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Acid Rain

Soil Critical Loads in Scotland Acid rain is an international problem largely brought about through the emissions of sulphur and nitrogen to the atmosphere. To assess the potential impact and sensitivity of Scotland to acidification pressures we have produced a critical load map.

The map shows a five fold classification of the different abilities of soils to buffer any incoming acidity, with black having the greatest sensitivity.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.