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Measuring the vulnerability of Scottish soils to a changing climate

This study identifies the indicators which could support the monitoring of Scotland's soil health and measure the vulnerability of Scottish soils to climate change in future.

Understanding and engaging the public on climate change

Drawing together what we know about Scots' attitudes to climate change and the merits of different ways to engage them on the issue.

Land Suitability for Woodland Expansion in Scotland: update 2020

This short study updates an earlier analysis of the available land area that might be suitable for planting new woodlands. It finds the amount has increased by 10% to an estimated 2.96 million hectares.

Property flood resilience - Scottish baseline study

This study provides a baseline best estimate of the potential for property flood resilience (PFR) and current uptake. Potentially around 81,000 properties may benefit from some kind of PFR measure.

Establishing a manure/slurry exchange in Scotland

A feasibility study into whether manure/slurry exchanges could be an effective tool in helping cut greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Efficacy of nitrogen and urease inhibitors in Scotland - an evidence review

This evidence review considers the potential for nitrogen and urease inhibitors to support greenhouse gas emission reductions from fertiliser in Scotland.

Diversifying conifers in productive forests: stakeholders’ perspectives

This report considers the implications of a shift in forest management through the lens of species diversity.

Alternatives to horticultural peat in Scotland

A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the role of peat in UK growing media and the potential for alternatives.

Identifying international leading practice in relation to enabling ULEV uptake

Research to identify leading international practice in relation to policies and programmes aimed at enabling the uptake of ULEVs in key segments of the economy.

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.