Compile environmental science, socio-economic and regulatory historical data related to drought the UK in a range of sectors
Without data for historic droughts we cannot apply and develop the Conceptual Framework or the Drought Inventory, both of which will aid a systems based understanding of droughts
Compilation of data and metadata across each sector:
The characteristics of historic droughts will be reconstructed using meteorological (rainfall) and hydrological (river flow and groundwater levels) datasets using a novel modelling framework.
Public water supply systems will be reconstructed and their performance during past drought events assessed.
Quantitative (e.g. yield data) and qualitative (e.g. survey results) will be combined to understand the impact of drought on the agricultural sector as well as how farmers have adapted their businesses to limit the impact of drought.
The evolution of the legal and economic regulatory framework for drought will be traced backwards to understand how the regulatory tools available to manage droughts have changed over time.
Oral histories and language analysis from historic and recent print media will capture the social and cultural aspects of drought.
Knowledge base of historic droughts in the UK covering a wide range of sectors