Below are some of our recently updated projects. Visit the Publications Library for access to all of our research publications.

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Emissions impact of home working in Scotland

This report assesses the impact of working from home (WFH) in Scotland. WFH has the potential to reduce carbon emissions associated with commuting and office space, but must be balanced against an expected increase in emissions in the home.

Understanding carbon sequestration in upland habitats

This project reviews current knowledge of the potential for carbon sequestration in key Scottish upland open habitats and identifies the key drivers of change. Upland soils play a vital role in regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

Measuring recovery from extreme weather events

A study of international approaches to assessing recovery from extreme weather events, the data sources underpinning them, and their applicability to Scotland.

Last mile delivery in Scotland

This research examines 'last mile delivery' - the movement of goods from a transport hub to the final destination - and its associated emissions. There is a need for better understanding of the sector to enable Transport Scotland and local authorities to take steps to mitigate negative environmental and social impacts.

Wild deer and climate change in Scottish woodlands

This short review explores the current state of knowledge on wild deer populations and how they effect carbon sequestration in Scottish woodlands.

Understanding the experiences of peatland restoration in Scotland

This report examines current experiences of peatland restoration, widely seen as having a significant role in addressing the global climate emergency. It also looks at the anticipated outcomes and factors influencing engagement with restoration and the prospects for upscaling restoration efforts going forward.

Peatland restoration and potential emissions savings on agricultural land

An assessment of the current evidence for the potential for emissions savings from re-wetting peatland currently used for agriculture in Scotland and alternative uses that might provide an economic return.

Understanding the barriers to uptake of Property Flood Resilience (PFR) in Scotland

In Scotland the responsibility for protecting property from flooding rests with the owner. This report explores the reasons why people do not install Property Flood Resilience (PFR) measures, and identifies what would help encourage owners to make resilient changes to their properties.

Review of the Scottish TIMES energy system model

This report presents the findings of a technical review of the Scottish TIMES model. The model details all Scottish energy flows and greenhouse gas emissions, and explores the potential future benefits of a wide range of low-carbon fuels and technologies.

20 minute neighbourhoods in a Scottish context

This study considers the ambition for 20 minute neighbourhoods in Scotland, taking account of the differing settlement patterns across the country, and analyses international evidence of the success of interventions to achieve these ambitions.

International practice on assessing investment needs and securing investment to adapt

Learning from international attempts at assessing and securing the optimum level of investment in order to keep pace with climate change. The research has a particular emphasis on flood risk management, coastal change and coastal erosion.

Communicating on climate change after COVID-19

A study of the potential impact of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic on how the Scottish public understand and respond to climate change messaging and narratives. The report considers how this learning can be applied to successfully facilitate support for a green recovery.