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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....

Water, Health and Well-being

This project, carried out between April 2011 and December 2012, contributed to our understanding by raising stakeholder awareness of the state of knowledge of the role of water in relation to well-being (e.g. a cause of stress, or a factor influencing psychological restoration); collating the state...

CATCH-II

Fully integrated catchment management planning Catchment Advice Template and Exchange II (CATCH-II). This project established a common understanding of the activities and objectives of integrated catchment management (ICM) projects and policy-makers/implementers in Scotland. It used the knowledge...

Coastal Flooding

The project carried out between April 2011 and August 2012 contributes to our understanding of coastal flooding in Scotland. A practitioners' guidance document was produced as part of the project. The purpose of this guidance is to provide the most up-to-date knowledge and information relating to...

River functioning and resilience - The Scottish Rivers Handbook

The project raises awareness of fundamental concepts in fluvial geomorphology and its importance in determining the habitat that river ecosystems rely on and its role in natural flood management (NFM). The work also aimed to promote best practice for managing and restoring the geomorphology of...

Natural Flood Management Knowledge Systems

The project contributes to the baseline knowledge related to natural flood management (NFM). It seeks to provide evidence for and support implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. The project was completed by a team from JHI and Heriot Watt University.

Evaluating CREW

The aim of CREW is to increase the networks between researchers, policy makers and practitioners; skills and capacity of researchers to share knowledge; and impact of knowledge generated. The Evaluating Science, Policy, Practice Interfaces (ESPPI) project undertakes evaluation of CREW on a yearly...
Cow in field

To what extent could water quality be improved by reducing the phosphorus content in animal feed?

Background Phosphorus is responsible for widespread water quality problems in Scotland. Animal feed (imported feed fed to commercial livestock) is known to contribute to this issue. Measures to reduce the phosphorus content of animal feed in Northern Ireland have reportedly helped to combat this...

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