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Celebrating The Early River Observers
Talks on 100 years of river flow recording in Scotland to be held at University of Dundee

Celebrating the early river observers: 100 years of river flow recording in Scotland

Thursday 26 September 2013

6pm in Room 1.36, Baxter Suite, Tower Building, University of Dundee

While rainfall measurement in Britain became commonplace in the mid-nineteenth Century, it was another 100 years before the same could be said of river flow monitoring.  More challenging to obtain, river flow data now underpins a wealth of activities, not least flood warning and pollution control.

In 2013 we reach the centenary of two of the most important developments underpinning that progress in Scotland - the commencement in Kilmarnock of the first record to achieve 100 years, and the establishment of Captain W N McClean's monitoring network in the Great Glen.

Join us in Dundee, where many of these long records are now kept, to explore the history of these pioneering works and their significance.


  • Grant Kennedy(SEPA)
    • 100 years of monitoring the River Irvine in Kilmarnock
  • Prof Alan Werrity(University of Dundee)
    • The McClean hydrometric archive
  • Caroline Brown(University of Dundee)
    • Environmental archives: a University of Dundee perspective
  • Jamie Hannaford(National River Flow Archive)
    • A UK perspective on long hydrometric records

Followed by an exhibition and free drinks reception.

Expected finish time 7:30pm

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