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2nd February 2015

The epidemiology and disease burden potential relating to private supplies in Scotland

This project seeks to develop an understanding of the epidemiology and disease burden contribution of private supplies on the public health of the populations (indigenous and transient) exposed to the drinking water supplies. The output is expected to inform future regulation and public health...

Emerging Contaminants of Concern in Waters

Emerging technologies can deliver great benefits, but may also carry risks to the environment and/or human health. Furthermore, existing contaminants in the environment may increase in importance with our improved understanding of their behaviour and interaction with relevant organisms in a...

Scottish Water Sector Overview Map

Water has always been central to Scotland’s prosperity and we have a reputation for a high quality water environment, however energy use in the water industry is a primary source of CO2 emissions (CO2e) and as we face stricter water quality standards due to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD),...
30th July 2013

Drinking water quality and radon

The aim of this project is to understand the implications for Scotland of adopting a proposal for a Council Directive setting out requirements for the protection of public health from radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption. Research results will inform the prioritisation of...
1st October 2014

Effect of soil structure and field drainage on water quality and flood risks

Good soil structure and functioning field drainage systems are key to achieving good water quality and minimising flood risk.  They are also vital for agricultural productivity and play a key role in the greenhouse gas balance of many soil systems. This project, led by the  University of Aberdeen...

Benefits of catchment management for improving drinking water quality

The potential benefits of catchment management for improving drinking water quality are widely recognised and evidence is beginning to show that this is a cost-effective way to reduce the costs of treatment. There are also benefits beyond the protection and improvement of drinking water quality...
1st December 2014

Scotland's Coastal Change Assessment

The Coastal Change Assessment aims to create a shared evidence base to support more sustainable coastal and terrestrial planning decisions in the light of a changing climate. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires the development of an Adaptation Programme to take forward the risks...
13th October 2014

River restoration and biodiversity

There is wide variability in the river restoration work undertaken throughout the British Isles. This makes it difficult to assess (a) how restoration is contributing towards ecosystem structure and functioning (and therefore ecosystem health), and (b) whether river restoration is benefiting...

Impacts of riparian alien species on aquatic habitats and species

What impact do riparian invasive non-native plant species (Rhododendron ponticum and its hybrids, Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Himalayan balsam (Impatiens grandulifera), and giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) have on freshwater habitats and species?   This report summarises the...

Mapping of Climate Change on Water Demand-Supply Deficits in Scotland

The supply-demand balance is a key measure of water resource sustainability.This balance is highly uneven across Scotland with much of the demand for water in the drier east. Agricultural irrigation is increasing in many areas, linked to land use change and requirements for high-quality produce....

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