This is a significant work area with importance for both reducing emissions and how we adapt to the changes we see in our climate. For example: Scotland’s peatlands and forests are important carbon sinks, through the soil and vegetation. Managing and expanding forests, and restoring peatland sites, are important to increase the carbon storage capacity and also to manage increased flood risk.

Locking carbon into the soil and vegetation is also an important aspect of developing climate friendly agriculture practices. We also provide research on:

  • using energy and fuels efficiently;
  • developing renewable energy;
  • optimising the application of fertiliser and manures; and
  • optimising livestock management and storage of waste.

Meet our land use, agriculture, forestry and peatlands researchers

Kate Beauchamp

Research Fellow
Research topic: Adaptive Forest Management
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Kate is a Project Manager in the Climate Change Research Group within the Forest Research sector of the Forestry Commission. Currently, she maintains a position as a Climate Change researcher and her research allows the forest sector to adapt to climate change. Her research also features assessing risk across the forest supply chain and the role of contingency planning in adaptation and risk management.

Working closely with forest practitioners and policy teams to develop research and knowledge exchange resources that support adaptation, Kate has developed a variety of Climate Change Indicators within the forestry sector to help create, and adapt, policies.

Renee Hermans

Postdoctoral Researcher
Research topic: Climate impacts of blanket peat bog restoration from forestry in the Flow Country, Scotland
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Renee is currently working as a postdoctoral research assistant on synthesizing evidence of forest-to-bog restoration impacts on carbon emissions.  She is based within the Faculty of Natural Science at the University of Stirling.

Her research is essential to address the gap between field-based evidence and peatland restoration policy, and synthesizes evidence of forest-to-bog restoration impacts on carbon emissions. The work will be used to engage with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and UK GHG Inventory Team to integrate Forest-to-bog restoration into the Peatland Code.

Tom Locatelli

Research Fellow
Research topic: Adaptive Forest Management
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Tom is a Climate Change Researcher at the Northern Research Station of Forest Research in Scotland. His research includes the exploration of parallels between risk management in finance and in forestry to inform policy and operations in the Scottish forestry sector, and the monitoring of environmental variables in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, the adaptation demonstration research forest of Forestry Commission Scotland.

Tom is liaising with other forestry associations in Scotland towards the development of a database of adaptation demonstration sites. His current research focusses on the development of the wind risk model ForestGALES to allow for the management of broadleaved trees and complex stand structure within an open-source GIS framework.

James Morison

Principal Investigator
Research topic: Adaptation, mitigation and the impact of climate change on forests
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James currently leads the work of the Climate Change Research Group in Forest Research (FR), which spans research and knowledge exchange on climate change impacts on trees, woodlands and forests, adaptation measures and forestry’s mitigation contributions. He was involved in FR’s contribution to the ClimateXChange project for the first phase from 2010- 2015, and coordinates the FR input into the second phase which is set to span until 2021. He has also contributed to the UK Climate Change Risk Assessments in 2012 and 2017, and co-chaired the LWEC Report Card on the Climate Change Impacts on UK Agriculture and Forestry (2017).

His research includes forest carbon and GHG balances, climate change risks and adaptation measures. He works on linking climate change research and policy needs for Scottish Government and agencies.