The environment work stream has developed five ecosystem-based report cards to communicate the effects of drought in an accessible way. The report cards are a synthesis of existing knowledge and new research within the programme. The ecosystems are:
The report cards capture the latest, cutting edge data from the programme and designed to be used by all, including the general public. The series summarises current and future aspects of water scarcity in the main ecosystems of the UK and cover the ecosystem responses, future scenarios and potential for drought management.
Woodland modelling undertaken by Dr Pam Berry and colleagues
at the University of Oxford has explored in the impact of climate change on the
distribution of key woodland species in Great Britain. The resultant datasets
map changes in the drought vulnerability for 12 tree species and for two
periods, the 2030s and the 2080s. Six categories of potential natural
vegetation are also mapped for (i) the present, (ii) the 2030s and (iii) the
2080s. The modelling shows potential changes in leaf area, net primary
productivity and net ecosystem productivity.
explorer interface is in development, which allows users to explore these maps
interactively, including zooming into their particular location, and allows the
user to swipe between two periods for a given location. If you would like to be
included as a beta tester for the explorer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.