The SMC has had several media enquiries on the current dry weather situation and whether we are in a drought in the UK. We along with UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) brought together a panel of scientists who answered some of journalists’ questions relating to this topic.
There was no new data to present at this briefing, and it was instead for journalists interested in hearing about the science of hydrology. During the Q&A, the panel discussed aspects such as:
Mr Jamie Hannaford, Principal Hydrologist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)
Professor Jerry Knox, Professor of Agricultural Water Management, Centre for Water, Environment and Development, Cranfield University
Professor Nigel Arnell, Professor of Climate System Science, University of Reading
Dr Joe Osborne, Industry Consultancy Manager, Met Office
Prof Liz Bentley, chief executive, Royal Meteorological Society, and a Professor of Meteorology at the University of Reading