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1st December 2012

Blue Health: Water, Health & Well-being – Sustainable Drainage Systems

There is increasing interest in exploring the health and well-being impacts of water in the environment (blue health), including the potential of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) to enhance amenity for residents. Blue health research is relatively new, and the purpose of this project was to...
1st December 2012

Blue Health: Water, Health & Well-being – Flood Risk, Mental Health & Well-being

Qualitative studies on health and social impacts of flooding show that flood disasters, and associated experiences, can have severe and long-lasting social and health impacts, with emotional and psychological impacts often being more severe and longer lasting (e.g. 4 years) than physical damage to...
1st December 2012

Blue Health: Water, Health & Well-being

This research reviews the evidence base for both positive and negative relationships between water in the landscape, health and well-being (termed blue health). Water is important for human health, both physiologically and psychologically; however, much of the research on blue health has focused on...
1st November 2012

Fate of terrestrial carbon in the Scottish coastal environment

Each year approximately 400 - 430 x 1012g of terrestrial organic carbon is transported from the continents via rivers to the global ocean. Yet it is estimated that only a very small fraction of the organic carbon dissolved in the ocean, or preserved in underlying sediments, seem to be of...
1st October 2012

The effects of switching monochloramine for chlorine in disinfection

This work was commissioned under the CREW call down service. The object of the project was to carry out a literature search on the effects of switching from chlorine to monochloramine for water disinfection, specifically with regards to the effects on lead and copper corrosion. Information was...
1st October 2012

Natural Flood Management and Local Authorities in Scotland

Under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, SEPA is responsible for assessing where natural flood management measures (NFM) could contribute to reducing flood risk and detailing this in flood risk management strategies. Local authorities  then have responsibility for identifying how these...
1st September 2012

Coastal Flooding in Scotland: A guidance document for coastal practitioners

The purpose of this guidance is to provide the most up-to-date knowledge and information relating to coastal flooding in Scotland ensuring that the information in this field is based on the best available scientific evidence. In particular, this aims to synthesise existing science and research on...
1st July 2012

Flood Insurance Provision and Affordability Beyond the Statement of Principles: Implications for Scotland

This survey makes a preliminary assessment of possible social implications in Scotland of changes to the flood insurance market that may follow the end of the Scottish Statement of Principles on the provision of Flood Insurance. The Statement was agreed between the Scottish Government and the...
1st July 2012

Mapping of water supply-demand deficits with climate change in Scotland: land use implications

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....
1st June 2012

Implementation Processes for the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act

This report provides evidence to SEPA and the Scottish Government on the implementation processes for the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (hereafter FRM Act) within existing policy frameworks. It gives guidance on the roles and processes of the Flood Risk Management local advisory groups...

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