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RD 1.1.4 Soil management

mobile apps


We aim to support the sustainable use and management of Scotland’s soil resource by providing new tools to predict how soil functions respond to land use, management and environmental pressures. These decision support tools will enable users to address a wide range of policies and decision-making across scales from field to national.

These tools will include simple models that can be run online and support tools to inform and educate. We will develop new maps of key soil properties using digital techniques.

It is also important to understand how people interact with the natural environment and how they value the benefits we derive from Scotland’s landscapes. These values influence land managers' decisions and a better understanding of them can support and inform sustainable soil managementpolicy and decision making.

It is important to be able to monitor changes in the soil to assess impacts of land use and climate change. As this can be expensive and time consuming, we are looking at was to speed up the process through novel methods such as spectrometry to detect changes in soil indicators such as carbon content, pH and (micro) nutrient status

We aim to make soils data more readily available over the internet by developing web mapping services and mobile apps to help land managers sustainably manage Scotland’s  soils resource so that it can continue to provide a wide range of benefits, functions and services. Many of the outputs form this and related work will also be available on

Project Information
Project Type: 
Active Project
SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research InstitutesSEFARI is the collective of six Scottish world-leading Research Institutes working across the spectrum of environment, land, food, agriculture and communities – all topics which affect how we live our lives, in Scotland and beyond.


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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.