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Kit Macleod

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Senior Catchment Modeller
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Current research interests

My research focus is on land and water resource systems, using data science, data engineering, and participatory technologies to improve our understanding of their functioning, use and management under environmental change.


  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Ferrier, R.C. (2011) Temperate grasslands in catchment systems: the role of scale, connectivity and thresholds in the provision and regulation of water quality and quantity., In: Lemaire, G. & Chabbi, A. (eds.). Grassland Productivity and Ecosystem Services. CAB International, Wallingford, Chapter 24, 229-238. ISBN: 9781845938093
  • Turner, L.; Macleod, K.; Watts, C.; Whalley, R.; Binley, A.; Papadopoulos, T.; O'Donovan, S.; Haygarth, P.; King, J.; Humphreys, M.W. (2010) Dissecting Festulolium chromosome 3 to locate rooting and drought resistance traits., In: Hughe, C. (ed.). Sustainable Use of Genetic Diversity in Forage and Turf Breeding. Springer, The Netherlands, pp471-478.

  • Donnelly, D.; Macleod, C.J.A.; Ibiyemi, A. (2021) Natural Asset Register: Data portal project report., Available from James Hutton Institute webpage.
  • Macleod, K.; Donnelly, D.; Miller, D.R. (2020) An introduction to web mapping with vector tiles and reflections on improving the sharing and reuse of the James Hutton Institute’s geospatial data., Report on James Hutton Institute Website, 18pp.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Calo, A.; Currie, M.; Dinnie, L.; Eastwood, A.; MacLeod, K.; Matthews, K.B.; McKee, A.; Miller, D.R.; Nijnik, M.; Sutherland, L.A.; Waylen, K.A. (2020) Issues arising from SLC’s Interim Report on Regional Land Use Partnerships - Evidence from the Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021., Scottish Land Commission, Advice to Scottish Government on Regional Land Use Partnership, Appendix 3, 33pp.
  • 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.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2018) Technical report D7: Overview of web mapping technologies and vector tile data for an outcome-based web application., Technical Report for RESAS deliverable, The James Hutton Institute, 20pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2018) Technical report: progress with developing an outcome-based web application., RESAS Technical Report (D3.6), 18pp.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Donnelly, D. (2018) Development of a natural asset register data portal: access consultation report., Report to RESAS Strategic Research Programme, 1.4.1a (O1.4.1ai Di Consultation Report), 18pp.
  • Brooker, R.; Paterson E.; Glendell, M.; Ellis, C.; Eastwood, A.; Fraser, F.; Wilkinson, M.; Skuce, P.; Macleod, C.; Carvalho, L.; Fischer, A.; Comerford, D.; Holland, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; McVittie, A. (2017) Report on natural assets theme science day, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2 October 2017., Theme 1 Web pages, 6pp.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Van Hulst, F.; MacLeod, C.J.A.; Waylen, K.A. (2017) Monitoring and Evaluation for Ecosystem Management (MEEM) - Comparing theory and documented practice across Europe., Technical Report for Project, November 2017, 96pp.
  • 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.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Hewitt, R. (2017) Summary of research on developing a more integrated approach to land and water management using incentives and regulations for the delivery of multiple benefits: exploring national and regional level stakeholder views and needs., RESAS Research Deliverable.
  • Donnelly, D.; Macleod, C.J.A.; Ibiyemi, A. (2017) Review of existing natural asset registers and literature., Contract Report for RESAS.
  • 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.
  • Macleod, C.J.A. (2016) How can logic modelling improve the planning, monitoring and evaluation of policy measures and wider interventions for multiple benefits?, Report to RESAS deliverable D3:1.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Miller, D.G.; Towers, W.; Squire, G.R.; Hawes, C.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Owen, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.J.A. (2016) CAP Greening Review, Summary., Scottish Government and The James Hutton Institute Website.
  • Squire, G.R.; Hawes, C.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.; Brown, I.; Towers, W.; Owen, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.J.A. (2016) CAP Greening Review, Part 4, Expert Panel Review. Views of members of the expert panel on CAP Greening., Scottish Government and The James Hutton Institute Websites.
  • Aitkenhead, M.J.; Black, H.I.J.; Squire, G.; McLeod, K.; Hastings, E.; Troldborg, M.; Aalders, I.H.; Towers, W.; Lilly, A.; Brown, I.; Coull, M.C.; Castellazzi, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Baggaley, N.J. (2016) A review of ecosystem service mapping within Scottish Government RESAS-funded research., Report for Scottish Government.
  • Morris, S.; Prager, K.; MacLeod, K. (2015) Working together for better outcomes: learning from different perspectives to improve delivery of solutions to land and natural resource challenges., Briefing Note from Meeting, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh, 26-27 March 2015.
  • Prager, K.; Morris, S.; MacLeod, K.; Currie, M. (2015) Exploring Interdisciplinarity - summary report of DICE at the James Hutton Institute., The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, March 2015, 88pp.
  • Morris, S.; MacLeod, K.; Prager, K.; Currie, M.; Holmes, B.; Waylen, K.A. (2015) Theory and practice of interdisciplinary team based research for understanding socio-ecological systems: review of literature., Report on internal website, March 2014.
  • Akoumianaki, I.; Macleod, C.J.A.; McCreadie, B.; Ibiyemi, A.; Crothers, D.; Forbes, H.; Garft, D.; Field, S.; MacDonald, J. (2014) Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020: Recommendations for targeting support to deliver maximum benefit for the water environment., Crew Report, J203019.
  • Miller, D.G.; Matthews, K.B.; Towers, W.; Pakeman, R.J.; Brooker, R.J.; Squire, G.; Hawes, C.; Vinten, A.J.A.; MacLeod, C.; Owen, J.; Wardell-Johnson, D.H. (2014) CAP Greening Review - Expert panel - Interim results., Technical Report for Policy.
  • Aitkenhead, M.J.; Black, H.I.J.; Squire, G.; McLeod, K.; Hastings, E.; Troldborg, M.; Aalders, I.; Towers, W.; Lilly, A.; Poggio, L.; Gimona, A.; Brown, I.; Castellazzi, M.; Matthews, K.B.; Baggaley, N.J. (2014) A review of ecosystem service mapping within Scottish Government RESAS funded research., Report for Scottish Government.
  • Waylen, K.A.; Eastwood, A.; Banks, E.; Black, H.I.J.; Brown, I.; Brooker, R.; Coull, M.C.; Irvine, R.J.; Kyle, C.; Macleod, K.; McVittie, A. (2012) Integrated frameworks to support the ecosystem approach., EAWG3 Workshop Report.
  • Jackson-Blake, L.A.; Macleod, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Kenyon, W. (2012) Impacts of climate change on water quantity and quality in the North Sea Region., Report to Interreg IVB on WaterCAP WP3, Activity 1.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Oliver, D.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Christen, B.; Jackson-Blake, L.; Macleod, C. (2011) CREW-DP report on workshop on strategies to assess effectiveness of diffuse pollution mitigation policy in Scotland., CREW-DP Workshop Final Report, The James Hutton Institute, 3-4 November 2011.
  • Jackson-Blake, L.; Kenyon,W.; Macleod, K.; Matthews, K.B.; Stutter, M. (2011) Policy brief on water management: how to find win-win solutions., Policy Briefs for preliminary contact with DG staff in Brussels prior to interviewing.

