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Highlighted publications

  • Balana, B.B.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Slee, B., (2011) A review on cost-effectiveness analysis of agri-environmental measures related to the EU WFD: Key issues, methods, and applications., Ecological Economics, 70, 1021-1031.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Thomas, N.; Potts, J.M.; Avery, L.M.; Langan, S.J.; Watson, H.; Cook, Y.; Taylor, C.; Abel, C.; Reid, E.; Singh, B.K., (2011) Comparison of microbial community assays for the assessment of stream biofilm ecology., Journal of Microbiological Methods, 85, 190-198.
  • Gouriveau, F.; Heal, K.; Stewart, K.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Russell, G., (2010) Constructed farm wetlands: An analysis of costs, benefits and perceptions., Joint SAC/SEPA Biennial Conference 2010, Climate, Water and Soil: Science: Policy and Practice, Edinburgh, 31 March - 1 April 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Water Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Water Quality Conference, 1st, Leeds University, Leeds, 23-24 June 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2010) Monitoring, modelling and mitigation of P pollution of lochs: cost effective or disproportionate., Scottish Freshwater Group, 84th Meeting, Stirling University, Stirling, 8 April 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; MacDonald, J.; Christian, C., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Water 21, August 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Stutter, M.I.; Sample, J.; Dunn, S.; Birkel, C.; Potts, J.; MacDonald, J.; Napier, F.; Jeffrey, W.; Christian, C., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, IWA Diffuse Pollution Specialist Group: Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication, Quebec, Canada, 12-17 September 2010.

