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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.

Methane-reducing feed additives

In 2018, agriculture was responsible for 18% of Scotland’s total GHG emissions. More than half of this was attributed to methane, mostly from digestion of feed by cattle and sheep. This summary of a rapid evidence assessment examines feed additives developed to reduce these emissions.

Marginal abatement cost curve for Scottish agriculture

Updated estimates of the mitigation potential and the cost-effectiveness of four farm technologies and practices which can reduce GHG emissions in Scotland.

The potential for leguminous crops in Scotland

Assessing the potential production of grain and forage legumes, such as beans, peas, lucerne and clover, in Scotland. These crops can help fix atmospheric nitrogen, potentially reducing the need for synthetic fertiliser.

Perennial energy crops and their potential in Scotland: evidence review

This report examines the potential for a sustainable expansion of perennial bioenergy crop production on low-grade agricultural land or underutilised land, focusing on short rotation coppice, miscanthus and short rotation forestry.