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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.

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.

Snow Cover and Climate Change in the Cairngorms National Park

Identifying trends for snow cover days in the Cairngorms National Park based historic temperature and precipitation data, observed snow cover days and climate projections.

Access to peatland for restoration – physical limitations

This review estimates the periods when peatland restoration may – or may not – be possible due to snow cover or other accessibility issues.

Comparative analysis of nitrogen accounting models with particular reference to agriculture

A comparative analysis of existing input-output models for the accounting of nitrogen in the atmosphere.

Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies - approaches and implementation pathways in Scotland

This review provides a deeper understanding of the readiness of certain GGR approaches, and their potential applicability and implementation pathways in Scotland.

Developing a method to assess the impact of incremental loss of floodplain in Scotland

A possible method for estimating floodplain loss and corresponding flood risk impacts.

Livestock breeds and greenhouse gas emissions

Different animals emit different levels of greenhouse gases. This report pulls together the current evidence for different types, size and breeds of cattle in Scotland.

A framework for benchmarking greenhouse gas emissions intensity in Scottish farming

Developing a robust method for generating intensity data for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on Scottish farms.