Low water level in the Aberdeen Country Park and Aberdeen Reservoir in dry season

Working with Scotland's Universities, Researchers, Policy Makers, Emergency Responders, Volunteers & Communities to build Scotland's resilience to natural disasters.


We fund research and applied projects which aim to build Scotland's resilience to natural hazards.

Here you can find a list of previous projects we have funded or helped with, along with details of how to apply for funding. If you have any questions or would like to discuss a project idea with a member of the Team, please get in touch. 

Examples of funded projects

Ambient outdoor temperature and patterns of morbidity

This study was designed to plug a gap in understanding of the link, or absence of a link, between heat and cold and public health.

If we understand the thresholds where heat and cold affect public health, suitable interventions can be designed and implemented. This will help prepare the population for spells of extreme heat and cold.

This project was led by the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP).

Building a Movement: Community Development and Community Resilience in response to extreme events (CR2EE)

This project has been carried out by colleagues at the University of Stirling. It aims to address the gap that exists in identifying what community resilience is currently enacted (particulalrly in Scotland) and how this can be built upon.

Further information and details on how you can get involved can be found on the University of Stirling's website.


The Scottish Government Resilient Essential Services and Communities Unit engaged with key EU partners to develop a Critical Infrastructure Resilience International Network CIRINT.NET

Critical infrastructure resilience practitioners around the world can use this network to share good practice and learning. The network also provides opportunities for collaboration.

We provided support for this project, and related communications, as well as membership administration.

Communication of hazard assessments

In this project the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP) worked with local users of data to improve relationships and clarify communications of wind and surface water flooding and landslides within the Daily Hazard Assessment structure.

The aim being to ensure that what is being disseminated is what is actually required and understood by the community, and to develop new partnerships between individuals and organisations on resilience policy, research and practice.

Community Resilience Development Officer

We have contributed funding for a Community Resilience Development Officer post at Education Scotland. The postholder works with the resilience community and teachers to embed resilience in the Curriculum for Excellence.

This project began in 2013 when the Scottish Government funded a 3 year post, and an external evaluation by CREW recommended the continuation of the post:

You can read more about this project and the wonderful work being delivered in our project NCR Case Study - Education Initiative.

Developing a Digital Flood Evacuation Model for Climate Change and Wellbeing

This collaborative project has been done by colleagues from Robert Gordon University, the James Hutton Institute, XI'AN University of Technology and teh Scottish Association for Marine Science. The purpose of this research is to develop and exemplify a digital flood evacuation model which may be used as a decision-support tool for communities vulnerable to flooding.


Disaster loss data management in Scotland

We supported the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP) to develop a framework for collecting hazard impact data which allows this data to be reused by the NHP and by other organisations.

This framework was developed for use in Scotland, and has the potential to be used in the rest of the UK. It supports objectives within the UN Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and builds on concepts and approaches outlined in the Hazard Impact Framework.

Key messages:

  • Collecting and managing disaster loss data can help stakeholders to understand disaster risks, and develop strategies for managing and mitigating the impacts.
  • Different frameworks for disaster loss data collection have been developed for international, regional, and European domains, with each domain facing different challenges including governance, quality, coverage, availability and accessibility of data.
  • There are four main applications for collected data: calculation of data loss compensation, accounting for national loss statistics, disaster forensics to learn lessons from past events, and risk modelling.
  • The authors suggest two main options for collecting and managing disaster loss data in Scotland: A unified database of Hazard Impact Loss Data (HILDA), and a Register of Hazard Impacts: Numbers and Observations (RHINO).



Event report text mining

We supported the Health and Safety Executive and the Natural Hazards Partnership to undertake exploratory research into the use of text mining to automate the extraction of relevant hazard impact information from event reports.

Text mining could potentially allow resilience researchers to scan local authority and emergency service reports, which are currently in different formats, and identify common themes. This could then be compared with other impact data, resulting in more sophisticated trend analysis and event characterisation.




Exploring the Role of Local Businesses in Community Resilience to Natural Hazards

This research project was carried out by David Clelland from the University of Glasgow. It aimed to address the significant gap in understanding around the role played by businesses in community resilience through their engagement in planning for and responding to natural hazards.

For more details, please read the briefing report by David Clelland on our publications page.


Flooding good practice framework

We comissioned the Scottish Flood Forum (SFF) to develop a good practice framework to support engagement with flood risk communities. This includes best practice principles, templates, original documents and links to existing resources.

It was designed to meet feedback from practitioners and local authorities.

Find out more in our NCR case study - SFF Framework, or access the Framework on the SFF website

Framework for delivering property flood resilience in Scotland

This project aims to give communities and householders at risk of flooding the best information about how to repair their home after a flood and improve resilience to future flood events. By providing this information the project should also raise awareness of the impacts and risks of flooding.

The NCR provided project management support in the creation of an advisory group who worked together to produce the Framework. A delivery group has now been established to implement the work outlined in the Framework.

The Framework has been designed to complement a Code of Practice being produced for the UK by the construction industry research and information association CIRIA.

Identifying the ‘hot’ spots and ‘not’ spots of emergency and everyday resilience centres in Scotland

This SRUC project considers two types of community resilience: 1) emergency and disaster response; and, 2) long-term or everyday resilience. The project maps both types of resilience using an innovative approach to data gathering that makes use of existing datasets in Scotland.


Level 10 Resilience module

This project was to design and develop the level 10 module ‘Understanding the Resilience Context’, as part of the Resilience Leadership and Management programme at Perth College UHI.

The module supports the development of innovative approaches to training and contributes to the development of Scotland's resilience capabilities.

The module is currently being delivered by Perth College UHI.

Natural hazard overviews

We supported the Met Office and their partner organisations in the production of a set of natural hazard overview documents.

These factsheets were commissioned to meet a requirement for Scotland-specific information on the types, scale, duration and impact of a range of natural hazards.

They contain basic guidance on actions that can be taken to mitigate the impacts of flooding, strong winds and landslides.

They include information previously produced by the Natural Hazards Partnership, adapted to a Scottish context and with the addition of case studies.

This project was led by the Met Office, with input from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Natural Hazards Partnership resource pack

We supported the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP) in this project which has created an online resource pack.

The resource pack gives details of the NHP's research into natural hazards and their impacts and contains useable, accessible resources and documentation.

The resource pack can be found on via the NHP's website here.

TCV Flooding Resilience

This project was led by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). It aimed to build community awareness and confidence in the context of resilience.

The TCV sought to engage local volunteers, from select areas of Scotland, and through training, to increase their knowledge of their watercourse environment, flood risk management and the importance of community resilience and partnership working. 

Find out more in our NCR Case Study - TCV .