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Margaret McKeen

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Research Assistant
margaret.mckeen@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Margaret McKeen has an MSc in Environmental Protection & Management from Edinburgh University. She has developed her skills and experience in GIS applications over more than 24 years spatial manipulating and analysing data, (22 years of which within the institute), mainly with ESRI GIS software, particularly using ModelBuilder and latterly scripting, using Python and R. She also has 15 years experience in working on renewable energy projects using various software, mainly within ESRI GIS software and Windfarm software, to run visibility analysis for proposed renewable projects and produces high quality graphics, mainly for wind power and contributing to environmental statements for windfarm planning submissions and consultations by SNH on visualisation techniques in wind farm development. Margaret has also more recently become involved in applying GIS to forensic cases in the UK and abroad. She has experience of working with, and negotiating with commercial clients, unitary authorities, academic and government agency and Scottish Government clients. Margaret works with colleagues applying GIS techniques across all of areas research across the institute and occasionally tutoring colleagues who request help with GIS and occasionally advising on licensing and copyright issues. Margaret enjoys the Knowledge Exchange, (KE) side of her work having produced everything from photomontages for planning application, to coordinating and collating materials for conferences and exhibitions, (e.g. All Energy) to producing materials such as colour by soil character maps for public open days and school visits.

Current research interests

Within the environment of the Institute she frequently handles, manipulates and analyses national datasets, such as MLURI archive soils data and Land Cover of Scotland datasets and OS datasets such as MasterMapTM across a range of research themes. She provides GIS support for colleagues from all areas of the research programs, for both internal and external projects. Margaret is also active in supporting GIS applications used on the institute farms, mainly Glensaugh Farm, and providing maps and data for renewable energy projects on the institute sites.

At present Margaret provides GIS support to three of the work packages from 2016 - 2021 Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment (RAFE) Strategic Research Programme:

She is also provides GIS support and analysis for Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), European Union H2020 and provides GIS and analysis for forensic projects throughout the UK and Europe, providing collation of data and building GIS applications to allow mapping of the data collated.

Past research

Margaret for many years acted as publications and data licensing officer gaining experience in communicating and negotiating with external clients and an understanding of copyright and licensing issues, frequently advising colleagues and clients, and collaborating with the Institute data manager on such issues.

She has also contributed to research which has fed into visualisation for planning guidelines for windfarm development for The Highland Council and contributed to the SNH consultations regarding the revision of their LVIA guidelines. She has worked with Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) on a project to build a Scottish Digital River Network from existing local authority and Scottish Water culvert data and OS MasterMapTM Water features and to feed into subsequent OS MasterMap Water Network LayerTM releases. She has also worked with ClimateXChange (CXC) on projects looking at influences on the effects of climate change, such as the increase in impermeable surfaces across Scotland and has worked on various projects and contracts for Scottish Government over the years over and above the work included in the Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Strategic Research Programme.

