BRGM is taking part in the ‘Drought and low water levels 2022’ conference, organised by the SHF (Société Hydrotechnique de France), which will be held in Paris on 8 and 9 March. The event will also be accessible online.

The SHF wishes to stimulate discussion on the drought of 2022 by combining the views and experiences of professionals in different fields (climatology, hydrology, hydrogeology, ecology, geochemistry, social sciences, etc.) and sectors of activity linked to water (water supply, agriculture, energy production, navigation, leisure, etc.). The aim of this two-day conference is to better understand the phenomenon, to share feedback on its consequences and management, to draw lessons from it and to identify perspectives for future work.

Themes of the conference

Three main themes will be addressed:

1/ Hydro-climatic perspectives on drought and low water levels in 2022

  • Observations at the level of the different compartments of hydrosystems (atmosphere, ground, rivers, aquifers, snow and glaciers, ecosystems, etc.)
  • Characterisation of this exceptional drought and retrospective analysis
  • Performance of forecasting and anticipation models
  • Impact of human activities on natural streamflows
  • Hydrometry

2/ Assessment of drought impacts and implications for water management

  • Feedback on the impacts of drought on different uses
  • Impacts for the management and sharing of water resources in regions
  • Adequacy and limits of the regulatory, administrative and technical management chain

3/ Drought 2022, foreshadowing future droughts

  • The 2022 drought seen as part of a changing climate: attribution, projections, etc.
  • Preparing for future droughts
  • Lessons for adaptation

BRGM interventions

  • Francis Garrido, BRGM Deputy Director of Water, Environment, Processes and Analyses, will speak in Session 1 on the subject of hydrogeological characterisation.
  • The discussion of scientific perspectives will be led by the coordinator of the French research and innovation programme on water OneWater of which BRGM is co-pilot.

Practical information

Venue: EDF Lab 6 Quai Watier, 78400 Chatou

Date: 8 and 9 March 2023

Registration required