National Meeting: Droughts: Research and Management


Wednesday 28 September 2011, University of Liverpool




Drought is one of the major natural hazards experienced in Britain and across much of the globe. Of the weather-related extreme events (floods, storms, etc.), drought is the most complex and both its causes and multifaceted impacts are poorly understood. Potentially persisting over weeks, months, years or decades, droughts may affect extensive areas and large populations. These spatial and temporal aspects, and complex interactions with environment and society, make it difficult to evaluate the potential costs and damage caused. The management of drought risk is increasingly challenging considering the uncertainty related to climatic variability and increased requirement and demand on water supplies, presenting water managers with difficult decisions in developing and managing resources. 


This one day British Hydrological Society meeting, which is being supported by the Royal Meteorological Society, aims to examine both the spatial and temporal aspects of droughts and to then place this information into the context of managing droughts for water resource provision. 


Audience: This one-day BHS meeting has clear interdisciplinary implications.  It should be of interest to a wide range of academics and practitioners in the public and private sector involved with water management and resources, academics (including geomorphology, hydrology, engineers and ecologists), water managers, consultants, policy-makers, engineers and stakeholders.


Convener: Neil Macdonald

School of Environmental Sciences, Geography, Roxby Building, University of Liverpool. Liverpool. L69 7ZT

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