Bibliography

  • Hewitt, R.J.; Bradley, N.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Barlagne, C.; Ceglarz, A.; Cremades, R.; McKeen, M.; Otto, I.M.; Slee, B. (2019) Social innovation in community energy in Europe: a review of the evidence., Frontiers in Energy Research: Energy Systems and Policy, 7, Article No. 31.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; McKeen, M. (2019) Within country targeting of agri-environment funding: a test of different methods., Global Ecology and Conservation, 17, Article No. e00574.
  • Miller, D.R.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Wang, C.; McKeen, M. (2017) Aquaculture spatial planning tool factsheet: seascape visibility analysis., Factsheets on Tool Selection and Guidance for Users and Practitioners; Project Report for Aquaspace, Milestone 20.
  • Price, M.; Miller, D.R.; McKeen, M.; Slee, W.; Nijnik, M. (2017) Categorisation of marginalised rural areas (MRAs)., Deliverable 3.1, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), Report to the European Commission, James Hutton Institute, pp57.
  • Miller, D.R.; Dawson, L.A.; Morrice, J.; McKeen, M.; Donnelly, D. (2016) Report on prototype spatial geoforensic database., EU Project MiSAFE, Deliverable 5.8, Report to the European Commission, EU FP7 MISAFE Project, 313149.
  • Miller, D.R.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Wang, C.; McKeen, M. (2016) Use of 3D visualisation technology for wind farms and other development proposals - update., Interim Contract Report to Scottish Government.
  • Miller, D.R.; Morrice, J.; McKeen, M.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Wang, C.; Munoz-Rojas, J. (2016) Use of digital and 3D technology in planning: research report., Final Report for Scottish Government, pp109.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Bell, J.; Brown, I.; Donnelly, D.; McKeen, M.; Miller, D.G.; Towers, W. (2013) Future CAP payments: considerations for the use of the Land Capability for Agriculture Classification and Maps as a basis for the regionalisation of the Basic Payment Scheme., Internal Report for the James Hutton Institute Management, 12 June 2013.
  • McKeen, M.; Miller, D.R.; Horne, P.; Morrice, J. (2012) Analysis and graphics for the Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment for Mynydd y Gwynt Windfarm Environmental Statement., Submission to ADAS and Mynydd y Gwynt Ltd. As part of the LVIA Chapter for inclusion in Mynydd y Gwynt Windfarm Environmental Statement and Planning Proposal.
  • Miller D.R.; Horne P.; McKeen M.; Riley D.; Cuthbert A.; Slee B.; Towers, W.; Donald W.; Alexander I. (2012) All Energy 2012., Submission to ADAS and Mynydd y Gwynt Ltd. As part of the LVIA Chapter for inclusion in Mynydd y Gwynt Windfarm Environmental Statement and Planning Proposal.
  • McKeen, M.M.; Miller, D.R.; Morrice, J.G. (2011) Shadow flicker analysis for Mullacott Cross Industrial Estate wind turbine proposal for sites between 10 rotor diameters and 1km from the proposed turbine location., Report to Philip Dennis Food Services Ltd. Providing additional infromation supporting previous report regarding shadow flicker for the proposdal of a wind turbine at Mullacott Cross Industrial Estate.
  • Miller, D.R.; Bell, S.; McKeen, M.; Horne, P.L.; Morrice, J.G. (2009) Landscape assessment of the capacity for wind turbine development in Highland., Final Report for Highland Council, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, July 2009, pp129.
  • Booth, P.D.; Langan, S.; Towers, W.; Jones, M.; McKeen, M. (2008) Tay Western Catchments Project: Land use, geology and water quality report., Scottish Native Woods.
  • Schwarz, G.; Wilson, R. M.; Swales, V.; Burton, R.; Wright, I. A.; Gilbert, A.; McLeod, J.; McKeen, M. (2007) Appraisal of options for the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme in Scotland post 2010., Agricultural Sciences (Zems ukio mokslai), No. 14, 99-107.
  • Nolan, A.J.; McKeen, M. (2007) Soil and peat depth and peat landslide hazard risk assessment - Spittal Hill proposed wind farm, Caithness., Spittal Hill Wind Farm Ltd.
  • Ball, J.S.; Cummins, R.P.; McKeen, M.; Lilly, A. (2006) A borders wetland vision: development of a strategic planning tool for wetland biodiversity conservation., Report to the Scottish Borders Council.
  • Wright, I.A.; Birnie, R.V.B.; Malcolm, A.; Towers, W.; McKeen, M. (2006) The potential use of the Land Capability for Agriculture Classification for determining support to disadvantaged areas of Scotland., The Macaulay Institute, May 2006.
  • Malcolm, A.; McKeen, M.; Towers, W. (2005) An assessment of the suitability of various available spatial datasets for providing information on agricultural land values in Scotland., Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department. Contract No. MLU/945/04(extension), May 2005.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Malcolm, A.; McKeen, M. (2005) Rapid assessment of grazing and trampling impacts on upland habitats for the East Loch Ericht Deer Management Group Area., FPD Savills, Perth (on behalf of East Loch Ericht DMG).
