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Alessandro Gimona

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Landscape Ecologist
alessandro.gimona@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Alessandro is a spatial ecologist and a geographer with experience of both terrestrial and aquatic systems. He uses mechanistic and statistical modelling, as well as GIS and remote sensing technology, to answer research questions.

For further updates please see Alessandro's page on ResearchGate.

Current research interests

Alessandro interests comprise:

  • species distribution at the continental, landscape
  • the spatial distribution of ecosystem services, and the associated uncertainty.
  • Alessandro also researches how to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services in spatial planning for multi-functional landscapes.
  • Finally, the effects of climatic change and land use change on these areas of study, and possible adaptation options, are a core interest.

Alessandro has also been supervising a PhD student investigating how incentive schemes can be devised at the landscape scale.

Research methods comprise statistical and mechanistic spatial models and the use of GIS and remote sensing technology.

Bibliography

  • Polhill, J.G.; Milazzo, L.; Dawson, T.; Gimona, A.; Parker, D. (2017) Lessons learned replicating the analysis of outputs from a social simulation of biodiversity incentivisation., In: Jager, W., Verbrugge R., Flache A., de Roo G., Hoogduin L. & Hemelrijk C. (eds.) Advances in Social Simulation 2015. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing 528. Springer, Cham., 355-365.
  • Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Spezia, L.; Brewer, M. (2016) Example of bayesian uncertainty for digital soil mapping., In: Zhang, G.L., Brus, D., Liu, F., Song, X.D. and Lagacherie, P. (eds.). Digital Soil Mapping Across Paradigms, Scales and Boundaries. Springer Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Singapore, pp181-193.
  • Baggaley, N.J.; Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Lilly, A. (2016) Comparison of traditional and geostatistical methods to estimate and map the carbon content of Scottish soils., In: Zhang, G.L., Brus, D., Liu, F., Song, X.D. and Lagacherie, P. (eds.). Digital Soil Mapping Across Paradigms, Scales and Boundaries. Springer Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Singapore, pp103-111.
  • Brooker, R.; Eastwood, A.; Gimona, A.; Poggio, L.; Genney, D.; Ellis, C.; Brewer, M.I. (2016) Opportunities for translocating mountain species., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 11, pp24-25.
  • Gimona, A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Donnelly, D.; Irvine, R.J. (2016) Aberdeenshire Regional Land Use Pilot: A web-based spatial tool to support land use decision making., In: Brooker, R., Hester, A. & Pakeman, R. (eds.). Ecosystem Services. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp16-17.
  • Gimona, A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Poggio, L.; Castellazzi, M.; Brooker, R.; Pakeman, R.J. (2016) Modelling and mapping key ecosystem services., In: Brooker, R., Hester, A. & Pakeman, R.J. (eds.). Ecosystem Services. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp8-9.
  • Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Brown, I.; Castellazzi, M.; Aalders, I.H. (2013) Changes in land use capability and impacts on ecosystem functions., In: Hepperle, E., Dixon-Gough, R., Maliene, V., Mansberger, R., Paulsson, J. & Podor, A. (eds.). Land Management: Potential, Problems and Stumbling Blocks. VDF Hochschulverlag AG, Zurich, pp141-150.
  • Brown, I.; Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Castellazzi, M.S. (2011) Land capability classification to plan for a changing climate., In: Toth, G. & Nemeth, T. (eds.). Land Quality and Land Use Information - in the European Union. EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Series, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, pp289-296. ISBN 978-92-79-17601-2
  • Gimona, A.; Polhill, J.G.; Davies, B.B. (2011) Sinks, sustainability and conservation incentives., In: Sources, Sinks and Sustainability (eds. Liu, J., Hull, V., Morzillo, A., and Wiens, J). Cambridge University Press, Chapter 8, pp155-178.
  • Gimona, A. (2008) Rook., In: Birds of Scotland: A comprehensive and authoritative work guide to all Scottish species. SOC.
  • Gimona, A.; Geddes, A.; Elston, D.A. (2000) Localised areal disaggregation for linking agricultural census data to remotely sensed land cover data., In: Innovations in GIS: GIS and Geocomputation, 7, pp205-218.

