CreativeDrought: End of Project Reflections

Mel Rohse (University of Birmingham and Anglia Ruskin University, UK) Anne Van Loon (University of Birmingham, UK) Rosie Day (University of Birmingham, UK) Sally Rangecroft (University of Birmingham, UK) Lindsey McEwen (University of West of England, UK) Stephen Birkinshaw (Newcastle University, UK) Coleen Vogel (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa) Lyla Mehta (Institute of Development Studies) … More CreativeDrought: End of Project Reflections

Hydrological modelling as a tool: new paper in Progress in Physical Geography

By Sally Rangecroft  The first of the CreativeDrought project papers has just been published in Progress in Physical Geography, an interdisciplinary journal looking at the latest developments within physical geography and interrelated fields/ geographical work in the natural and environmental sciences. The paper titled “Hydrological modelling as a tool for interdisciplinary workshops on future drought” was … More Hydrological modelling as a tool: new paper in Progress in Physical Geography

CreativeDrought project presence at EGU 2018

By Sally Rangecroft Mel, Anne and Sally travelled to Vienna this April to present the findings of the CreativeDrought project at the annual European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference. Mel and Sally presented in two sessions during the week both aimed at progressing knowledge and methods between disciplines, and Anne gave a presentation with a difference … More CreativeDrought project presence at EGU 2018

Everything is connected

By Anne Van Loon In recent years the human dimension of hydrology has become increasingly important. Major flood and drought events have shown how strongly water and society are intertwined (see here and here). The hydro(geo)logical research community is increasingly including this human dimension, for example within the IAHS Panta Rhei decade, which focuses on the interface between … More Everything is connected

Adding the Modelling of Reservoirs to the Shetran Hydrological Model

By Steve Birkinshaw  We are using the Shetran physically-based distributed modelling system to simulate river flow, groundwater levels and soil moisture in the arid community of Folovhodwe, South Africa for current baseline and future scenarios. However a key aspect of the hydrological water balance for this catchment is two reservoirs upstream of Folovhodwe. These are … More Adding the Modelling of Reservoirs to the Shetran Hydrological Model

RGS-IBG annual conference

By Mel Rohse Last week, I attended the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers annual conference in London. I gave a presentation entitled “Interdisciplinarity in drought research: experimenting with combining narratives and modelling” in a double session called “The Interdisciplinary Field“. It was a great opportunity to think about  our interdisciplinary practice in … More RGS-IBG annual conference

Personal notes from a field visit – ‘a week co-working in rural South Africa – July 2017’ (Part 2)

By Lindsey McEwen Thinking about methods: Setting up scenario-ing can be challenging in any culture, for a series of reasons – including framing, language and different cultural expectations. In the DRY project, we have been using ‘What if’ as an alternative way in.  In our workshops in Folovhodwe, there were some initial technical and ethical … More Personal notes from a field visit – ‘a week co-working in rural South Africa – July 2017’ (Part 2)

Personal notes from a field visit – ‘a week co-working in rural South Africa – July 2017’ (Part 1)

By Lindsey McEwen This is a two-part blog, and the second half will be published on our website tomorrow. Setting the scene – ‘about Folovhodwe’ My first foray to Folovhodwe, a rural village between Tshipise and Musina not far from the Zimbabwe border, began on the Sunday morning as part of the CreativeDroughts team.  It … More Personal notes from a field visit – ‘a week co-working in rural South Africa – July 2017’ (Part 1)

Summer activities

On top of the most recent field work, the CreativeDrought team have been busy in other ways. Simultaneous to the workshops in field season 2, Anne went to Port Elizabeth to attend and present at the IAHS conference. She presented on behalf of Eugine “Developing local level resilience through experimental knowledge building: An interdisciplinary approach … More Summer activities