  • Lilly, A.; Malcolm, A.; Reid, D.C.; McGaw, A.; Montgomery, L.J.; McKeen, M.M. (2003) A rationale for the development of a groundwater quality monitoring network for Scotland., Scottish Geographical Journal, 119, 25-38.
  • Gauld, J.H.; Bell, J.S.; McKeen, M.M.; Bruneau, P.M.C. (2003) Soils and nature conservation: an inventory of selected natural heritage futures areas., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. F00AC101.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S., McKeen, M.M. and Bruneau, P.M.C. (2002) Soils and nature conservation: an invenoty of selected natural heritage futures areas., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No 019 (ROAME No. F00AC101)
  • Nolan, A.J.; Waterhouse, E.C.; Hewison, R.L.; Henderson, D.J.; McKeen, M. (2002) Rapid assessment of grazing and trampling impacts on upland habitats for the North Ross Deer Management Group Area., Contract Report for the North Ross Deer Management Group.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Stolte, A.M.; Hewison, R.L.; McKeen, M. (2002) Moorland condition assessment survey - Mar Lodge Estate., National Trust for Scotland.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2002) Soils: their distribution, characteristics and importance for nature conservation: Natural Heritage Zone 16, Eastern Lowlands., Report for Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2002) Soils: their distribution, characteristics and importance for nature conservation: Natural Heritage Zone 11, Cairngorm massif., Report for Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2002) Soils: their distribution, characteristics and importance for nature conservation.Natural heritage Zxone 20, Border Hills., Report for Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2002) Soils: their distribution, characteristics and importance for nature conservation: Natural Heritage Zone 14, Argyll West and islands., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Towers, W.; Lilly, A.; McKeen, M.; Malcolm, A. (2002) Mapping potential land supply for housing in Scotland., A report for Communities Scotland, Macaulay Research Consultancy Services, November 2002.
  • Milne, J.A.; Pakeman, R.J.; Waterhouse, C.; McKeen, M. (2002) Langholm - Newcastleton Hills SSSI. Moorland restoration plan., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage. Macaulay Research Consultancy Services, Aberdeen, April 2002.
  • Towers, W.; McKeen, M.; Hester, A.J.; Malcolm, A.; Ray, D.; Quinne, C.P.; Gray, H.; Stone, D. (2001) Comparison of outputs from the Ecological Site Classification (ESC) and the Native Woodland Model (NWM)., Contract Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Miller, D.R.; Robertson, R.A.; Gauld, J.; Morrice, J.G.; McKeen, M. (2001) Northern Periphery Programme: after-use of peatlands, progress report - September 2000 to April 2001., European Union / Project Co-ordinator: Northern Periphery Programme.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2001) Soils: their distribution, characteristics and importance for nature conservation. SNH Natural Heritage Zone 21: Moray Firth., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2001) Soils: their distribution, characteristics and importance for nature conservation. SNH Natural Heritage Zone 2: Pentland and Orkney., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2001) Soils: their distribution, characteristics and importance for nature conservation. SNH Natural Heritage Zone 4: N.W. Seaboard., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Miller, D.; Morrice, J.G.; Horne, P.L.; McKeen, M. (2001) An assessment of the cumulative visual impact of four wind turbine generating stations at Nynydd Clogar, Cum Llwyd, Nant Carfon and an extension to Penrhyddlan and Llidiartyuvaun., Welsh Assembly.
  • Britton, A.J.; Gordon, I.J.; Hester, A.J.; Robertson, E.; McKeen, M.; Common, G.; Palmer, S.C.F.; Marquiss, M. (2000) A grazing plan for Isle of Rum National Nature Reserve., Contract Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Waterhouse, E.C.; Chalmers, N.A.; Ross, I.; Towers, W.; Bullough, D.; Gordon, I.J.; Hester, A.J.; Milne, J.A.; McKeen, M.; Malcolm, A. (2000) Invercauld Estate Audit., A Final Report for Invercauld Estate, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Cairngorms Partnership and Grampian Enterprise, June 2000.
  • Miller, D.R., Robertson, R.A., Bell, J., McKeen, M. (2000) Resource survey of Drumbreckmoss., Report for William Sinclair (Horticulture) Ltd.
  • Lilly, A., Malcolm, A., Reid, D.C., McGaw, B.A., Montgomery, L.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2000) A groundwater monitoring network for Scotland: supplementary report on identification of potential sample sites., SEPA.

