About the Project

Introduction

Staff at the Centre for Flooding, Communities and Resilience (CFCR) at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, are doing research for the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), into the threat that droughts and water shortage pose to the environment, agriculture, infrastructure, society and culture of the UK. The purpose of this project is to develop an innovative, evidence-based resource, which can be used for decision-making in drought risk management.

We want to study how people understand and respond to these risks, so we can help water authorities think about how residents can be better prepared for droughts and minimise the likelihood of water shortages. It is hoped this research will improve society’s ability to cope with extreme weather events. Visit http://www.dryproject.co.uk or http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/et/research/dry.aspx for more information.

What can I do?

You have been asked to complete a survey. This is voluntary, but if you decide to take part you will help us a lot. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. However, if you do not want to take part, you are under no obligation to do so.

Why have I been invited to take part?

We are interested in hearing from all sectors of the community in the UK about their household water use and water-saving behaviour.

What happens to the information I give you?

All information collected will be stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection policies of the University. Only members of the research team will have access to the data. At the end of the project, data will be archived on RCUK gateway sites. Nobody will be able to identify you from the data as it will be anonymous.

What happens next?

Completing the survey will be taken as your consent to participate. Because the survey is anonymous, we will not be able to delete your answers once you have sent them to us. The research findings will be reported in academic articles and conference papers, and will be used for decision-making in drought risk management. If you would like a copy of the findings when the investigation is completed, please tick the first box on the survey.

Enter our free prize-draw

If you would like to be entered into a free-prize draw to win a wind-up torch or radio, please write your details on the online survey form with your name, address, telephone number or email.

Researcher contact details

If you wish to discuss the research before deciding whether to take part or not, please contact: Dr Colin Booth; Telephone: 0117 32 83998; Email: colin.booth@uwe.ac.uk

Useful contact details

This investigation was granted ethical approval by the University of West of England ethics committee. If you have any questions/concerns, during or after the investigation, or wish to contact an independent person to whom any questions may be directed or further information may be sought from, please contact: Dr Alistair Clarke (Director of Research) of the UWE Research Ethics Committee, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY; Telephone: 0117 32 83134; Email: alistair.clark@uwe.ac.uk

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