Wednesday 13 December at 11 am
30 minutes duration Host: Helen Gavin, University of Oxford/Atkins Presenter: Helen Gavin (slides by Jamie Hannaford, CEH)
This webinar features the UK Research Councils’ programme, ‘Drought and Water Scarcity in the UK’. The webinar will focus on a project within this programme called ‘ENDOWS’: ENgaging diverse stakeholders and publics with outputs from the UK DrOught and Water Scarcity programme.
The objective of ENDOWS is to engage with stakeholders, practitioners, and publics, to involve them in the UK Drought and Water Scarcity programme and to disseminate information about the findings, outputs and datasets arising from the programme that everyone can use.
Jamie Hannaford will give a 20 minute overview to the ENDOWS phase of work, and afterwards there will 10 minutes to answer questions.
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.
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.
Reliable seasonal forecasts can support planning of water resources for a variety of purposes, including allocation for urban and rural water supply, irrigation scheduling, reservoir operation, routine maintenance of infrastructure, and preparedness for hydro-meteorological extremes. In recent years, improvements have been made in seasonal forecasting skill. However, without translation of these state-of-the-art forecast products into direct, actionable information, little ‘real’ progress can be made. The aim of this workshop is to focus on the seasonal forecast needs of users and practitioners, and to identify ways of improving the dissemination, uptake and operationalisation of seasonal forecasts by the water and agricultural sectors.
Confirmed speakers include:
The EFAS seasonal forecasting system (Louise Arnal, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts)
Advancing the science behind operational seasonal forecasting: the Hydrological Outlook UK (Jamie Hannaford, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)
Seasonal forecasting for effective water management on the canal network (David Mould, Canal & River Trust).
Seasonal weather forecasts and British farming (Ceris Jones, National Farmers’ Union)
The Global Flood Awareness System (Rebecca Emerton, Water @ Reading University)
Ensemble projections, scenarios and forecasts: operational assessment of water resources prospects (Richard Davis and Karen James, Environment Agency)
Improving seasonal drought forecasting for user-decision making: The IMPETUS, EdGE and ENDOWS projects (Shaun Harrigan, Simon Parry, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)
Abstract submission: Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are welcomed. Please send your abstract (up to 300 words) including title, authors and affiliations to SeasonalForecasting@lboro.ac.uk by Friday 15th December 2017.