UWE Bristol researchers want to talk to groups about management drought in Cornwall

Issue date: 28 May 2015


Drought

Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are seeking to talk to groups and people in Cornwall about the impact of drought on water availability and management of resources.

The Drought Risk and You (DRY) project will be attending the Royal Cornwall Show on Friday 5 June and a workshop at Lostwithiel Community Centre on Saturday 6 June.

Dr Liz Roberts from UWE Bristol said, “We are inviting people to share any images, archival documents or memories/stories about water use, changes to river use, and previous drought experiences near the River Fowey.

The series of workshops will be of interest to community groups, youth groups, conservation groups, gardeners, allotment holders, small local business, tourist and leisure activity providers, farmers and agricultural suppliers, people involved in the built environment and water infrastructure and supply like architects, plumbers, social housing organisations.

The workshop on 6 June is specifically for the public and local communities. It will be very informal and offers a chance to socialise and share stories and memories with others in the community. We plan to involve participants in the creation of a digital story that can then be shared within the community and online. It will also be a chance for participants to see some of the old photographs that the project has found of drought and different uses of the river Fowey, and to contribute to a growing archive with their own images.”

UWE Bristol is leading a team of researchers from seven universities and the Climate Outreach and Information Network to improve the evidence base for management decisions made in drought risk management in the UK. The Drought Risk and You (DRY) project led by UWE Bristol's Professor Lindsey McEwen will integrate forecasting models on the impact of droughts on water resources availability, with local knowledge of the impacts of drought.

Professor McEwen said, “We will look at the effects of drought at a variety of scales, from small plots to the entire catchment area setting up drought experiments in urban and rural areas to use as stimuli for conversations with users about drought risk and how to mitigate this.

The study will focus on the impact of drought on seven water catchments - areas associated with known rivers - in England, Wales and Scotland, including the Fowey.”

The results will be reported in 2018 and used to develop a web-based management tool to make it easier to make decisions that will minimise the gap between the water supply and demand, now and in the future, through a better understanding of the drought effects on various members of the community, different sectors that use water, and ecosystems.

For further information about the DRY Project, see the project website or email DRY@uwe.ac.uk. To take part in a workshop, please email dry@uwe.ac.uk or call Rachael Kennedy on 0117 32 87024.

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