  • Gimona, A. (2022) A narrative about the potential interacting impacts of insufficient climate change mitigation, 1.4.2 web site
  • Kuhfuss, L.; Attalla, L.; Begg, G.; Hawes, C.; Gimona, A.; Lozada-Ellison, L.; Martinat, S.; McKeen, M.; Pakeman, R.; Roberts, M.; Zuta, A. (2021) Exploring alternative agrienvironmental payment schemes for arable land in Scotland, Online report
  • Gimona, A.; Wright, P.; Eastwood, A.; Gallego, A.; Hester, A.J. (2021) Ecological networks - connecting Scotland’s nature at the landscape scale., Report on NatureScot Website (NatureScot), 38pp.
  • Castellazzi M.; Hewitt, R.; Gimona A. (2021) SSP1 & SSP5 land use scenarios (50 replicates, November 2020) to estimate 3 Habitats connectivity (Broadleaves, Moorland, Scot Pine) with the Lemmings tool., Part of RESAS O1.4.2ciiD29: Connectivity Analysis for Forests and Heather Habitats. (Powerpoint Summary).
  • Castellazzi, M.; Baggio, A.; Gimona, A. (2021) Climate-friendly (inspired by NetZero) land use scenario for multi-benefits: assessing broadleaves connectivity with the Lemmings tool., Part of RESAS O1.4.2ciiD29: Connectivity Analysis for Forests and Heather Habitats. (PowerPoint Summary).
  • Allan, A.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hutton, C.; Hill, C.; Halliday, S.J.; Lyon, C.; Hornby, D.; Ahuja, S.; Akoumianaki, I.; Gimona, A.; Glendell, M.; Pohle, I.; Spray, C.; Waldock, I. (2019) Ramganga river health, Final report., Report to Scottish Government, 430pp.
  • Rivington, M.; Spencer, M.; Gimona, A.; Artz, R.R.E.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Ball, J. (2019) Snow cover and climate change in the Cairngorms National Park: Summary assessment., ClimateXChange Website, December 2019, 31pp.
  • Artz, R.R.E.; Ball, J.; Gimona, A.; Blake, D.; McBride, A. (2019) Access to peatland for restoration - physical limitations., ClimateXChange Report, 8pp.
  • Gimona, A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A. (2019) Predicting the quality status of biological elements (Water Framework Directive) for surface water in Scotland using the output of InVEST models., Report for RESAS Objective 1.4.2cii, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 13pp.
  • Aitkenhead, M.; Waylen, K.A.; Compagnucci, A.; Rivington, M.; Gimona, A. (2019) Extreme climate change scenarios for Scotland: Workshop report., Report for SEFARI Gateway, 20pp.
  • Hewitt, R.J.; Macleod, C.J.A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Castellazzi, M.; Miller, D.G.; Gimona, A. (2018) Maps of land use data and ecosystem services for catchment level case studies in Scotland: examples applied to the National Parks and Aberdeenshire River Dee., Report to RESAS, 1.4.3 Objective D Deliverable D3.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Gimona, A.; Glendell, M.; Yeluripati, J.; Addy, S.; van Hulst, F.; Matthews, K.; Mitchell, R.; Rivington, M. (2018) Climate change, natural capital and adaptation in Scotland’s marginal lands., Report to ClimateXChange, 17pp.
  • Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Gagkas, Z.; Lilly, A. (2018) 3D digital soil mapping for Scottish soils using remote sensing., Internal Report for RESAS.
  • Gimona, A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Hewitt, R.; Castellazzi, M.; Poggio, L. (2018) Simulating the effect of linear features on nutrient and sediment export at the catchment scale., Report.
  • Gimona, A.; Poggio, L.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Castellazzi, M. (2018) Unsupervised habitat classification using Sentinel 1 and 2 data and legacy habitat data: a pilot project., Report to Scottish Government, 11pp.