  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Irvine, K.N.; Currie, M.; Munoz-Rojas, J.; Morris, S.; Falloon, P.; Fox, T.A.; Matthews, R.; Birch, A.N.E.; Craig, T.; Goulding, K.; Shamal, S.A.M. (2015) Systems thinking in human-environment science: synthesis of research, policy and perspectives on using and improving existing collaborative working approaches across the water, energy, food and environment nexus., Center for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) Symposium, University of Dundee, February 2015.
  • Freer, J.E.; Clark, M.P.; Odoni, N.A.; Coxon, G.; McMillan, H.K.; Souvigent, M.; Cloke, H.L.; Wetterhall, F.; Pappenberger, F.; Bloomfield, J.; Johnes, P.; Macleod, K.; Reaney, S.M.; Greene, S. (2012) Understanding the main uncertainties in hydrological impact ensembles of regional climate models predictions for large catchments in the UK., In: C32B. Diagnosing modelling deficiencies and the recent advances in monitoring, measuring and modelling snow processes. American Geophysical Union 45th Annual Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 3-7 December 2012.
  • Puttock, A.; Brazier, R.E.; Dungait, J.A.J.; Bol, R.; Macleod, C.J.A. (2012) Developing an understanding of vegetation change and fluvial carbon fluxes in semi-arid environments., EGU2012-366. SSS8.1 Ecology and Erosion. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012, Vienna, Austria, 22-27 April 2012.
  • Macleod, C.J.A. (2012) A catchment scientist’s view and experience of management, political and social science methods to support good practice in stakeholder involvement in managing catchment change., Catchment Change Network International Conference. Stakeholders, Next Generation Models and Risk in Managing Catchment Change, Lancaster UK, 25-27 June 2012.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Jorda, D.; Vinten, A.J.A. (2012) Supporting an ecosystem service approach at the local/catchment scale, valuing ecosystems: policy, economics and management interactions., Joint SAC/SEPA Biennial Conference in association with Forest Research, The James Hutton Institute and Scottish Natural Heritage "Agriculture and the Environment IX: Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions", Edinburgh, 3-4 April 2012.
  • Emmett, B.; Macleod, C.J.A.; EVO Science Team. (2011) The Environmental Virtual Observatory: A new vision for catchment science., Catchment Science 2011, Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland, 14-16 September 2011.
  • Krueger, K.; Freer, J.; Quinton, J.; Macleod, C.J.A. (2011) Using spatial flux measurements to diagnose model structural errors under data uncertainty., In: HS1.6. Metrics and the use of data in hydrology to support model structure improvement. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, Vienna, Austria, 3-8 April 2011.
  • Macleod, C.J.A. (2011) Spanning policy, operational and research boundaries for catchment managing., European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, Vienna, Austria, 3-8 April 2011.
  • Macleod, C.J.A.; Black, H.I.J.; Brown, K.; Blackstock, K.L.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Holmes, B.; Langan, S.J.; Marshall, K.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Munoz-Rojas, J.; Morris, S.; Prager, K.; Rivington, M.; Waylen, K.; Vinten, A.J.A.; Gordon, I.J. (2011) What is required for greater levels of interdisciplinary science in a research institute?, 6th International Conference on Environmental Future: Interdisciplinary Progress in Environmental Science and Management, Newcastle, UK, 18-22 July 2011.

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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.