On World Water Day (22nd March 2019), the Hydro Nation International Centre and Centre of Expertise for Water (CREW) hosted a conference on "Resilience to Drought and Low Flow Conditions in Scotland", an event supported by the Scottish Government. Scientists, engineers, planners and managers shared their observations, experiences, research outcomes, and innovative ideas on building resilience and adapting to low flows and drought conditions from a Scottish perspective. The Short and Full reports from this event can be found here.
CREW-funded flood management and mitigate research by the James Hutton Institute was featured recently in The Guardian. Dr Marc Stutter’s contributions to the ‘long-read’ pieces dealt with the benefits of Natural Flood Management techniques and compared the modest cost of such measures with the level of investment needed to create hard-engineered defences.
In an earlier contribution, Dr Stutter contributed insight into changes that might be required in the face of increasingly extreme weather events.
Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) published a significant report in February on the significant long-term impact of flooding. Dr Mags Currie, from the James Hutton Institute co-led the work with Dr Lorna Philip from the University of Aberdeen and it was featured in The Guardian. The study demonstrates, for the first time, that more than three years on, that people were still trying to establish a 'new normal' and how certain groups remained especially vulnerable.