Objective:

Build a Drought Inventory for the UK, a knowledge base of past drought characteristics, impacts and responses

Why:

The Drought Inventory will provide a common reference for policy makers and regulators, water supply companies, agriculture and industry and will enable more consistent, transparent planning. This consistent information will enhance drought mitigation plans resulting in improved long-term management of water resources.

How:

Bring together the cross-sectoral descriptions of drought and water scarcity in the UK, sectoral timelines and narrative chronologies developed in Task 2 in a fully searchable, visual database of historic droughts.

Output:

Drought Inventory for the UK

Timelines of drought indicators showing historic drought events

Example timelines of stamdardised drought indicators calculated using observed precipitation (top), river flow (middle) and groundwater level (bottom) data.