Scotland Hydro Nation Chair
Bringing Scotland’s water sector together to drive us to net zero and beyond.
The Scotland Hydro Nation Chair, hosted by the University of Stirling, is leading the collaboration needed to deliver sustainable water management in Scotland.
We are already experiencing the effects of climate change through water. Even in Scotland, drought is becoming more frequent, as are periods of intense rainfall, leading to flooding.
Yet, water also holds the solutions we need to help us adapt to climate change. How we manage water can bolster our resilience to extreme events, restore biodiversity and increase our carbon storage – speeding up our journey to net zero.
We are working across the Scottish water sector and its supply chain to eliminate emissions from infrastructure development and waste water processing, promote our natural environment and manage our processes better, allowing us to recover resource including energy to contribute to a greener, more circular economy.
A fluid partnership
The new initiative – a partnership involving Scottish Water and the Scottish Funding Council – will act as a catalyst for academic research and innovation specifically to support the Scottish water sector in delivering and going beyond net zero whilst delivering service excellence and offering great value and financial sustainability.
Our research and innovation fellows
Our Hydro Nation team of four research leader fellows, from engineering, digital technologies, biotechnology and social sciences, will bring together a truly interdisciplinary research agenda. They will be working across four areas:
- eliminating emissions from infrastructure
- driving down process emissions and recovering value
- enhancing the natural environment
- embracing the circular economy
Two innovation fellows will ensure research feeds into industry, and businesses can access technology and expertise to create green infrastructure and jobs. They will work on technology including data and digital innovation, and place-based innovation.
University of Stirling and water research
The University of Stirling is hosting the Hydro Nation Chair in Scotland’s International Environment Centre (SIEC). The SIEC focuses our world leading capability to lead regional and sectoral environmental research and innovation at scale, so that the protection of our natural resources enables inclusive growth and supports the just transition to a net zero carbon economy.
We are leading experts in water related research. Over the past five years 49 researchers across Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Institute of Aquaculture have secured over £24 million in water related research. We received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2019 for Environment and Conservation, for our work in sustainable food production through aquaculture.
At the University of Stirling, as part of the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, we are working with Scottish Water, SEPA, BT and other partners to transform the Forth Valley into a living laboratory. We are combining sensors, satellites, artificial intelligence and 5G to provide a living laboratory that not only enables us to monitor and understand water quality and quantity and model the effects and benefits of interventions, such as the promotion of natural to capital to improve water quality, mitigate extreme events, capture carbon and promote biodiversity. Using the Forth Environmental Resilience Array (Forth ERA) we can provide the data and knowledge to transform behaviours and practice and promote the green recovery.
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