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Basic description of the SCIMAP framework

SCIMAP is a risk-mapping framework designed to identify where in the landscape diffuse pollution is most likely to be originating. SCIMAP does not try to make quantitative predictions in real world units (e.g. mg l-1) but rather works in relative terms across the landscape and identifies the most probable sources of the observed problem. SCIMAP considers the spatial pattern of connectivity and source risks to create risk maps of the diffuse pollution risk concentration within the river channels. These maps can then be used to spatially target mitigation measures. It is important to consider SCIMAP as an approach, a risk mapping framework, rather than complete solution. There is the normal way in which SCIMAP is implemented but this may need to be adjusted for the site of interest. SCIMAP gives you a method and tool set to consider your diffuse pollution problem.  SCIMAP has been tested against ecological and water quality datasets (N and P) for a range of UK catchments. The ‘fitted’ version of the approach enables SCIMAP to be applied to a wider range of pollutants if they fit with the approaches underlying assumptions. There is a video on the website which introduces SCIMAP in under seven minutes: