ClimateXChange brings scientists and policy makers together to create policies that are informed by the best available evidence.

We act both as a knowledge broker between researchers and policy, and as a research provider. We seek to deliver the best ideas, knowledge and evidence to policy teams, and to deliver effective pathways to impact for Scottish researchers.

We have two ways of working:


1. A co-produced multi-disciplinary research programme

We work in partnership with the Scottish Government and its agencies to respond to questions and requests for evidence, identify upcoming evidence needs, and then independently plan our research and analysis to meet policy timelines. It is a flexible research programme, co-developed with policy colleagues to deliver research syntheses, desk-reviews, in-depth studies, reports and other outputs.


2. Knowledge brokering

We facilitate conversations and broker knowledge across sectors, disciplines and institutions to provide new insights for policy. This is done through a variety of forms, from workshops and seminars to introducing new tools and techniques on topics including priorities for peatland research and community energy development. Knowledge exchange builds relationships and networks, and gives policy-makers access to a research network far beyond CXC.

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Approaches used to develop national plans to implement climate mitigation commitments

A study of how different jurisdictions have developed and monitored their strategic plans for achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Taking a managed adaptive approach to flood risk management planning in Scotland

Drawing on Scottish case study evidence, this report presents recommendations for how guidance can be changed to facilitate more adaptive approaches in flood risk management planning.

Ultra-low emissions vehicles market segmentation in Scotland

A rapid increase in the number of electric vehicles on our road is one part of Scotland’s plan to cut emissions from the sector. This report makes recommendations to address the identified barriers to ULEV uptake.

Snow Cover and Climate Change in the Cairngorms National Park

Identifying trends for snow cover days in the Cairngorms National Park based historic temperature and precipitation data, observed snow cover days and climate projections.