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Projects Flooding & Coastal Erosion

Flooding across a road
22nd August 2018

The attitudes of communities at risk of flooding to natural flood management

Working with natural processes to manage flood risk (natural flood management or NFM) is integrated into Scottish flood risk management (FRM) planning through the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. Currently 106 actions have been identified in the FRM Strategies and Local FRM Plans which...
30th November 2017

National Coastal Change Assessment 2: Enhancing the evidence base and our ability to adapt

The CREW-funded National Coastal Change Assessment (NCCA) has revolutionised the evidence base of coastal change. The entire 21,000 km of the Scottish coastline has been categorised and 3,800 km of potentially erodible ‘soft’ coast identified and investigated to quantify historic and recent...
Urban rain puddle
1st May 2017

Quantifying rates of urban creep in Scotland

Various studies have shown that land cover in urban areas tends to become more impermeable (e.g. front gardens are paved over) over time; this is often referred to as urban creep. Urban creep is likely to be a significant factor in surface water flood risk in the future. In order to manage flood...
Log structure in stream
1st January 2017

Initiating a Scottish Natural Flood Management Network for sharing best practice

Scotland is seen as leading the way in the implementation of the Floods Directive, particularly with respect to natural flood management (NFM). There is a significant amount of work taking place across Scotland in order to deliver NFM projects and there is a clear need for knowledge exchange (e.g....
21st November 2016

Assessing the impacts of flooding on people and communities

We have recently witnessed some of the worst flooding in living memory in Scotland. We know from previous research (2007 Werritty et al) that the impacts on people’s lives can be devastating and long term. It is essential that we understand these impacts better and consider what types of support...
1st September 2016

Assessing the effectiveness of Scotland’s public flood warning service

As Scotland’s flood warning authority under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, and in undertaking Civil Contingencies Act 2004 Category 1 duties, SEPA produced a Flood Warning Strategy (2012-16) to help deliver a strategic vision of the flood warning service. Specifically the service...
Waterfront town
16th May 2016

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

The Scottish Government (SG) funds a development officer post at Education Scotland, to help embed resilience thinking and resources (located on the Ready for Emergencies website) within the Curriculum for Excellence delivered in Scottish schools. This includes teaching on: the causes of extreme...
1st April 2016

Investigation of shallow water LiDAR

Ongoing assessment of water body condition is fundamental to meeting the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The morphological status of the water bodies has an important role within the WFD, for this reason, an accurate assessment of status of the physical condition will be of...
1st June 2015

Design and build Guidance for Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems to collect / intercept field or steading run-off

Run-off from fields and farm steadings can present a pollution risk to receiving waterbodies.  Treatment systems such as RSuDS have the potential to help reduce the pollution risks such drainage can present.  The SRDP 2014-2020 contains options to help provide a contribution towards the costs of...
Beach dunes
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...