  • Poggio, L.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Gimona, A. (2017) Remote sensing data to support the Natural Asset Register: a report on methodology., Internal Research Report, James Hutton Institute.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Brooker, R.; Pakeman, R.J.; Ellis, C.; George, T.; Iason, G.; Gilbert, L.; Artz, R,.R.E.; Irvine, R.J.; McVittie, A.; Newey, S.; Mitchell, R.; Gimona, A.; Fischer, A.; Begg, G.; Maxwell, J. (2017) Ecosystems and Land Use Stakeholders Engagement Group (ELSEG) Workshop Report., Workshop, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, 20 November 2017.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brown, A.; Eastwood, A.; Fisher, A.; Gimona, A.; Prager, K.; Irvine, R.J. (2017) Adaptive management evaluation framework., RESAS1.4.3a Deliverable M2.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; McVittie, A.; Gimona, A.; Irvine, R.J. (2017) WP1.4 meeting report: progress to date and looking forward. RESAS1.4 additional deliverable in lieu of quarterly Work Package Management Group Meeting., Internal Workshop Report circulated to all MRP researchers involved in WP1.4.
  • Akoumianaki, I.; Potts, J.; Baggio, A.; Gimona, A.; Spezia, L.; Sample, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacDonald, J. (2016) Developing a method to monitor the rural diffuse pollution plan: Providing a framework for interpreting catchment data., CREW Report, CRW2014/13, 49pp.
  • MacLeod, C.J.; Blackstock, K.L.; Brown, K.M.; Eastwood, A.; Gimona, A.; Prager, K.; Irvine, R.J. (2016) Adaptive management: an overview of the concept and its practical application in the Scottish context., Technical Report for RESAS1.4.3a Deliverable D1, 24pp.
  • Aitkenhead, M.; Poggio, L.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Gimona, A.; Artz, R.R.E. (2016) Detection of peatland drainage with remote sensing - a scoping study., Technical Report to CxC Directorate.
  • Brooker, R.W.; Ahrends, A.; Bond, C.; Castellazzi, M.; Ellis, C.; Gimona, A.; Harding, A.; Kirkbride, V.; Poggio, L.; Rowan, J.; Wignall, R. (2014) Summary Report: Climate change risk-based assessment for notifiable features in Scotland., Summary Report for CXC, December 2014.
  • Brooker, R.W.; Ahrends, A.; Bailey, D.; Brewer, M.; Brown, I.; Castellazzi, M.; Gimona, A.; Ellis, C.; Harding, A.; Harrison, P.; Hopkins, C.; Moss, A.; Muir, M.; Poggio, L. (2014) Phase 1 Final Report: Climate change risk-based assessment for notifiable features in Scotland., Report produced for Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Mitchell, R.J.; Bailey, S.; Beaton, J.K.; Bellamy, P.E.; Brooker, R.W.; Broome, A.; Chetcuti, J.; Eaton, S.; Ellis, C.J.; Farren, J.; Gimona, A.; Goldberg, E.; Hall, J.; Harmer, R.; Hester, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; Hodgetts, N.G.; Hooper, R.J.; Howe, L.; Iason, G.R.; Kerr, G.; Littlewood, N.A.; Morgan, V.; Newey, S.; Potts, J.M.; Pozsgai, G.; Ray, D.; Sim, D.A.; Stockan, J.A.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Woodward, S. (2013) Ash dieback: impacts on other species and understanding the ecology of ash., Report to JNCC.
  • Brooker, R.W.; Ahrends, A.; Bailey, D.; Brewer, M.; Brown, I.; Castellazzi, M.; Gimona, A.; Ellis, C.; Harding, A.; Harrison, P.; Hopkins, C.; Moss, A.; Muir, M.; Poggio, L. (2013) Climate change risk-based assessment for notifiable features in Scotland: interim report., Report delivered to SNH as part of the CXC activities.
  • Aitkenhead, M.J.; Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Aalders, I.H. (2012) PROBA-V Evaluation of accuracy characteristics in heterogeneous zones., Report to Belgian Space Agency.
  • Brown, I.; Gimona, A.; Poggio, L.; Castellazzi, M.; Aitkenhead, M.; Brooker, R. (2011) Developing upland habitat inventories for Annex 1 and priority BAP habitats., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Brooker, R.W.; Britton, A.J.; Gimona, A.; Lennon, J.J.; Littlewood, N.A. (2011) Literature review: species translocations as a tool for biodiversity conservation during climate change., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No.440, Inverness.

