Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings which host an amazing array of riches, come in all shapes and sizes, and are greatly valued and cherished by communities and visitors alike. To mark the Year of Coasts and Waters, scientists of Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), the James Hutton Institute and the Dee Catchment Partnership embarked on a catchment triathlon of the River Dee, travelling its 88-mile length and capturing their amazing adventure on a short film.
In Scotland, we often take water for granted. Indeed, it seems to be one of our most abundant resources, especially at times of frequent rainfall when flooding is an issue. So when we think about water management in Scotland, we tend to think about flood risk management, as well as improving the water quality for drinking and bathing, but perhaps less so about water scarcity or droughts. This is changing, and our team at CREW is actively exploring this emerging challenge.