Recent publications

  • Oliver, D.M.; Hanley, N.D.; van Niekerk, M.; Kay, D.; Heathwaite, A.L.; Rabinovici, S.J.M.; Kinzelman, J.L.; Fleming, L.E.; Porter, J.; Shaikh, S.; Fish, R.; Chilton, S.; Hewitt, J.; Connolly, E.; Cummins, A.; Glenk, K.; McPhail, C.; McRory, E.; McVittie, A.; Giles, A.; Roberts, S.; Simpson, K.; Tinch, D.; Thairs, T.; Avery, L.M.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Watts, B.D.; Quilliam, R.S., (2016) Molecular tools for bathing water assessment in Europe: Balancing social science research with a rapidly developing environmental science evidence-base., Ambio, 45, 52-62.
  • Dunn, S.M.; Sample, J.; Potts, J.; Abel, C.; Taylor, C.; Cook, Y.; Napier, F.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2014) Recent trends in water quality in an agricultural catchment in Eastern Scotland: elucidating the roles of hydrology and land use., Environmental Science: Processes and Impact, 16, 1659-1675.
  • Miller, D.G.; Matthews, K.B.; Towers, W.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.J.; Squire, G.; Hawes, C.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.; Owen, J.; Wardell-Johnson, D.H., (2014) CAP Greening Review - Expert panel - Interim results., Technical Report for Policy.
  • Vinten, A.; Sample, J.; Ibeyemi, A.; Balana, B.; Diggins, G., (2014) Development of indicators of the impact of SRDP (2007-2013) measures on water quality and applications at national level and to the Lunan water catchment., Report for Scottish Government as part of sub-contract with rural development company on Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013: Ongoing evaluation activity 2011 to 2013, Objective III Tender reference: RERAD/018/10.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Loades, K.; Addy, S.; Richards, S.; Stutter, M.I.; Cook, Y.; Watson, H.; Taylor, C.; Abel, C.; Baggaley, N.; Ritchie, R.; Jeffrey, W., (2014) Assessment of the use of sediment fences for control of erosion and sediment phosphorus loss after potato harvesting on sloping land., Science of the Total Environment, 468-469, 1234-1244.
  • Avery, L.; Chilton, S.; Connolly, E.; Cummins, A.; Glenk, K.; Hanley, N.; Hewitt, J.; Kay, D.; McPhail, C.; McRory, E.; McVittie, A.; Oliver, D.; Quilliam, R.; Rabinovici, S.; Rahman, A.; Roberts, S.; Shaikh, S.; Simpson, K.; Stirling, N.; Thairs, T.; Tinch, D.; van Niekerk, M.; Vinten, A.; Watts, B., (2013) Delivering healthy water: building the science-policy interface to protect bathing water quality, Report from Delivering Health Water Workshop 3, Stirling, 9-10 October 2012.
  • Baggaley, N.J.; Addy, S.; Hough, R.L.; Loades, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2013) A scoping study into BSI PAS100 compost use to mitigate field and riverbank erosion in Scotland., Contract Report for Zero Waste Scotland, ZWS ORI003-005 PO:538.
  • Balana, B.B.; Lago, M.; Baggaley, N.; Castellazzi, M.; Sample, J.; Stutter, M.; Slee, B.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Integrating economic and biophysical data in assessing cost-effectiveness of buffer strip placement., Journal of Environmental Quality, 41, 380-388.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Artz, R.R.E.; Birch, N.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Cummins, R.; Flanigan, S.; Hallet, P.; Irvine, R.J.; Kenyon, W.; Pakeman, R.J., Prager, K.; Slee, B.; Squire, G.; Stutter, M.; Sutherland, L.; Thomson, K.; Towers, W.; Vinten, A., (2012) Developing agri-environmental measures for the next Scottish Rural Development Programme: a summary of relevant research findings from the James Hutton Institute., Report to the Scottish Government, Natural Resources Division, SRDP Technical Working Group (Agri-Environment), 11pp, 25 June 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Artz, R.R.E.; Birch, N.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Cummins, R.; Flanigan, S.; Hallet, P.; Irvine, R.J.; Kenyon, W.; Pakeman, R.J., Prager, K.; Slee, B.; Squire, G.; Stutter, M.; Sutherland, L.; Thomson, K.; Towers, W.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Developing agri-environmental measures for the next Scottish Rural Development Programme: a summary of relevant research findings from the James Hutton Institute., Report to the Scottish Government, Natural Resources Division, SRDP Technical Working Group (Agri-Environment), 11pp, 25 June 2012.
  • Oliver, D.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Report on Water of Fail Farmer Focus Group Meeting, 22 February 2012., Final Report, James Hutton Institute and University of Stirling, 24 April 2012.
  • Sample, J.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Assessing the effectiveness of SRDP measures: a GIS handbook., Report to Scottish Government Department of Rural Statistics.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Introduction and overview to Tropical Wetland Management., In: Ioris, A.A.R. (ed.).Tropical Wetland Management: The South-American Pantanal and the International Experience. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., Farnham, Surrey, Chapter 1, pp1-6.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Booth, P.; Balana, B.B.; MacLeod, M.; Lago, M.; Moran, D.; Jones, M., (2012) Application of the WFD cost proportionality principle to diffuse pollution mitigation: a case study for Scottish Lochs., Journal of Environmental Management, 97, 28-37.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Oliver, D.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Christen, B.; Jackson-Blake, L.; Macleod, C., (2011) CREW-DP report on workshop on strategies to assess effectiveness of diffuse pollution mitigation policy in Scotland., CREW-DP Workshop Final Report, The James Hutton Institute, 3-4 November 2011.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Abel, C.; Watson, H.; Taylor, A., (2009) Lunan monitored priority catchment project., Annual Report 2008.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Avery, L.M.; Potts, J.M.; Strachan, N., (2009) Microbial pollution of water by livestock: approaches to risk assessment and mitigation., Animal, 3, 744-752.
  • Futter, M.N.; Ferrier, R.C.; Ballantine, D.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Blackstock, K.L; Dunn, S.M., (2008) H2O (Heuristics for Hydrological Observatories): A prototype application to the Lunan water catchment., SAC/SEPA Biennial Conference Agriculture and the Environment VII Land Management in a Changing Environment, Edinburgh, 26-27 March 2008.
  • Johnson, E.K.; Moran, D.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2008) A framework for valuing the health benefits of improved bathing water quality in the River Irvine catchment., Journal of Environmental Management, 87, 633-638.
  • McGechan, M.B.; Lewis, D.R.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2008) A river water pollution model for assessment of best management practices for livestock farming., Biosystems Engineering, 99, 292-303.
Staff picture: Andy Vinten
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
andy.vinten@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)844 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Andy Vinten is a principal catchment scientist, with over 20 years background in applied research in soil and water management. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Agricultural and Forest sciences, and a PhD in soil science, he worked on irrigation and water quality issues in the Volcani Center Israel for four years. Thereafter he was a lecturer and senior lecturer on soil science at Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, and managed a Masters Course in Environmental Protection and Management  for 10 years. He joined the Institute in 2005. 

His core interest is in the resolution of catchment scale water quality issues, mainly relating to agricultural diffuse pollution. Although a bio-physical scientist by training, because of his interest in linking environmental processes with economics and behavioural science, he is located in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group (SEGS).

He  manages a Scottish Government funded work package of effectiveness of measures to enhance water quality, within which he is responsible for a research platform on the Lunan catchment, in Angus, Scotland. He is also involved developing in practical solutions to water quality  issues, such as the use of filter fences, buffer strips, farm wetlands etc. He is also involved in a network of scientists from Brazil, Scoltland, Germany and elsewhere, developing catchment research in the Pantanal.

