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  • Far reaching influence of MaRIUS research into water risks

    By Dr Helen Gavin, Project Manager for MaRIUS Research from the MaRIUS project is widely recognised as having transformed how water risks are managed by the Government, water suppliers and regulators. MaRIUS (Managing the risks, impacts and uncertainties of droughts and water scarcity) developed the first national-scale water resource model for England and Wales, triggering … Continue reading "Far reaching influence of MaRIUS research into water risks"Read More »
  • Groundwater management during droughts and future prospects

    A new publication has been released today which explores how our essential groundwater resources are managed during droughts, and against a backdrop of environmental change, what future priorities should be. The work reports the outputs from a meeting over 50 hydrogeologists from water companies, regulators, consultancies and academia that was held by About Drought in … Continue reading "Groundwater management during droughts and future prospects"Read More »
  • Putting real-time data into the hands of water managers

    A year on from the launch of the UK Water Resources Portal, it is being used as a valuable and reliable real-time water monitoring tool by environmental and water managers. The web-based system tracks the latest hydrological situation across England, Wales and Scotland, allowing users to explore up-to-date data including rainfall, river flows, soil moisture … Continue reading "Putting real-time data into the hands of water managers"Read More »
  • Historic Droughts: Using the past to inform the future

    Lucy Barker (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) presents on a number of cutting edge aspects of drought science. Climate change projections indicate that extreme events will increase in their frequency and severity in the future.  An improved understanding of the drought events of the past can inform current and future management. In this talk, … Continue reading "Historic Droughts: Using the past to inform the future"Read More »
  • Experts from About Drought discuss the past few months remarkable weather

    Experts from the About Drought project have given updates on the recent changeable weather we’ve been seeing in the UK and further afield. The team at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) released a blog post which focused on the hydrological transformation following the wettest February on record, which soon turned into one … Continue reading "Experts from About Drought discuss the past few months remarkable weather"Read More »
  • Interested in the UK water resources situation?

    Following the wettest February on record earlier this year, last month is set to be declared the driest May in England for 124 years with some water regions warning of potential drought conditions. The UK Water Resources Portal allows anyone with an interest in current water resources or drought conditions to explore the data both nationally and … Continue reading "Interested in the UK water resources situation?"Read More »
  • TRANS.MISSION II – UK

    Hay Festival and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) joined forces for Trans.MISSION II, a new global project pairing leading environmental researchers with award-winning storytellers to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences. The UK strand saw British writer and journalist Patrice Lawrence paired with scientists Dr Sarah Ayling, Professor Lindsey McEwen from the DRY project. Using the project’s … Continue reading "TRANS.MISSION II – UK"Read More »
  • Book bringing drought research to children wins national award – DRY: Diary of a Water Superhero

    A drought storybook for children has won a national award for its beautifully illustrated message about water scarcity in the UK. In announcing the Geographical Association Publishers’ Silver Award for ‘DRY: Diary of a Water Superhero’ on Thursday, April 16th (2020), judges said ‘… this fantastic picture book found the perfect balance as a powerful … Continue reading "Book bringing drought research to children wins national award – DRY: Diary of a Water Superhero"Read More »
  • Top author turns research into a story for Hay Festival

    An award-winning author specialising in teen fiction is writing a story based on About Drought and Drought Risk & You (DRY) research for the world-famous Hay Festival. Patrice Lawrence, whose novel Orangeboy won the Bookseller Young Adult Prize and the Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction, has been partnered with About Drought through Trans.MISSIONII, a … Continue reading "Top author turns research into a story for Hay Festival"Read More »
  • About Drought held up as an exemplar of research that has revolutionised the way the UK manages drought and water scarcity

    Report back from the final event held at The Royal Society The UK’s £12m Drought & Water Scarcity Programme, About Drought, has been praised as ‘an exemplar’ of interdisciplinary research by the head of UK Research & Innovation and ‘revolutionary in the way it has been delivered’ by a key stakeholder. Sir Mark Walport, Chief … Continue reading "About Drought held up as an exemplar of research that has revolutionised the way the UK manages drought and water scarcity"Read More »
  • Report back from Drought & Water Scarcity Conference

    Drought and Water Scarcity: addressing current and future challenges, International Conference View presentations below This international event was held at Pembroke College, University of Oxford over 20-21 March 2019. Speakers from around the world gathered to present and discuss their research on drought and water scarcity.  There was an impressive range of data, topics, in-depth … Continue reading "Report back from Drought & Water Scarcity Conference"Read More »
  • About Drought research to feature at RGS-IBG annual conference

