The University of the West of England (UWE) at Bristol is leading a four-year project funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) to develop an easy-to-use, evidence-based resource which can be used in decision-making in drought risk management.
The project will integrate arts, humanities and social science research methods with hydrological, meteorological, agricultural and ecological science knowledge, through multi-partner collaboration. Seven case study catchment areas in England, Wales and Scotland will be selected for the study.
The Emergency Planning Society has been invited to be a member of the Stakeholder Competency Group through all stages of the project, because of the role many of our members play in local and regional resilience issues, and we are pleased to accept the invitation and take an active role.
The information and research material will be shared within, and among stakeholder groups, as the project develops.
Project outputs will include:
the decision-making support utility incorporating science-narrative resources;
hydrological models for the seven selected case-study catchments;
a social media web-platform to share project resources;
a database of species response/management options to mitigate drought/post-drought recovery at different scales; and
management guidelines on coping with drought/water scarcity at different scales.
The next Stakeholder Competency Meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th May 2015, at the University of the West of England, Bristol, from 1100-1600. If any member is interested in representing the Emergency Planning Society on this project, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide further details and discuss the project with you.