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Hot, but not a Long Hot Summer

The Heat is On, sang the singe Glenn Frey, and it would be an apt song for this summer. While July and August may not have felt that warm, failing to make it Keith Urban’s Long Hot Summer, the climate change driven heat in June tipped summer into being the 10th warmest summer on record...

Hutton Unconformities conquer Scotland’s Great Glen

The sun shone, but then the heavens opened – it’s a typical story for Scottish weather and one our and all the other teams taking part in the Great Glen Challenge on Friday (August 25) took on with relish. And it was all well worth it – we’ve hit our £1,000...

World Water Week: tackling water and environmental challenges, a win win

By Dr Rachel Helliwell, Director of Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters and the Hydro Nation International Centre (first published in The Herald, 22 August, 2023).

Munro soils: citizen science with altitude

By Andrea Britton Just over a month ago, we launched our citizen science alpine soil biodiversity project “Mountain Heights, Hidden Depths”. Our goal is to collect soil samples from nearly all of Scotland’s Munros so we can create a baseline map of alpine soil biodiversity...

The EU Soil Monitoring and Resilience Directive — Soil Monitoring Law

Kenneth Loades, Nikki Baggaley (The James Hutton Institute), and Jackie Potts (BioSS)

Damp July eases water scarcity warnings

It may have felt like July was a bit driech. In fact it was, even in Invergowrie on our drier east coast of Scotland. July here saw the 16th highest rainfall recorded for a July month, with 89.3 mm of the stuff falling (130% of the long-term average), according to our records, which go back to...

From pine marten poo to pulling together on biodiversity

Liam McAllan has recently joined the Hutton-hosted North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership (NESBiP) as Biodiversity Coordinator. He tells us why we need to pull together for Scotland’s biodiversity. Did you know that blaeberries can make up to 30% of a pine marten’s summer...

Does Scotland have a water scarcity problem – and what can we do about it?

We may think of Scotland as a wet country, where summer holidays are more often than not ruined by a downpour and water is abundant. Yet, concerns about water scarcity are increasingly in the headlines. Low river water levels in mid-August last year (2022), caused the Scottish Environment...

Hottest June on record at Hutton in Invergowrie

Weather data from The James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie has confirmed June as being the hottest month on record. The month saw a daily mean air temperature of 15.1ºC at the Hutton’s Invergowrie campus, making it the hottest June since records started at the site in 1954....

Hutton student wins Scottish Land Commission award

A human geography student at The James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen has won the Scottish Land Commission’s National Student Award for 2023.


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