DRIER

2019-2023. Funded by Royal Society. PI Katerina Michaelides, Co-I Dann Mitchell

Drought Resilience In East African dryland Regions

The aim of this project was to create a new, widely accessible tool for monitoring regional, societally
relevant water storage in drylands, and to use this tool for communicating and enhancing social
adaptation to short-term climate shocks and long-term changes to regional hydrology. The project team addressed
the hydrometeorological, climatic, and social dimensions of the problem in drylands of East Africa (Kenya,
Somalia, and Ethiopia), through the following six specific objectives:

  1. Develop dryland-specific climate/hydrology modelling framework for East Africa
  2. Enhance impact of seasonal and decadal forecasts of regional rainfall by simulating its propagation
    through to shallow and deep water storage using hydrological modelling framework.
  3. Develop mobile phone app that allows users to see short-term (seasonal) and long-term forecasts of
    the soil moisture and groundwater status in their area.
  4. Develop causal chains of vulnerabilty and their linkages with the hydrological impacts of drought that
    recognise differences between community populations (e.g. ethinicity, gender, livelihood, etc.).
  5. Disseminate co-produced, future drought information (incorporating uncertainty) to stakeholders, in
    order to overcome communication barriers across social groups.
  6. Produce a media communication strategy focussed on drought adaptation strategies for communities
    in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.