  • Wang, C.; Gimona, A.; Miller, D.; Wilkinson, M.; Ovando, P.; Wilkins , B.; Jiang, Y. (2022) Bringing more exploration and interaction to scenario modeling and data visualisation through 3D GIS and Virtual Reality, 30th Annual Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK), Liverpool, United Kingdom, 5th - 8th April 2022
  • Hester, A.J.; Artz, R.; Blackstock, K.; Gimona, A.; Matthews, K.; Waylen, K. (2021) Delivering multiple benefits: informing land use decision-making, Keynote Presentation: Challenging our Upland Futures Symposium, 7-8 October 2021, Perth, UK.
  • Hare, M.P.; Gimona, A.; Polhill, J.G. (2020) Contingent diachronicity and biodiversity: lessons from an agent-based model simulating the impact of biodiversity offsetting policy in a complex socio-ecological system., 10th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Brussels, Belgium, 14-18 September 2020, Session B2/B3.
  • Poggio, L.; McLeod, J.; Castellazzi, M.; Compagnucci, A.; Gimona, A. (2018) Soil quality assessment in Scotland., 3rd Global Soil Security Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 4-6 December 2018.
  • Arrouays, D.; Minasny, B.; McBratney, A.B.; Grundy, M.; McKenzie, N.; Thompson, J.; Gimona, A.; Hong, S.Y.; Smith, S.; Hartemink, A.; Chen, S.; Martin, M.P.; Mulder, V.L.; Richer-de-Forges, A.C.; Odeh, I.; Padarian, J.; Lelyk, G.; Poggio, L.; Savin, I.; Stolbovoy, V.; Sulaeman, Y.; Nursyamsi, D.; Zhang, F.L.; Greve, M.H.; Libohova, Z.; Lagacherie, P.; Roudier, P.; Leenaars, J.G.B.; Heuvelink, G.B.M.; Montanarella, L.; Panagos, P.; Hempel, J. (2017) Globalsoilmap for soil organic carbon mapping and as a basis for global modeling., Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon, FAO HQ, Rome, Italy, 21-23 March 2017. Proceedings of the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon 2017.
  • Aalders, I.H.; Gimona, A.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Atrtell, J.; Wolff, A.; Vlahos, G.; Balalzs, K. (2015) How to evaluate the impact of RDPs on water and soil quality - methodological challenges in multi-scale and multilevel context with data gaps., Association of American Geographers, AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 21-25 April 2015.
  • Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Spezia, L.; Brewer, M. (2014) Example of Bayesian uncertainty for digital soil mapping., The 6th Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping, Digital Soil Mapping Across Paradigms, Scales and Boundaries, Nanjing, China, 11-14 November 2014.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Gimona, A. (2014) Using genetic algorithms to fit species and habitat parameters for modelling the effect of climate change on species distributions with stochastic patch occupancy models., 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software San Diego, California, USA, 15-19 June 2014.
  • Poggio, L.; Alessandro, G. (2013) 3D modelling with spatial uncertainty of soil carbon in Scottish soils, GlobalSoilMap Conference 2013, Orleans, France, 7-9 October 2013.
  • Lozada-Ellison, L.M.; Gimona, A. (2012) Cooperation and coordination for ecosystem services delivery., International Association of Landscape Ecology UK Conference, University of Edinburgh, 4-6 September 2012.
  • Castellazzi, M.S.; Brown, I.; Gimona, A.; Poggio, L. (2012) Exploring path-dependencies and spatial variability in landscape scale scenarios for ecosystem services assessments., International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs). Managing Resources of a Limited Planet, Sixth Biennial Meeting, Leipzig, Germany 1-5 July 2012, (eds. R. Spelt, A. A. Voinov, S. Lange, D. Bankamp).
  • Castellazzi, M.S.; Brown, I.; Poggio, L.; Gimona, A. (2012) Modelling land use change and its spatial variability for ecosystem services assessments., International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs). Managing Resources of a Limited Planet, Sixth Biennial Meeting, Leipzig, Germany 1-5 July 2012, (eds. R. Seppelt, A. A. Voinov, S. Lange, D. Bankamp).
  • Gimona, A.; Poggio, L.; Aalders, I.H.; Aitkenhead, M.J. (2012) The impacts of TER image compression on classification of synthetic PROBA-V images., 32nd EARSeL Symposium "Advances in Geosciences", Mykonos, Greece, May 2012.
  • Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Castellazzi, M.; Brown, I.; Miller, D. (2012) Spatio-temporal characterisation of ecosystem functions based on macro-habitats., 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs), Leipzig, Germany, 1-5 July 2012.
  • Lozada-Ellison, L.M.; Gimona, A.; Munoz-Rojas, J. (2012) From bottom to top and vice versa: Market-based and planning instruments to deliver environmental services., Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, USA, 24-28 February 2012.
