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Dave Miller

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
GIS Specialist
dave.miller@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1224 395275

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Dave Miller is a GIS Specialist with 15+ years' experience in interdisciplinary research in support of a wide variety of research objectives for Scottish Government, EU, and other funding bodies (for example, SRUC, BNSC-FC). As part of the LADSS team within the Information and Computational Sciences Group, his background in advanced GIS Analysis principally applied to national spatial datasets has led him to support a large number of research projects, latterly focussing on the Scottish Government agricultural datasets (including IACS, JAC, DS) both in support of policy development and for landscape change analysis. He has participated in the teaching of a GIS and Remote Sensing module to undergraduate students from two degree courses at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Current research interests

Dave's principal role is as a GIS Specialist embedded within a multi-disciplinary team focusing on sustainable land use systems, climate change and agricultural policy issues. This has recently included spatial analysis of options for post-2015 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform and assessing the impacts of moving from historic entitlements to area-based payments using data from the Scottish Government Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) database and the Macaulay System of Land Classification for Agriculture (LCA) in collaboration with colleagues in Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS), Scottish Government.

He is currently involved in the Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 under Theme 2.4 (Rural Industries)

 

He has also been involved in a number of projects under two centres of expertise: the ClimateXChange Centre of Expertise and the Centre of Expertise for Water (CREW).

He has also participated in the design and teaching of an undergraduate module in GIS and Remote Sensing to students in Countryside Management and Sustainable Environmental Management at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Craibstone.

In past years he has also participated in contract work for the European Commission on sustainability issues which has included the EU FP7 funded SMILE project and the EU/Interreg IVB funded Aquarius project.

His past experience of DGPS survey techniques has previously led him to work on a range of other projects including soil survey, plant mapping, and tree-height survey for funding bodies including the British National Space Centre and the Forestry Commission.

He has also applied spatial modelling and geostatistical techniques to a number of diverse applications ranging from the mapping of soil properties to proxy methods for calculating solar radiation and has been involved in supporting the development of agro-meteorological indicators for the UKCIP19 climate change scenarios. An update to this work is currently underway in Work Package 2.4 of the Strategic Research Programme.

Bibliography

  • Viglia, S.; Matthews, K.B.; Ulgiati, S.; Rivington, M.; Miller, D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D. (2014) The social metabolism of Scotland: Assessing changes in the performance of Scotland's economy using bio-economic methods., Report for Scottish Government, 24 October 2014, 69p.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Buchan, K. (2012) Stocking rates of Land Capability for Agriculture classes: estimating the stocking rate characteristics of groupings of Macaulay Land Capability for Agriculture classes in the regions of Scotland., Report for Scottish Government and Woodland Expansion Advisory Group, Policy, 38pp, 26 January 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2012) Redistributing single farm payment: options and consequences., A Bright Future for Scottish Agriculture after CAP reform? A Joint SAC and James Hutton Institute Conference, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh. 24 February 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2012) The Pack Inquiry and beyond: evaluating the consequences for the distribution of Single Farm Payment of alternative area-based scenarios., Direct Payments in the CAP towards 2020: Do we need more flexibility for implementation at Member States level to address the new challenges? An exchange of views, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia, 44 Rue du Commerce, Brussels. 28 February 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Blackstock, K.L.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G.; Rivington, M. (2011) Evaluating the outputs opf the SMILE project., Workshop with CNPA Staff, Grantown-on-Spey, 18 July 2011.
  • Matthews, K.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D. (2011) Modelling scenarios for CAP Pillar 1 area payments using the Macaulay Land Capability for Agriculture and less favoured area designations., Meeting with Prof Yoshi Oyama, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 12 December 2011.
  • Matthews, K.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D. (2011) Modelling Scenarios for CAP Pillar 1 Area Payments using the Macaulay Land Capability for Agriculture and Less Favoured Area Designations., Meeting with NFUS and DG-Agri on Future CAP, Rural Policy Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, 2 May 2011.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Buchan, K. (2011) Future CAP payments: estimating the area potentially eligible for single farm payment., Report for Scottish Government, 18pp, 20 December 2011.

