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Can you help with an investigation of impacts of unpredictable weather patterns?

Investigation of Community Resilience to Natural Hazards; what are the contributing factors?

'You are being invited to take part in a research study because of your knowledge and experience. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information

The purpose of this research is to investigate how farms farmers prepare for, cope with and recover from the effects of more unpredictable weather patterns and the increased frequency of extreme weather events.

I want to find out how the recent dry weather has affected you and your farm. I also would like to ask you about the impact of the snow earlier in the year and if this has had any impact upon your ability to cope with the current dry weather.

Please download the attached PDF and return to me at the following:

Dr Helen Baxter, School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus

Crichton University Campus

Dumfries  DG1 4ZL


Tel: + 44 (0) 1387702036

 If you no longer want to be part of the research you can request that any information you have provide be destroyed and it will be.

 By taking part in this research you will be helping to understand what is needed to support communities so that they can cope and recover from the effects of extreme weather and other natural hazards.

•             Your name, and any details about you will be kept separate from anything that you tell me.

•             You will be given a pseudonym or code number to disguise your identity and this will be stored in a password protected database which only I will have access to.

•             Please note that confidentiality may not be guaranteed; due to the limited size of the participant sample.

•             All information, interview recordings, transcripts of interviews, notes and paper surveys collected will be stored electronically and password protected or kept in a locked filing cabinet.

•             No identifying information about you will ever be passed on to other researchers; the things that you tell me may be passed on to other researchers upon request if I think it is appropriate.

•             At the end of the research project all personal information about you will be destroyed.

•             At the end of the project the information that I have collected will be put into an archive to help future researchers. This will be kept for a minimum of 10 years and access to this information will be by request only.

•             There will be no record kept of your personal details and no information about you will be uploaded into the archive.

•             The information collected for this research project will be analysed to identify common themes and areas of interest.

•             This will be used as a starting point to identify and measure what makes communities resilient.

•             The information collected during this research will be used in reports which will be available online and published in academic journals.

•             The findings of the research will be presented at research conferences and seminars.

•             All published work will be available to you upon request.


This research is being funded by the Scottish government as part of the National Centre for Resilience

For more information visit the website  

This project has been considered and approved by the College Research Ethics Committee.


Please contact me if you have any questions

Dr Helen Baxter, School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus

Crichton University Campus

Dumfries  DG1 4ZL


Tel: + 44 (0) 1387702036

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