An IUKWC Science Workshop, held between 18th and 20th September at Lancaster University in the UK, brought together leading Indian and UK scientists to consider the issues around drought monitoring, prediction and management.
Droughts cause extensive human and economic loss through adverse impacts on food, water, and energy supplies. The Indian economy has suffered from the successive impacts of multi-year droughts in the last decade and integrated drought management approaches are needed to enhance water security. Several national schemes in India have recently been launched to increase resilience to drought, and many scientific organizations in India are actively working to enhance drought management capabilities.
Thirty six participants took part in the three day event, which was convened by Professor Peter Atkinson from Lancaster University and Dr. Vishnubhotla Chakravarthi from the University of Hyderabad. Sessions were held on operational drought forecasting, the delivery of drought information services and the impacts of drought on food, water, agriculture and social systems.
The event was the fourth science workshop convened by the IUKWC, following previous events on topics including: precipitation forecasts and climate predictions in the Himalayas and Enhancing Freshwater Monitoring through Earth Observation.
Full details of the workshop can be found here.