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Monday 22nd July 2024

Enhancing Water Quality


The water cycle is one of the most important processes sustaining life on the Planet.

Maintaining water quality provides:

  • A resource for human consumption and sanitation
  • Viable and sustainable industries
  • Diverse aquatic biodiversity

The quality of our rivers, lochs and coastal waters represent a barometer for the quality of the Scottish environment and reflects how we manage our land resource.

Understanding how pollutants move through the landscape, and what their downstream consequences are on aquatic life is essential to sustainable development in a changing world.

Engagement with people who have an interest in the future water quality is essential for the development of sustainable policy and actions.

Research Information

See also SAC's Land Economy & Environment (LEE) Group

Expected Outcomes

  • Guidance to support and implement sustainable water resources policy, in particular the EU Water Framework Directive
  • Identification of emerging pressures on water quality and water quantity
  • Tools (from simulation modelling to web-based resource libraries) to support those managing water resources
  • characterisation of water uses and values, to support development of proportionate methods to enhance water quality


Dr Robert Ferrier, Macaulay Institute.


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Methodologies to assess water quality:
Work package 3.4

Management to enhance water quality:
Work package 3.5

More information on our Research themes

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