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All about drought: UK drought 2010-2012 – causes and impacts

These resources combine a range of teaching approaches and embed a series of critical thinking techniques in order to further develop students’ understanding of the subject matter.

Cross-curricular links are made to literacy, numeracy and ICT enabling the students to transfer their skills across the spectrum of subjects. The lessons offer opportunities for students to conduct further research, explore the numerous websites and use a range of resources such as choropleth maps to conduct their own investigation into previous drought events and begin to predict future ones from the trends. Each lesson is accompanied by an editable PowerPoint presentation and relevant worksheets.

In this lesson, students will be engaged in storyboarding causes of the case study drought and can draw their source of information from the research on the seven catchment areas.


Learning objective

  • To investigate the causes and the effects of the 2010–2012 drought in the UK.

Students will be engaged in storyboarding causes of the case study drought and can draw their source of information from the research on the seven catchment areas.


Resources to support this lesson

UK drought 2010–2012 PowerPoint presentation

Squares of Inference document

Hydrological Summary Documents:




Precipitation trends worksheet

Impacts of drought worksheet

How did the drought end? worksheet

Learning reflections worksheet

Extended learning/homework worksheet


Relevant links

Kendon, M., Marsh, T. and Parry, S. (2013) ‘The 2010–2012 drought in England and Wales’, Royal Meteorological Society (The article required for the task on slide 6 of the PowerPoint presentation) [waiting for permission and pdf from Royal Met Soc]

Marsh, T., Parry, S., Kendon, M. and Hannaford, J. (2013) The 2010-12 drought and subsequent extensive flooding. Wallingford: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. [link to download]

The Dry Utility

About Drought Handbook: Outputs and Impacts

About Drought Event 2018 Highlights (Vimeo)


Other lessons in this set

Is drought a global phenomenon?

A case study of UK drought 2010-2012: investigating the responses

The 1976 Drought – was it all good?

The future of drought in the UK

Changing our thinking about drought


This lesson has been co-written by the GA consultant Gemma Mawdsley and produced in collaboration with the DRY research team, ENDOWS, UWE, and About Drought.

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