    Innovative work from the DRY (Drought Risk & You) Project including storying drought, drought media and communication triggers for changing water use, will be presented at the prestigious annual RGS-IBG (Royal Geographical Society with the Institute for British Geographers) international conference. The conference is being held at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 27th … Continue reading "About Drought research to feature at RGS-IBG annual conference"Read More »
  • About Drought experts at EGU General Assembly 2019

    Experts from across the UK’s £12m drought and water scarcity research programme – About Drought – will be sharing insights at EGU2019, including Dr Katie Smith who has been invited to present a keynote talk. Droughts and water scarcity jointly pose a substantial threat to the environment, agriculture, infrastructure, society and culture in the UK, … Continue reading "About Drought experts at EGU General Assembly 2019"Read More »
  • Thank you: Drought and Water Scarcity: addressing current and future challenges, International Conference

    Thank you to all the guest speakers, presenters, poster pitchers and delegates who joined us from the UK and around the world for our Drought & Water Scarcity Conference on March 20-21. The impressive range of data, topics, in-depth knowledge and communication insights demonstrated the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the research that makes up … Continue reading "Thank you: Drought and Water Scarcity: addressing current and future challenges, International Conference"Read More »
  • Water-saving media campaign entries are a splash hit!

    “The results span both social media and traditional media platforms, embracing the humorous side of water-saving and aiming to draw in a new, younger audience with different attitudes to consumption and waste” By Dr Rebecca Pearce Research Fellow at University of Exeter, who was the social science coordinator for About Drought What’s the secret to … Continue reading "Water-saving media campaign entries are a splash hit!"Read More »
  • Drought experts to address UK conference March 20-21, Oxford

    From hydrological modelling to drought communications strategies, from Italy to Birmingham, an impressive line-up of speakers has been released for the Drought & Water Scarcity Conference in Oxford – a must for anyone in research and policy aspects of water supply, quality, data, modelling, environment, agriculture, risk, policy, regulation and more. The 2-day conference – … Continue reading "Drought experts to address UK conference March 20-21, Oxford"Read More »
  • Future water for food – About Drought at IRRIGEX 2019

    If you are going to IRRIGEX on February 27-28, you can talk to our experts from the About Drought programme on Stand 10. With many farmers unable to fill their reservoirs and time running out for winter fills, our leading researchers will be available at the two-day exhibition, in Peterborough, for informal conversations about the … Continue reading "Future water for food – About Drought at IRRIGEX 2019"Read More »
  • About Drought briefing note 2: How to plan and manage water resources for public water supply

    This About Drought brief, How to plan and manage water resources for public water supply: future directions, looks at some risks, challenges and opportunities for supplies of safe and wholesome water to the UK population. It aims to help water planners and managers by presenting some of the most up-to-date approaches for dealing with uncertainty, … Continue reading "About Drought briefing note 2: How to plan and manage water resources for public water supply"Read More »
  • 2018 World Water Week in Stockholm

    In late August 2018 Prof Paul Whitehead attended the World Water Week in Stockholm. This is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It was attended by over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Week. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range … Continue reading "2018 World Water Week in Stockholm"Read More »
  • Introducing UK drought and water scarcity research to Korean audiences in Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Jaeyoung Lee, who is a member of the MaRIUS project, received funding from the project to present her research at the 2018 Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology held in Glasgow, 20-24 August 2018. She describes her experience below. Every summer, the Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology (EKC) brings together Korean scientists and engineers … Continue reading "Introducing UK drought and water scarcity research to Korean audiences in Glasgow, United Kingdom"Read More »
  • Media response to an AboutDrought article

    About Drought’s Len Shaffrey wrote an article in Conversation UK in July which triggered heatwave and drought articles across the UK media spectrum. Len, who leads the About Drought IMPETUS project, improving predictions of drought to support decision-making, is particularly pleased to see climate change make The Sun front page. Read his original article in … Continue reading "Media response to an AboutDrought article"Read More »
  • About Drought Showcase Review

    The About Drought Showcase Review is available as an online magazine , featuring the high quality inter-disciplinary content from the About Drought Showcase held in March 2018. It is packed with useful presentations, links and information for people who attended as well as for those who did not. The Showcase Review also gives a detailed … Continue reading "About Drought Showcase Review"Read More »
  • Drought media briefing at the Science Media Centre

    Three experts from About Drought provided journalists with an insight into the impact of the UK summer drought – Jamie Hannaford, Professor Jim Hall and Professor Ian Holman. Answering questions from the Daily Mail, Press Association, BBC, Telegraph and Financial Times they presented detailed but accessible information on the pressure on water resources, highlighting the … Continue reading "Drought media briefing at the Science Media Centre"Read More »
  • 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 »