborough (see attached flyer). The theme is ‘The changing nature of water management – How do irrigators engage with change?’ The Special Guest Speaker (Dr Wiehann Steyn) will be discussing the current severe drought in South Africa and implications for agriculture and UK imports.