Current research interests 

Andy has worked on modelling and measurement of the transport of pollutants (nitrates, phosphates, micro-organisms, pesticides etc.), for many years and contributed to the growing appreciation of the role that agricultural activities play in contributing to bathing water pollution issues in SW Scotland. 

Recent work includes assessment of cost effectiveness and proportionality of diffuse pollutant mitigation measures. This has shown support for SEPA’s targets for restoration of standing waters to Good Ecological Status, but demonstrates that for many lochs where mitigation is likely to be costly, costs can exceed society’s willingness to pay.

He has also sought to identify the responses of stream benthic microbial communities to aquatic pollution using molecular methods, and carried out modelling on the risk of microbial pollution from livestock influencing human health through bathing water and drinking water pollution; A recent interest is in the development of a new technique, filter fences, for erosion control in the aftermath of potatoes.

On-going and recent projects

Bibliography 

Highlighted publications

  • Balana, B.B.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Slee, B., (2011) A review on cost-effectiveness analysis of agri-environmental measures related to the EU WFD: Key issues, methods, and applications., Ecological Economics, 70, 1021-1031.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Coull, M.C.; Futter, M.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Marshall, K., (2011) Linking local and scientific knowledge for water management., Participatory Geography Session on Crossing Participatory Boundaries: Exploring the role of knowledge co-production in synthesising different approaches to participation, RGS-IBG Conference, London, 31 August - 2 September 2011.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Thomas, N.; Potts, J.M.; Avery, L.M.; Langan, S.J.; Watson, H.; Cook, Y.; Taylor, C.; Abel, C.; Reid, E.; Singh, B.K., (2011) Comparison of microbial community assays for the assessment of stream biofilm ecology., Journal of Microbiological Methods, 85, 190-198.
  • Gouriveau, F.; Heal, K.; Stewart, K.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Russell, G., (2010) Constructed farm wetlands: An analysis of costs, benefits and perceptions., Joint SAC/SEPA Biennial Conference 2010, Climate, Water and Soil: Science: Policy and Practice, Edinburgh, 31 March - 1 April 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Water Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Water Quality Conference, 1st, Leeds University, Leeds, 23-24 June 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2010) Monitoring, modelling and mitigation of P pollution of lochs: cost effective or disproportionate., Scottish Freshwater Group, 84th Meeting, Stirling University, Stirling, 8 April 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; MacDonald, J.; Christian, C., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Water 21, August 2010.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Stutter, M.I.; Sample, J.; Dunn, S.; Birkel, C.; Potts, J.; MacDonald, J.; Napier, F.; Jeffrey, W.; Christian, C., (2010) How effective is the implementation of controls on diffuse pollution under the Water Framework Directive in Scotland? Answers and questions from the Lunan Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchment project., Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, IWA Diffuse Pollution Specialist Group: Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication, Quebec, Canada, 12-17 September 2010.

