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THEMATIC SET: Hydrogeology of Scotland

Background

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 ground-water 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. The articles are not primarily academic papers, but discuss the real and practical issues involved in developing sufficient understanding of groundwater in Scotland to effectively develop and manage the resource. The collection serves two purposes:

  • it provides an introduction to the current understanding of groundwater resources in Scotland;

  • it summarizes how Scotland, with its data-poor hard rock hydrogeology, has been able to respond to the challenges set down by recent European Directives.

The papers were first presented at a conference on 12 November 2003: Groundwater in Scotland – moving up a gear. The conference was convened by the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society, London, and was attended by more than 100 participants from diverse backgrounds: consultants, researchers, regulators and abstractors.

The papers

The thematic set starts with an overview of ground-water resources in Scotland (MacDonald et al.), the nature of the aquifers, and current groundwater use. Clews...

Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 1-2. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010001
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 3-11. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010003
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 13-20. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010013
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 21-30. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010021
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 31-37. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010031
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 39-49. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010039
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 51-60. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010051
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 61-68. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010061
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 69-79. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010069
Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 81-86. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010081

Short Communications

Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 87-88. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010087

Book Reviews

Scottish Journal of Geology April 01, 2005, Vol.41, 89-96. doi:https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg41010089
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