Scotland's climate has changed significantly over the last 50 years. Summers are becoming drier, winters wetter and we are having more heavy rainfall events. This affects many aspects of our lives. Climate change means more extreme events and unpredictable weather, and adapting has to be a continuous process.
ClimateXChange is focused particularly on Government policies that enable Scotland to become more resilient to the changing climate in agriculture, biodiversity, forestry and the built environment. We provided evidence and advice that underpins elements of Scotland's Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP). We have two Research Fellows working on developing research evidence for climate change adaptation, and monitoring and evaluation. In addition we use our SEFARI resource on project relating to soils, land use, peatlands etc.
Meet our adaptation researchers
Rebekka, who has expertise in the ecological functioning of peatlands, has been involved with CXC from the beginning and sits on our Directorate. She was instrumental in the development of the WISE tool, and has translated the complex requirements of the IPCC Inventory for a wider policy audience. More recently, she has led research into remote sensing of peatland drainage, and explored the science of restoration and its practical application.
Rebekka was also closely involved in the development of the adaptation indicators for the natural environment, with particular reference to peatland, and oversees our work at the James Hutton Institute.
Chris manages CXC’s Climate Change Adaptation work through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where he is Head of Cryptogamic Botany. Chris has also been the Regional Advisor for the International Association of Lichenology since 2009.
Chris’ research focuses on the integration of ecological processes across spatial-temporal scales. This creates a bridge between the control of species biogeography by larger-scale drivers - landscape-scale habitat structure, pollution and climate (including climate change) - and the species/community response to local habitat dynamics. Results are used in the development of conservation strategy, to protect against and redress impacts ranging from local habitat loss to global climate change.
Anna is an Associate in the Centre of Environmental Change and Human Resilience, the School of the Environment, University of Dundee. Her research is on the science of climate change adaptation, including developing indicators to inform the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme and wider national adaptation decision making. The indicators are also used by the Committee on Climate Change in their assessments of Scotland's progress. She has a background researching the impact of climate change and habitat structure on the behaviour and population dynamics of grassland isopods.
A Professor of Physical Geography in the University of Dundee, John is also a founding Director for the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (2009).
John’s research focuses on water and sediment dynamics, and more generally the sensitivity and resilience of environmental systems to perturbations including climate change. His current projects explore the utility of ecosystem-based adaptation of the ecosystem services concept with respect to natural flood management. He is also exploring the linkages between soil erosion and biodiversity in agro-ecosystems, and elucidating the biophysical linkages between hydromorphological pressures and ecological response – increasingly using remote sensing techniques.
Emmanuel is based at The James Hutton Institute Aberdeen working on the Land Capability for Agriculture (LCA) and land Capability for Forestry (LCF). The project is focused on creating a digital platform of the LCA and LCF to enable future climate change impact assessment to inform subsequent land use adaptation policy.
He has previously worked on the EU-funded LIFE SMART WASTE project, developing and testing innovative and intelligence-led approaches to tackling waste crime using remote sensing techniques.