  • Matthews, K.; Blackstock, K.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Miller, D.; Tavana, M.; Thomson, S.; Moxey, A.; Nielson, R.; Baggaley, N.; Loades, K.; Paterson, E.; Pakeman, R.; Hawes, C.; Stockan, J.; Stutter, M.; Addy, S.; Wilkinson, M. (2023) Cross-scale analysis of social-ecological systems: Policy options appraisal for delivering NetZero and other environmental objectives in Scotland, In: Vaze, J., Chilcott, C., Hutley, L. and Cuddy, S.M. (eds.) MODSIM2023, 25th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, 9-14 July 2023, Darwin, NT, Australia, 7pp
  • Creaney, R.; Blackstock, K.; Flanigan, S.; Miller, D.; Matthews, K. (2022) Engaging young people in mountain areas and value chains, ODT Forum 2022, 19-21 October 2022, Jura, Switzerland.
  • Creaney, R.; Blackstock, K.; Flanigan, S.; Hopkins, J.; Miller, D.; Matthews, K. (2022) Idealising the Rural: The Role of Scottish Mountains in Promoting the Scottish Whisky Brand, Rural Imaginations Conference, 24-26 August 2022, Amsterdam.
  • Flanigan, S.; Blackstock, K.; Creaney, R.; Hopkins, J.; Matthews, K.; Miller, D. (2022) Assembling whisky production and consumption for rural resilinece A value chains case study in Speyside, Scotland, ODT Forum, 19-21 October 2022, Jura, Switzerland
  • Flanigan, S.; Blackstock, K.; Creaney, R.; Hopkins, J.; Matthews, K.; Miller, D. (2022) Assembling whisky production and consumption for rural resilience A value chains case study in Speyside, Scotland, ESRS Scottish Satellite Event, 20-23 June 2022, Birnam
  • Matthews, K.B.; Blackstock, K.L.; Waylen, K.A.; Juarez-Bourke, A.; Rivington, M.; Miller, D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Cabello Villarejo, V.; Kovacic, Z.; Renner, A.; Ripa, M.; Giampietro, M. (2019) Using deliberative societal metabolism analysis to analyse CAP’s delivery of EU sustainability and climate change objectives., 172nd EAAE Seminar, Agricultural Policy for the Environment or Environmental Policy for Agriculture? Brussels, 28-29 May 2019. (Paper)
  • Matthews, K.B.; Blackstock, K.L.; Rivington, M.; Waylen, K.A.; Miller, D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Kovacic, Z.; Renner, A.; Ripa, M.; Giampietro, M. (2017) Delivering more than the "Sum of the Parts": using Quantitative Storytelling to address the challenges of conducting science for policy in the EU land, water and energy nexus., 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2017), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 3-8 December 2017, Keynote Presentation for Stream - Participatory Decision Making and Modelling Social Systems, Session K7 Evaluating the incorporation of science and other forms of knowledge in decision making and practice, pp15-21.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller. D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D. (2013) Supporting agricultural policy - the role of scientists and analysts in managing political risk., Proceedings of the 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2013) Adapting to Change: The Multiple Roles of Modelling. Adelaide, South Australia, 1-6 December 2013.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Blackstock, K.L.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G.; Rivington, M. (2011) "Walking in other's shoes" - experiences of using the DECOIN tools to characterise sustainability trade-offs in Scotland and the Cairngorms National Park., SMILE Final Conference, Trends and Future of Sustainable Development, Tampere, Finland, 9-10 June 2011.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.; Dinnie, E.; Rivington, M. (2011) Supporting sustainable development: Using the SMILE toolkit with stakeholders in Scotland., Paper presented to Future Trends for Sustainable Development Conference, Tampere, Finland, 9-10 June 2011.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Blackstock, K.L.; Langan, S.J.; Rivington, M.; Miller, D.G.; Buchan, K. (2010) Farmers as water managers in a changing climate - can we turn sustainability research into outcomes?, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), 2010 International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Modelling for Environment's Sake, Fifth Biennial Meeting, Ottawa, Canada, (eds. D.A. Swayne, W. Yang, A. A. Voinov, A. Rizzoli, and T. Filatova)
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Matthews, K.M.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G.; Aspinall, R.J.; Rivington, M. (2009) Necessary but not sufficient: Tools for analysing multi-scale integrated eco-social systems., World IMACS / MODSIM Congress, 18th, Cairns, Australia, 13-17 July 2009.
  • Rivington, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2009) The need for better science-stakeholder relations in policy and practice: agro-meteorological metrics as tools for communication and strategic planning., International Association of Research Universities Climate Change Congress: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions, Copenhagen 10-12 March 2009. Session 37, P37.32.
  • Rivington, M.; Matthews, K.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G.; Russell, G. (2009) Investigating climate change impacts and adaptation options using integrated assessment methods., Integrated Agricultural Systems: Methodologies, Modelling and Measuring. AAB/AES/BSAS Conference, SAC Edinburgh, 2-4 June 2009.
  • Rivington, M.; Bellocchi, G.; Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2008) Using agro-meteorological metrics to communicate climate change impacts to land managers., Congress of the European Society of Agronomy, 10th, Bologna, Italy, 15-19 September 2008.
  • Bellocchi, G.; Rivington, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2007) Characterizing climate change scenarios with agri-meteorological indicators for farm adaptation planning: case-study in Central Italy., Farm Systems Design 2007, an International Symposium on Methodologies for Integrated Analysis of Farm Production Systems, Catania, Sicily, Italy, 10-12 September 2007.
  • Rivington, M.; Bellocchi, G.; Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2007) Agro-meteorological metrics to communicate climate change impacts to land managers., Farm Systems Design 2007, an international Symposium on Methodologies for Integrated Analysis of Farm Production Systems, Catania, Sicily, Italy, 10-12 September 2007.
  • Rivington, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2006) An integrated assessment approach to investigate options for mitigation and adaptation to climate change at the farm-scale., Proceedings of NJF Seminar 380: Adaptation of crops and cropping systems to climate change. Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists., Odeense, Denmark, 7-8 November 2005.
  • Lumsdon, P.; Cloude, S.; Miller, D.G.; Matthews, K.B. (2005) The 3D visualisation of land-cover in Glen Affric, Scotland, using polarimetric interferometric applications., CEOS SAR Workshop, The University of Adelaide, Australia, 27-30 September 2005.

