ClimateXChange is Scotland's centre of expertise on climate change. We provide a research, advice and analysis service to policy teams and associated public agencies. Funded by the Scottish Government.

Recent Submissions

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Infrastructure Investment Decisions 

    Brander, Matthew; Jackson, David (University of Edinburgh, 2020-09)
    The Scottish Parliament has committed to achieving net-zero territorial emissions by 2045, as set by the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019. Designing and delivering appropriate infrastructure ...
  • Measuring the vulnerability of Scottish soils to a changing climate 

    Neilson, Roy; Lilly, Alan; Aitkenhead, Matt; Artz, Rebekka; Baggaley, Nikki; Giles, M.E.; Holland, J; Loades, K; Ovando Pol, P; Rivington, M; Roberts, M; Yeluripati, J (The James Hutton Institute, 2020-09)
    The second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP) identifies soil health as a priority research area to support sustainable soil management and ecosystem services. This follows concerns over a perceived lack ...
  • Understanding and engaging the public on climate change 

    Mulholland, Ciaran; Pollok, Maggie; Townend, Ruth; Black, Carolyn; Gray, Emily (Ipsos MORI, 2020-08)
    This report was commissioned by ClimateXChange for the Scottish Government as part of developing a new Public Engagement Strategy for climate change. At the core of this work is the need to understand public attitudes to ...
  • Analysis of Land Suitability for Woodland Expansion in Scotland: update 2020 

    Sing, Louise; Aitkenhead, Matt (Forest Research, 2020-07)
    The Scottish Government has a statutory commitment to achieve ‘Net Zero’ greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2045. One land use change that will help to meet this target is to increase woodland planting, and the Climate ...
  • Property Flood Resilience - Scottish Baseline study 

    Pettit, Angus; Kerr, Heather (JBA Consulting, 2020-06)
    This research provides an up-to-date baseline assessment of the potential for Property Flood Resilience (PFR) across Scotland. The findings will support the Scottish Government and its partners in the Property Flood ...
  • establishing a manure-slurry exchange in Scotland: a feasibility study 

    Freeman, Dave (2020-06)
    Agriculture and associated land use account for 24% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Scotland, with methane the most significant proportion of this at 44%. Methane comes from enteric fermentation and from manures. The ...
  • Evidence review of the efficacy of nitrification and urease inhibitors 

    Freeman, Dave (2020-06-15)
    This report reviews current knowledge and considers the potential for nitrogen and urease inhibitors to support greenhouse gas emission reductions in Scotland, considering Scottish circumstances and conditions, such as ...
  • Diversifying conifers in productive forests: stakeholders’ perspectives 

    Lawrence, Anna (ClimateXChange, 2020-04)
    Commercial forestry has in recent decades become highly dependent on a small number of conifer species, particularly Sitka spruce. Adaptation and resilience of productive forestry is affected by risks from climate change ...
  • Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Alternatives to Horticultural Peat in Scotland 

    Litterick, Audrey; Bell, Julian; Sellars, Anna; Carfrae, Jennifer (ClimateXChange, 2020-02)
    The Scottish Government has a commitment to restore Scotland’s peatlands. An element of this is to phase out the use of peat in horticulture. This Rapid Evidence Assessment looks at the current state of knowledge on the ...