Community mapping pilot

Carse of Gowrie mapping workshop a hit with local residents

This spring the Carse of Gowrie community will be among the first in Scotland to use citizen science community mapping technology to respond to the risks from climate change.

Through a series of Sniffer run workshops the residents will map the drainage system and record where extreme weather events have impacted on the community.  This will give a unique dataset to make decisions about how the community and its infrastructure can be made more resilient to extreme weather and other effects of a changing climate.

People across the Carse of Gowrie will take part in the pioneering project which will improve local information and identify priorities for adaptation planning at the local level.  This will help make the community more resilient.

Residents have responded overwhelmingly to the workshop invitation, with the first workshop to be held on Wednesday 20 February at the Inchture Hotel having to move to bigger accomodation to make room for all those interested.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse announced the funding for the Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group, supported by Perth and Kinross Council, as part of a refresh of the Climate Challenge Fund.  The citizen science mapping project is one of four pilots exploring new approaches to encourage communities to generate local ideas to address the impact of climate change.

The project is the first using Sniffer’s new framework for community mapping – a state of the art data-collection and engagement tool.

Adaptation Scotland is working in partnership with Scottish Government and the Climate Challenge Fund on overseeing the four pilots.

Read more about our citizen science mapping framework
Read more about the community adaptation pilots
Read Courier news article on the Carse of Gowrie project

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