Recent publications

  • Dunn, S.M.; Sample, J.; Potts, J.; Abel, C.; Taylor, C.; Cook, Y.; Napier, F.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2014) Recent trends in water quality in an agricultural catchment in Eastern Scotland: elucidating the roles of hydrology and land use., Environmental Science: Processes and Impact, 16, 1659-1675.
  • Vinten, A.; Sample, J.; Ibeyemi, A.; Balana, B.; Diggins, G., (2014) Development of indicators of the impact of SRDP (2007-2013) measures on water quality and applications at national level and to the Lunan water catchment., Report for Scottish Government as part of sub-contract with rural development company on Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013: Ongoing evaluation activity 2011 to 2013, Objective III Tender reference: RERAD/018/10.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Loades, K.; Addy, S.; Richards, S.; Stutter, M.I.; Cook, Y.; Watson, H.; Taylor, C.; Abel, C.; Baggaley, N.; Ritchie, R.; Jeffrey, W., (2014) Assessment of the use of sediment fences for control of erosion and sediment phosphorus loss after potato harvesting on sloping land., Science of the Total Environment, 468-469, 1234-1244.
  • Avery, L.; Chilton, S.; Connolly, E.; Cummins, A.; Glenk, K.; Hanley, N.; Hewitt, J.; Kay, D.; McPhail, C.; McRory, E.; McVittie, A.; Oliver, D.; Quilliam, R.; Rabinovici, S.; Rahman, A.; Roberts, S.; Shaikh, S.; Simpson, K.; Stirling, N.; Thairs, T.; Tinch, D.; van Niekerk, M.; Vinten, A.; Watts, B., (2013) Delivering healthy water: building the science-policy interface to protect bathing water quality, Report from Delivering Health Water Workshop 3, Stirling, 9-10 October 2012.
  • Baggaley, N.J.; Addy, S.; Hough, R.L.; Loades, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2013) A scoping study into BSI PAS100 compost use to mitigate field and riverbank erosion in Scotland., Contract Report for Zero Waste Scotland, ZWS ORI003-005 PO:538.
  • Balana, B.B.; Lago, M.; Baggaley, N.; Castellazzi, M.; Sample, J.; Stutter, M.; Slee, B.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Integrating economic and biophysical data in assessing cost-effectiveness of buffer strip placement., Journal of Environmental Quality, 41, 380-388.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Artz, R.R.E.; Birch, N.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Cummins, R.; Flanigan, S.; Hallet, P.; Irvine, R.J.; Kenyon, W.; Pakeman, R.J., Prager, K.; Slee, B.; Squire, G.; Stutter, M.; Sutherland, L.; Thomson, K.; Towers, W.; Vinten, A., (2012) Developing agri-environmental measures for the next Scottish Rural Development Programme: a summary of relevent research findings from the James Hutton Institute., Report to the Scottish Government, Natural Resources Division, SRDP Technical Working Group (Agri-Environment), 11pp, 25 June 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Artz, R.R.E.; Birch, N.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Cummins, R.; Flanigan, S.; Hallet, P.; Irvine, R.J.; Kenyon, W.; Pakeman, R.J., Prager, K.; Slee, B.; Squire, G.; Stutter, M.; Sutherland, L.; Thomson, K.; Towers, W.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Developing agri-environmental measures for the next Scottish Rural Development Programme: a summary of relevent research findings from the James Hutton Institute., Report to the Scottish Government, Natural Resources Division, SRDP Technical Working Group (Agri-Environment), 11pp, 25 June 2012.
  • Oliver, D.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Report on Water of Fail Farmer Focus Group Meeting, 22 February 2012., Final Report, James Hutton Institute and University of Stirling, 24 April 2012.
  • Sample, J.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Assessing the effectiveness of SRDP measures: a GIS handbook., Report to Scottish Government Department of Rural Statistics.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., (2012) Introduction and overview to Tropical Wetland Management., In: Ioris, A.A.R. (ed.).Tropical Wetland Management: The South-American Pantanal and the International Experience. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., Farnham, Surrey, Chapter 1, pp1-6.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Booth, P.; Balana, B.B.; MacLeod, M.; Lago, M.; Moran, D.; Jones, M., (2012) Application of the WFD cost proportionality principle to diffuse pollution mitigation: a case study for Scottish Lochs., Journal of Environmental Management, 97, 28-37.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Oliver, D.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Christen, B.; Jackson-Blake, L.; Macleod, C., (2011) CREW-DP report on workshop on strategies to assess effectiveness of diffuse pollution mitigation policy in Scotland., CREW-DP Workshop Final Report, The James Hutton Institute, 3-4 November 2011.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Abel, C.; Watson, H.; Taylor, A., (2009) Lunan monitored priority catchment project., Annual Report 2008.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Avery, L.M.; Potts, J.M.; Strachan, N., (2009) Microbial pollution of water by livestock: approaches to risk assessment and mitigation., Animal, 3, 744-752.
  • Futter, M.N.; Ferrier, R.C.; Ballantine, D.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Blackstock, K.L; Dunn, S.M., (2008) H2O (Heuristics for Hydrological Observatories): A prototype application to the Lunan water catchment., SAC/SEPA Biennial Conference Agriculture and the Environment VII Land Management in a Changing Environment, Edinburgh, 26-27 March 2008.
  • Johnson, E.K.; Moran, D.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2008) A framework for valuing the health benefits of improved bathing water quality in the River Irvine catchment., Journal of Environmental Management, 87, 633-638.
  • McGechan, M.B.; Lewis, D.R.; Vinten, A.J.A., (2008) A river water pollution model for assessment of best management practices for livestock farming., Biosystems Engineering, 99, 292-303.
  • Towers, W.; Booth, P.D.; Vinten, A.; Ayres, J., (2008) Human health and environmental impacts on using sewage sludge on forestry and for restoration of derelict land: Site suitability procedure forestry., SNIFFER
  • Towers, W.; Booth, P.D.; Vinten, A.; Ayres, J., (2008) Human health and environmental impacts on using sewage sludge on forestry and for restoration of derelict land: Site suitability procedure land reclamation., SNIFFER.

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