The relative invisibility of drought in the UK, in a decade that has so far been defined by flooding, is striking. Droughts and floods may feel like polar opposites but they are just two points on a watery continuum. And with climate change, we can - and will - face both at the same time.
On this 40th anniversary of the notorious 1976 UK drought, and in a year when the Middle East experienced its worst drought in 900 years, this new paper highlights 10 principles for communicating drought risks in a changing climate. We developed these principles within the context of DRY (Drought Risk and You), a research project that is exploring how combining science and storytelling approaches can create new decision-making tools for dealing with drought risks. If you have any memories of the summer of ‘76 drought, please send them to our colleagues at DRY(a)uwe.ac.uk