The Drought Risk and You (DRY) Project is a unique project set up by the University of West England to provide an evidence – based resource for drought risk management using a number of different disciplines.
Droughts and water shortage threaten the environment, agriculture, infrastructure, society and culture, affecting us all. The DRY project was founded in April 2014, with an aim to develop an easy-to-use, evidence-based resource to inform decision-making for drought risk management in the UK over a four year period.
This approach is unique because it draws together information from multiple perspectives on drought science, stakeholder engagement, citizen science and narrative storytelling to better understand drought risks, while other studies have focused on mathematical modelling of drought risk.
Amongst the other disciplines utilized, The DRY project seeks knowledge within the local community and hosts workshops where local people are encouraged to come and share their stories. Stories and memories about drought can help build local, historical knowledge about drought impacts, experiences and adaptation. These narratives will contribute to an online resource which will enrich and provide context to ‘expert’ knowledge for water management.
Including the Fowey catchment, DRY spans seven catchment areas in England, Wales and Scotland to reflect different hydrological, socio-economic and cultural contexts in the UK.
For more information, visit the DRY website.