Groundwater supply during droughts workshop

Monday 1 July 2019
Location: Priory Rooms, Birmingham
Registration: Online registration

Aims of the workshop

Groundwater supply during droughts: image of draft programme
Groundwater supply during droughts: draft programme

As part of the UK Drought and Water Scarcity Programme funded by NERC, we are planning a one-day workshop for groundwater professionals with an interest in water supply. The workshop will be held at the Priory Rooms in Birmingham on Monday 1 July. The aim of the workshop is to generate evidence and take guidance from the community for the production of two outputs. The first output will be a short policy brief on groundwater drought planning and management in the UK, similar in form to the Houses of Parliament POSTnotes series. The second output will be a longer commentary-style article for the peer-reviewed literature on the current state-of-the-art related to groundwater drought planning and management practices and an assessment of future applied research directions and requirements.

Context

We believe that opportunity to reflect on the status of the UK’s current groundwater drought planning and management practices and on future research needs is timely given a range of recent government and industry initiatives. Reducing the risk of harm to people, the environment and the economy from natural hazards, including drought, is one of the core goals of the Governments’ 25 year plan to improve the environment that was published last year. In England, water supply companies are just completing revisions to their Water Resource Management Plans and Drought Plans and will soon be preparing for the next planning cycle. In addition, over the last couple of years there have been a number of significant technical developments, for example publication of the UKWIR Drought Vulnerability Framework in late 2017; outputs from the NERC-funded UK Drought and Water Scarcity Programme, and the opportunities offered by the publication of the UKCP18 data.

Audience

We envisage that the workshop will be of interest to a wide range of groundwater and water resource professionals. Such as water company hydrogeologists responsible for groundwater aspects of drought management planning and operational water resource issues (e.g. groundwater resource situation reporting and forecasting); environmental regulators with responsibilities for groundwater resources, such as Environment Agency staff; and, consultants and academics with an interest in groundwater supply and drought.

Registration

Registration for the workshop is online and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note places are limited so early registration is encouraged. The draft programme is available to download.
Workshop convenors: Matt Ascott, John Bloomfield and Rob Ward (British Geological Survey)

Contact: Matt Ascott at British Geological Survey email: matta@bgs.ac.uk phone: 01491 69 2408

Draft programme

The draft programme is available as a PDF download: draft programme.

About Drought: Agriculture and ecological impacts

Thursday 7th March 2019, 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Location: The Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London (Nearest tube: Westminster)
Event organiser: About Drought and BHS
Event type: Meeting
Bookings: No registration is required. No charge.

BHS and About Drought (UK Drought and Water Scarcity Programme – ENDOWS Engaging diverse stakeholders and publics with outputs from the UK Drought and Water Scarcity) initiative invite you to this evening discussion of cross-sectoral impacts of drought on agriculture and river ecology.

Prof Ian Holman, Cranfield Water Science Institute

The 2018 drought – lessons for the agricultural sector
2018 was a very challenging year for the agricultural sector. This presentation will review some of the impacts experienced by the agricultural sector last year and consider how lessons from last year can be taken forward to inform increased drought resilience in the sector.

Dr Francois Edwards, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

The ecology of drought in rivers

The presentation will delve into the ecological impacts, resilience and recovery of rivers subject to drought.

There is no charge to attend this meeting and both BHS members and non-members are welcome. No registration is required.

Enquiries: Victoria Crellin (01372) 756813, victoria.crellin@atkinsglobal.com

The changing nature of water management

28 February 2018
Location: Peterborough
Event organiser: UK Irrigation Association
Event type: UKIA Spring Conference
Registration: Register online

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.

Further information is available on the registration page.

Conference brochure (pdf) from UKIA website.