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The Land Capability for Agriculture: building a tool to enable climate change assessments

This report explores the potential for a new research tool to estimate land capability under future climatic conditions - the Land Capability of Scotland research platform. It draws on the Land Capability for Agriculture (LCA) classification for Scotland.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Scottish farming: an exploratory analysis of the Scottish Farm Business Survey and Agrecalc

This report explores how data on emissions and nitrogen from the Scottish Farm Business Survey, using Agrecalc, can be used to help design policies aimed at reducing emissions in a sustainable way. Agrecalc is a farm carbon calculator used widely within Scotland.

Soil governance in Scotland: mapping the institutional architecture - update

This research updates CXC's 2018 Soil Governance in Scotland report to reflect changes in policy and legislation for the conservation and management of soil in Scotland, with extensions to consider soil carbon and biodiversity.

The potential for an agroecological approach in Scotland: policy brief

This policy brief examines five different agroecological approaches that are currently practised in Scotland to determine their potential to support the delivery of policy targets relating to climate change, biodiversity, and food production.

Monitoring soil health in Scotland by land use category - a scoping study

This short scoping study considers 13 potential indicators, identified in earlier CXC research, and considers their strategic relevance to monitoring soil health in the context of existing land use Scotland.

Behaviour change and attitudes in the Scottish agricultural sector – a rapid evidence assessment

To meet Scotland's net-zero target farmers need to adopt available emission-reduction technologies and practices. This study examines interventions to encourage practice change, and the key factors that influence successful adoption.

Drought risk in Scottish forests

Drought, as a significant risk to Scottish forests, is likely to be exacerbated by the changing climate. This report summarises the current state of research on drought risk, describes ongoing projects and identifies knowledge gaps and potential research directions.

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.

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.

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.