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

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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.

A review of heat decarbonisation policies in Europe

This report reviews the heating technologies and heat decarbonisation policies of nine European countries: the UK (with a focus on Scotland), the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, France, Germany and Ireland).

Using satellite data to help quantify Scottish greenhouse gas emissions

Examining how satellite observations of the atmosphere could be used to report GHG emissions more frequently and with less time-lag.

COVID-19, travel behaviours and business recovery in Scotland

A snapshot of employers’ experience of staff working from home/flexible working, business travel and commuting before the COVID-19 pandemic, during the lockdown in March-June 2020, and in the longer term as we recover from the pandemic.

Delivering social care in a changing climate

An assessment of the social care support sector’s resilience to climate change, and possible steps to increasing resilience. The research was conducted prior to the Covid pandemic.