Droughts threaten societies, economies and ecosystems worldwide. A three-year drought in the UK has been estimated to lead to potential losses of £1.5 billion. Yet our ability to characterise and predict the occurrence, duration and intensity of droughts, as well as minimise their impacts, is often inadequate.
This symposium brings together global experts on the processes that cause drought and their consequences. It will take an interdisciplinary approach, looking at the climatic and socio-economic factors that are contributing to the changing risk of drought. The symposium will explore potential approaches to the sustainable management of drought risk.
Oxford Univeristy is a partner in a cross-disciplinary research project on historic droughts and water scarcity funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council’s programme on ‘UK Droughts and Water Scarcity’.
Oxford University was recently involved in a national-level stakeholder workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aimed at engaging government and stakeholder groups in the development of tools, information and strategies for poverty alleviation and environmental management in coastal Bangladesh.
Working in association with CH2M HILL, Paul Sayers and Jim Hall have recently been appointed to explore the next generation of methods to support the Environment Agency’s national long-term investment strategy.