Weather uncertainty often results from long-term climate change, and paddlers across Scotland may have experienced this in the form of unusually high (or low!) flowing rivers in recent years. The safety and suitability of rivers for rafting and canoeing across Scotland depend on the timely detection of river levels by special-purpose gauging stations, and the demand for data from these stations is increasing in order to better communicate river flow conditions that members may be likely to encounter across different locations.
Kush Thakar is a student at University of Liverpool who wishes to find out how river users such as canoeists utilise and value the information from river gauging stations in Scotland, and what the future of this infrastructure in our country should look like. He has divised a survey as part of his doctoral research project supervised by the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool in collaboration with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). Even if you know very little about river gauging stations, everything you need to know is contained in the survey. It will take only about 20 mins to complete, and all responses will remain confidential and anonymous.
A link to the questionnaire is here. If you have any questions, then you are welcome to contact Kush by telephone on 0151 795 0525 or by email: Kush.Thakar@liverpool.ac.uk. Please endeavour to submit your responses by Friday 16th December 2016.