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Science Policy Fellowship: Building Public Health Resilience to Fluvial Flooding in Scotland

Road closed due to flooding - Photo Credit: Mark Wilkinson

CREW Code: CSPF2023_01

Theme: Hydrological Extremes, Coasts and Risk Management

Type of project: CREW Science Policy Fellowship

Project Status: Project complete. Click here to visit the publication page to view the project outputs.

Lead research team: University of Glasgow

Climate change is increasing our exposure to fluvial flooding in Scotland. Physical and mental health are negatively impacted by flooding, with the greatest health impacts in the UK and Scotland on mental health. This CREW Policy Brief reviews the literature on the public health impacts of fluvial flooding, including physical and mental health impacts, and identifies factors that influence health resilience to flooding. 

Key Scottish flood-related and public health policies were analysed to identify knowledge gaps and mechanisms to incorporate public health resilience to fluvial flooding in Scotland. To build health resilience in Scotland the reseach team recommend that further research is undertaken to understand health impacts on vulnerable groups (knowing who, where and when) and to implement this knowledge into localised flood emergency management, as a public health priority. 

This project has completed. Click here to visit the publication page to view the project outputs.

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