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Water Research at the James Hutton Institute

The topic of water research involves staff from multiple disciplines at the James Hutton Institute who collaborate on Water Related research.  Their work, either as part of our research programme for the Scottish Government or for other research requests. These postings capture some of the outputs of this research.

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Blue carbon ecosystem at Lochinver, Scotland
Thursday, August 04, 2022

International partnership on the co-benefits of blue carbon restoration

An international partnership of blue carbon experts from the James Hutton Institute, the University of St Andrews, the Norwegian Geological Survey, and University College Dublin has been awarded funding under the Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge to explore opportunities for maximising the co-benefits of blue carbon restoration.

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James Hutton Institute Water Research Blogs

Shining a light on the latest flood risk management research in Scotland: a summary of 5 ‘spark’ talks and discussion

Coordinated by Rachel Helliwell, Manager, Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) Thought-provoking and action-orientated ‘Spark’ talks took place during a short session at the Scotland Flood Risk read more …

Can pollution source apportionment tools help deliver integrated catchment management?

‘Source Apportionment Methods’ (SAMs) are a way of estimating sources of water pollution and so inform efforts to improve water quality. This year the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is read more …

More cash and jobs per illegal drop? A tale of equity

A few years ago, when I was writing my masters thesis on water use (Novo et al., 2009) something that was very often part of the discussions about water management in agriculture was the motto  ‘more crops read more …

What is “natural flood management”?

For several years I’ve been interested in “natural flood management” (NFM) and how to implement it.  When I started working on this topic, I thought I had a good understanding of what NFM was. read more …

Venturing into the unknown– Natural flood management and uncertainty

Natural Flood Management (NFM) means working with or restoring natural processes in order to reduce flood risk. It can include many actions such as woodland creation to slow water flow and/or store water in the read more …


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