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14th September 2017

Assessing the effectiveness of Scotland’s public flood warning service

Flood Warnings and Flood Alerts have been offered in Scotland since the 1980s and have become a key element of delivering flood resilience as a response to the threats presented by climate change.  High levels of demand have been translated into high levels of customer satisfaction as the...
10th August 2017

Scotland's Coastal Change Assessment

The Coastal Change Assessment creates a shared evidence base to support more sustainable coastal and terrestrial planning decisions in the light of a changing climate. For the first time, all 21000 km of the Scottish shoreline have been analysed to a level of detail never achieved before. The...
30th May 2017

Evaluating the impact of the Scottish Government funded Community Resilience Development Officer Post

The aim of this study was to evaluate the Scottish Government funded Community Resilience Development Officer post at Education Scotland. The evaluation took place to inform the Scottish Government in terms of planning, and funding for, future posts of this kind. The purpose of the post is to help...
22nd May 2017

Engaging communities around private water supplies

This project aimed to work with four rural communities to explore engagement around private water supplies (PWS). Approximately 3.4% of the Scottish population uses around 20,000 PWS, predominantly in rural areas (DWQR, 2016).  These drinking water sources may not provide resilience in dry...
7th April 2017

Odour management and monitoring in Scottish wasterwater treatment plants

Wastewater treatment works in Scotland have evolved substantially in the past 20 years.  During the 1990s, major investments were made to comply with the Urban Wastewater Treatment directive.  These investments were designed to protect the environment from the adverse effects of urban...
14th March 2017

Methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species

This report covers control measures for 13 high or moderate impact, and one ‘alarm’ species on the UKTAG list that were not covered by the Aldridge report for Natural England. It draws information from published and unpublished literature, listed best  practices, technical reports, unpublished...
9th March 2017

Water Resource Balancing: Is a closed loop system possible that enables sustainable rural supplies?

The aim of this work was to carry out a mass balance of energy, nutrients and other potential resources at a range of scales (single house, small community and large urban scale). The focus of the study was on waste water treatment and resource  recovery. The study considered whether a closed...
20th February 2017

Effect of Soil Structure and Field Drainage on Water Quality and Flood Risk

This report provides a broad assessment of the state of soil structure and drainage on commercial farms in four selected catchments during autumn/winter 2015/2016.  We describe the policy implications of the findings. Similar UK studies are used to discuss our results. This project was...
27th January 2017

Assessing the combined effectiveness of Scotland's rural diffuse pollution measures in reducing FIO from a livestock catchment

SEPA are proposing to adopt monitoring to show effectiveness of rural diffuse pollution measures in reducing FIO from a livestock catchment. This will draw from the recommendations in the CREW report “Monitoring guidance to assess the effectiveness of the Rural Diffuse Pollution Plan”. Before SEPA...
1st April 2016

River restoration and biodiversity

The river environments of the UK and Ireland are special for their biodiversity and also the beneficial services they provide to humans.  However after centuries of damage inflicted on them, our rivers have changed greatly and continue to be threatened.  This means that effective river restoration...

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