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Alessandro Gimona

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Landscape Ecologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

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