  • Lozada-Ellison, L.M.; Gimona, A.; Munoz-Rojas, J. (2012) Synergies and conflicts in the use of planning and market-based instruments for the implementation of forest networks., Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, USA, 24-28 February 2012.
  • Munoz-Rojas, J.; Gimona, A.; Cortines-Garcia, F.; Gonzalez-Puente, M. (2012) Spatially addressing the potential conflicts and synergies on the cross-scale (and cross-level) management and planning of sustainable and multifunctional rural land-systems., Planet Under Pressure, London 2012, Excel, London, 25-29 March 2012. Governance across scales; innovative stewardship of the planet earth (In: Boyd, E. Folke, C. Adapting institutions: governance and complexity in social ecological systems).
  • Lozada-Ellison, L.M.; Gimona, A.; van der Horst, D.; Schwarz, G. (2012) Assessing the potential of adaptive co-management for ecosystem services delivery: the case of ecological networks in the Dee valley, Scotland, Agriculture and the Environment IX. Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economics and Management Interactions. Proceedings of the SAC and SEPA Biennial Conference 3-4 April 2012.
  • Brown, I.; Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Castellazzi, M.S. (2011) Land capability classification to plan for a changing climate., LQ2011 - Land Quality and Land Use Information, University of Pannonia, Keszthely, Hungary, 26-27 May 2011. Abstract.
  • Nijnik, M.; Gurung, A.B.; Soloviy, I.; Munoz-Rojas, J.; Gimona, A.; Niklova, M.; Miller, D.R.; Morris, S. (2010) Multi-functionality and sustainable future of forested mountain regions in Europe., International Workshop on Forestry Mountains and Multi-functionality, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, 1 October 2010.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Gimona, A.; Gotts, N.M. (2010) Analysis of incentive schemes for biodiversity using a coupled agent-based model of land use change and species metacommunity model., Modelling for Environment's Sake. International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 5-8 July 2010.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Jarvis, A.; Gimona, A.; Gotts, N.M. (2010) Adaptive control of landscape biodiversity., Modelling for Environment's Sake, International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 5-8 July, 2010.
  • Castellazzi, M.S.; Joannon, A.; Brown, I.; Gimona, A.; Poggio, L. (2010) Developing a nested-scale landscape modelling framework for ecosystem services., International Conference on Integrative Landscape Modelling (LANDMOD2010), Montpellier, France, 3-5 February 2010.
  • Gimona, A.; Poggio, L.; Castellazzi, M.S.; Brown, I. (2009) Vulnerability of forest habitat networks to direct and indirect climate impacts., In: Ecological Networks: Science and Practice (Catchpole R. et.al.). Proceedings of the IALE UK Conference, 16th, Edinburgh University, 1-3 September 2009.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Gimona, A.; Davies, B.; Gotts, N.M.; McCracken, D.; Catalan, A.; Dury, G.; Decorps, D. (2008) A model for exploring human-natural system interactions in the context of agricultural biodiversity., European Social Simulation Association Conference, 5th, Brescia, Italy, September 2008.
  • Gimona, A. (2008) Policy incentives, land managers strategies and source-sink dynamics. The formation of community patterns at the landscape scale., Landscape Patterns and Ecosystem Processes, 2008 US-IALE Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin, 6-10 April 2008.
  • Gimona, A.; Polhill, J.G.; Davies, B.; Catalan, A.; Dury, G.; Teil, A. (2007) A stylised model of the influence of land use decisions on landscape and biodiversity patterns formation., British Ecological Society General Meeting, University of Glasgow, 10-12 September 2007.
  • Gimona, A.; Geddes, A.; Elston, D.A. (1999) Scaling down of geographic data for Scottish agricultural landscapes., IALE World Congress, Symposium "Heterogeneity in Landscapes: The Problems of Scale and Hierarchy in Modelling and Regionalization". In Wiens, J. Proceedings of the IALE World Congress 1999, Snowmass, Colorado, USA.
  • Willems, G.P.A., Gimona, A. and Van der Horst, D. (1999) The potential biodiversity benefits of farm woodlands: policy evaluation at the landscape level using GIS and multi-criteria analysis., In: Wiens, J. Proceedings of the IALE World Congress 1999, Snowmass, Colorado, USA.
  • van der Horst, D., Gimona, A. and Willems, G.P.A. (1999) The role of farm woodlands in local biodiversity action plans., In: Heterogeneity in Landscape Ecology: Pattern and Scale. (Eds. M. Maudsley and E.J.P. Marshall ). Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK), IALE, Bristol.

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