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Safeguarding Natural Capital research outputs

This page is no longer updated. The information presented here formed part of our previous areas of research. This has included research carried out on behalf of our research partners, commerical contracts and also the Scottish Goverment's Strategic research programme during the period 2011 - 2016.

Scottish Goverment LogoWe have left these pages here to provide background information on our previous areas of research. Further details on the RESAS strategic programme of research (2016-21) will be made available.

Further details on why we archive pages can be found on the following page.

As part of our work on behalf of the Scottish Government, the European Union and a range of other funders, members of staff in the Safeguarding Natural Capital theme produce and contribute to a variety of outputs, a range of which you can see below. Clicking on the links will take you to a separate page where you can find more information, and examples.

  • Apps, digital and mobile content

    Advances in digital technology allow us to publish and share our work in new ways. We make increasing use of social media, and are developing a range of apps for mobile devices to provide information and services for users.

  • Books and Book Chapters

    The many years of experience and quality of science delivered by SNC staff makes them valued collaborators in larger bodies of work on particular subjects, and we have received a number of requests to author or co-author book chapters.

  • Conference Presentations and Posters

    In addition to publishing in peer reviewed journals, SNC staff network with other scientists at a number of conferences each year, across a breadth of topics related to natural capital and ecosystem services. We encourage them not only to attend, but to share their work with their peers either by giving talks, or by taking part in poster sessions.

  • Journal papers

    SNC staff author and contribute to a wide range of papers and articles in peer reviewed publications, many of them free access. Having our work published after being critically reviewed by other experts in the field helps us achieve our goal of delivering world class science.

  • Policy and Research Briefs

    A number of our funders, particularly Scottish Government use the data and knowledge we generate as one of the key inputs when formulating new policies and revising existing ones. We provide succinct summaries of our key findings directly to policy staff, as well as making them available through online portals such as knowledgescotland. We also write and publish more science focussed summaries under the heading 'research briefs'.

  • Reports

    Specific pieces of work for Scottish Government, or projects awarded after a tendering process from other funders, usually include the provision of a final report, which are often made available by the funder at the conclusion of the work.

  • Scientific Reviews

    Our reputation for scientific excellence means we are often called on to synthesise current understanding of a topic. These reviews help inform scientists and other stakeholders of the current 'state of the art', and have been used as evidence in reviews of policy and legislation.

  • Workshops

    We try whenever possible to engage with the people and communities we work with. Workshops help us share our work with end users, and give us the opportunity to draw on the wealth of scientific and local knowledge that those end users possess. We try to publish any outputs from these workshops so that other interested parties can benefit from the shared knowledge generated.

If you would like to know more about the Safeguarding Natural Capital Theme's work, please contact Alison Hester


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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.