Groundwater is an essential part of Scotland's environment and economy. It sustains the flow in our rivers and plays an important role in maintaining many of our fragile ecosystems; groundwater also provides high quality, reliable and inexpensive public and private water supplies and dilutes and removes many of society's contaminants. The importance of groundwater to Scotland is becoming more appreciated by a broad audience, largely driven by several pieces of European legislation, most notably the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD).

This thematic set of papers presents the results of recent work carried out to further understanding of groundwater in Scotland....

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