CROSSDRO (Cross-sectoral impact assessment of droughts in complex European basins) is a European research project at the ICARUS Climate Research Centre, Maynooth University.
Focused on the Boyne catchment, we will assess the potential impacts of prolonged dry weather and water shortages on different aspects of society (e.g. water supply, agriculture, industry, leisure and the environment). The project team is interdisciplinary, bringing together expertise in historical weather series, modelling, remote sensing and qualitative social science methods to better understand drought risk in Ireland. We will work closely with government actors and water-sensitive sectors in the Boyne to learn about past drought experiences and challenges, identify current information needs, and co-produce a scientifically grounded and tailored knowledge base for long-term planning.
We are currently disseminating a short online survey https://crossdro.maynoothuniversity.ie/join-crossdro/ to get an initial snapshot of stakeholder experiences and concerns around drought in the Boyne.
Unlike many scientific projects that focus on complex mathematical models, CROSSDRO promotes active collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. We believe that producing tailored knowledge that is usable requires meaningful interaction between researchers and societal actors. At the core of CROSSDRO lies the potential to connect cutting edge science with diverse understandings of drought. More broadly, we hope this project can establish a community of practice in the Boyne and be seen as an exemplar for knowledge sharing and stakeholder engagement in climate adaptation across Ireland.
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