  • Barlagne, C.; Calo, A.; Holstead, K.; Hopkins, J.; Sutherland, L-A.; Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.; Wardell-Johnson, D.; Barnes, A.; McMillan, J.; Spencer, M.; Thomson, S.; Toma, L. (2020) Farm Intentions Survey: Outputs and ongoing research from our work on rural industries., Key Rural Industries - WP2.4, End of Year Workshop, Saughton House, Edinburgh, 12 March 2020. (Poster and discussions with Scottish Government stakeholders).
  • Matthews, K.B.; Rivington, M.; Blackstock, K.L.; Waylen, K.A.; Miller, D.G.; Wardell-Johnson, D. (2016) MAGIC - Moving towards adaptive governance in complexity: Informing Nexus security., 39th Macaulay Lecture, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 13 October 2016.
  • Cammarano, D.; Rivington, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Bellocchi, G. (2016) Implications of climate model biases and downscaling on crop model simulated climate change impacts., International Crop Modelling Symposium, IcropM 2016, Berlin, Germany, 15-17 March 2016.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2012) Analysis of the Pack Inquiry Final Report Recommendations., A Bright Future for Scottish Agriculture after CAP reform? A Joint SAC and James Hutton Institute Conference, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, 24 February 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2012) The spatial distribution of stocking rates across Scotland. February, A Bright Future for Scottish Agriculture after CAP reform? A Joint SAC and James Hutton Institute Conference, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, 24 February 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2012) The Macaulay Land Capability for Agriculture (LCA) Classification., A Bright Future for Scottish Agriculture after CAP reform? A Joint SAC and James Hutton Institute Conference, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, 24 February 2012.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Buchan, K. (2008) Changes in land use in Scotland:an analysis using SIACS (2000-2004)., New Rotations Design (NeRD) Workshop, SAC, Edinburgh, 29 September 2008. (Poster)
  • Rivington, M.; Bellocchi, G.; Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2008) Agro-meteorological metrics to communicate climate change impacts to land managers., Association of Applied Biologists: Effects of Climate Change on Plants: Implications for Agriculture. Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, 12 November 2008.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Rivington, M.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G.; Bellocchi, G. (2008) Communicating the agro-meteorological implications of climate change scenarios to land management stakeholders., IWAM Workshop - Agriculture, Water Management and Climate Change, MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel, Bath, UK, 4-6 March 2008.
  • Rivington, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Buchan, K.; Bellocchi, G. (2008) Climate model downscaling and uncertainty implications for modelling., Climate Change: Scenarios, Impacts and Adaptation? British Hydrological Society, Centre for Life, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 20 February 2008.
  • Rivington, M.; Bellocchi, G.; Matthews, K.B.; Buchan, K.; Miller, D.G. (2008) Using agro-meteorological metrics to communicate climate change impacts to land managers., Climate Change: Scenarios, Impacts and Adaptation? British Hydrological Society, Centre for Life, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 20 February 2008.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.R.; Gelan, A.; Messager, P.; Schwarz, G.; Rivington, M.; Buchan, K.; Miller D.G. (2006) Integrated approaches to analysing policy and environmental change., OECD Conference, Edinburgh, 19-20 October 2006. (Poster)

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