MaRIUS LIVE: our showcase event!

We held our Showcase Event on 2 November 2017 to set out the findings of the MaRIUS research, and what outputs are available.  This event profiled the research findings on the effect and impacts of droughts and water scarcity in the UK,  what outputs are available for use; what further work that is planned, and how interested parties can get involved.

The span of the MaRIUS project is large and covers physical and social science topics including: drought governance; drought options and management; community responses and environmental competency. It includes climatic aspects of drought and the derivation of a synthetic ‘drought event library’; hydrological responses both on a catchment and national scale; effects on water quality including nutrient concentration in rivers and algal concentrations in reservoirs, and effect of land use change; the ramifications on water resources on the Thames catchment and also nationally. It includes the impact of drought and water scarcity on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; agriculture and farming; the economy; and on electricity production.

The event was very successful and provided a key opportunity for stakeholders and researchers to meet and discuss the effect and impact of drought and water scarcity in the UK and what research outputs are available for the whole community.

Outputs from the conference

Videos of all the presentations can be found here: see below for an itemised list.

Information presented on the day can be found here, which include the following:

Conference info

  • Slides shown during the event
  • Information to delegates, including the agenda, speaker bio, summary of their research and findings
  • Questions asked by the audience, using the Slido online tool – these are currently being answered and answers will appear at the link soon
  • Delegate list

Research info

  • Overview diagram showing the MaRIUS research topics and how they integrate
  • Drought Scarcity management – report of a scenario workshop focusing on water company drought options
  • Drought Primer – a report setting out how drought is governed in the England and Wales
  • Environmental Company Group Report

You can find out more about the findings of the MaRIUS project here.

 

List of Videos from the MaRIUS LIVE mini conference 

Full Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5AXsp8rsqeD3CwkqDgPBquIMYrF-ia8w

Video Content Direct link
0 An overview of the MaRIUS project, using footage from the project’s showcase event on 2 November 2017, which set out the results and findings of the impact of drought and water scarcity in the UK. https://youtu.be/ll4NZ5gxzOk
1 Helen Gavin, University of Oxford, welcomes people to the MaRIUS LIVE event: a mini conference (2 Nov 2017) that showcases the breadth of work and findings of the MaRIUS project, which examines the Risks and Impacts of Drought and Water Scarcity in the UK. https://youtu.be/cQMrwPe4jQk
2 Trevor Bishop, Director, Ofwat, gives the opening address for the MaRIUS LIVE conference.  His talk sets out the importance of this research in the current regulatory and policy landscape. https://youtu.be/NX2udZIjEKQ
3 Jim Hall sets the stage for the meeting, outlining the purpose of workshop and providing a summary overview of the MaRIUS project, within the NERC Drought and Water Scarcity Programme. https://youtu.be/ecicGf6uCsU
4 Bettina Lange introduces the social science work undertaken in the project. https://youtu.be/fP8n4L-usD8
5 Kevin Grecksch outlines findings from work exploring Drought Management Options and from interviews with water resource practitioners. https://youtu.be/3pwxv2vZ_J8
6 Catharina Landström outlines the research focusing on community involvement on the local geographical scale. She will summarise the outcomes of a transdisciplinary Environmental Competency Group activity examining water management in the River Kennet. https://youtu.be/ap4SgP4Eop4
7 Q&A discussion session following the social science presentations https://youtu.be/iiBSVCrCNWE
8 Helen Gavin introduced the drought and water scarcity physical science research undertaken in the MaRIUS project. https://youtu.be/h8fPcqaPmJE
9 Richard Jones outlines the climate datasets and ‘drought event set’ generated by the project for use. https://youtu.be/BBEgIbqm_so
10 Thorsten Wagner, University of Bristol, summarises the findings of catchment scale drought modelling. https://youtu.be/8Hjm3RoAOMg
11 Vicky Bell outlines CEH’s findings on the effect of drought on hydrology at a national scale, using the CEH national gridded hydrological model ‘Grid-to-Grid’. https://youtu.be/sKPViCOf2sY
12 Gemma Coxon summarises the results gained from Bristol University’s hydrological model ‘Dynamic TOPMODEL’ for national scale hydrological drought modelling. https://youtu.be/wxmcydntVhw
13 Paul Whitehead addresses the effects of drought on water quality processes. https://youtu.be/U3nxOjVWuLU
14 Helen Gavin presents slides showing the research of Alex Elliott, CEH, on the effect of drought and reservoir drawdown on  algal growth under drought scenarios.  Alex was unwell at the time of the meeting. https://youtu.be/NrzUfpw8Fj0
15 Mohammad Mortazavi-Naeini, University of Oxford, covers research on water resource modelling on a catchment and a national scale. Some of this work has contributed to Water UK’s 2017 Water Resources Long-Term Planning Framework project. https://youtu.be/wdl8tpysdy4
16 Q&A discussion session following the physical science presentations https://youtu.be/6yWepLi1Nmk
17 Ian Holman provides an overview of the research done to assess the impacts of water scarcity. https://youtu.be/36zhmh1jbqk
18 Pam Berry presents the research findings of the research team examining the impact of drought and water scarcity on both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. https://youtu.be/2STSc6OROPk
19 Dolores Rey covers the impacts on agriculture and irrigation benefits, plus the adaptation response of farmers to drought. https://youtu.be/-9ebJVZCUuM
20 Chris Decker presents the findings of a national scale economic assessment of drought. https://youtu.be/lQ5rVmJombk
21 Jim Hall presents slides showing the research of himself and colleague Ed Byers, on the water need of energy generation and the potential impacts of low flows. https://youtu.be/oxQrEcIoL4s
22 Q&A discussion session following the impact research presentations https://youtu.be/IydW6i7M8hI
23 Q&A discussion session with all research speakers, covering social and physical science https://youtu.be/XsaDVPNJupk
24 Jamie Hannaford outlines the next phase of the Drought and Water Scarcity Programme, “ENDOWS” and how you can get involved. https://youtu.be/sxHM-nzIQWk
25 Jim Hall, University of Oxford, summarises the research of the MaRIUS project into the effect of drought and water scarcity in the UK, and closes the meeting. https://youtu.be/eiH4Qrc2HIk

 

International Symposia

The MaRIUS project is proud to have held the last of its trio of International Symposia.  The Symposium, “Drought Science and Management” took place on 27 September 2016, at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and featured a mix of oral & poster presentations.

The MaRIUS project has now hosted three international Symposia to bring together practitioners working on aspects of drought and water scarcity from across the world.  These Symposia have been public focused, and open to everyone.

The events have been very successful, attracting a large audience each year, and have helped disseminate work on drought and water scarcity across many different related topics by academic researchers, governmental regulators, and companies, to a wide audience.

The first MaRIUS inspired Drought Symposium, Drought Risk in the context of change, was held on Monday 22nd September 2014 at Magdalen College, Oxford.

The second Drought Symposium, Drought Risk and Decision Making, was held on Tuesday 8th September 2015 at Exeter College, Oxford.

The third Drought Symposium, Drought Science and Management, was held on Tuesday 27th September 2016 at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. 

Click here for a summary of each of the three events, with links to the presentations and podcasts where available.

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Environmental Competency Groups

Within the MaRIUS project, Sarah Whatmore and Catharina Landström have developed further the concept of an Environmental Competency Group , building on their work on this methodology from past projects.

In order to spread news about the methodology and promote its uptake, they have created a web resource of materials to help individuals re-examine local environmental problems. Click here to find out more.

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