  • Miller, D.R.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Wang, C.; McKeen, M. (2017) Aquaculture spatial planning tool factsheet: seascape visibility analysis., Factsheets on Tool Selection and Guidance for Users and Practitioners; Project Report for Aquaspace, Milestone 20.
  • Price, M.; Miller, D.R.; McKeen, M.; Slee, W.; Nijnik, M. (2017) Categorisation of marginalised rural areas (MRAs)., Deliverable 3.1, Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA), Report to the European Commission, James Hutton Institute, pp57.
  • Miller, D.R.; Dawson, L.A.; Morrice, J.; McKeen, M.; Donnelly, D. (2016) Report on prototype spatial geoforensic database., EU Project MiSAFE, Deliverable 5.8, Report to the European Commission, EU FP7 MISAFE Project, 313149.
  • Miller, D.R.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Wang, C.; McKeen, M. (2016) Use of 3D visualisation technology for wind farms and other development proposals - update., Interim Contract Report to Scottish Government.
  • Miller, D.R.; Morrice, J.; McKeen, M.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; Wang, C.; Munoz-Rojas, J. (2016) Use of digital and 3D technology in planning: research report., Final Report for Scottish Government, pp109.
  • Matthews, K.B.; Bell, J.; Brown, I.; Donnelly, D.; McKeen, M.; Miller, D.G.; Towers, W. (2013) Future CAP payments: considerations for the use of the Land Capability for Agriculture Classification and Maps as a basis for the regionalisation of the Basic Payment Scheme., Internal Report for the James Hutton Institute Management, 12 June 2013.
  • McKeen, M.; Miller, D.R.; Horne, P.; Morrice, J. (2012) Analysis and graphics for the Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment for Mynydd y Gwynt Windfarm Environmental Statement., Submission to ADAS and Mynydd y Gwynt Ltd. As part of the LVIA Chapter for inclusion in Mynydd y Gwynt Windfarm Environmental Statement and Planning Proposal.
  • Miller D.R.; Horne P.; McKeen M.; Riley D.; Cuthbert A.; Slee B.; Towers, W.; Donald W.; Alexander I. (2012) All Energy 2012., Submission to ADAS and Mynydd y Gwynt Ltd. As part of the LVIA Chapter for inclusion in Mynydd y Gwynt Windfarm Environmental Statement and Planning Proposal.
  • McKeen, M.M.; Miller, D.R.; Morrice, J.G. (2011) Shadow flicker analysis for Mullacott Cross Industrial Estate wind turbine proposal for sites between 10 rotor diameters and 1km from the proposed turbine location., Report to Philip Dennis Food Services Ltd. Providing additional infromation supporting previous report regarding shadow flicker for the proposdal of a wind turbine at Mullacott Cross Industrial Estate.
  • Miller, D.R.; Bell, S.; McKeen, M.; Horne, P.L.; Morrice, J.G. (2009) Landscape assessment of the capacity for wind turbine development in Highland., Final Report for Highland Council, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, July 2009, pp129.
  • Booth, P.D.; Langan, S.; Towers, W.; Jones, M.; McKeen, M. (2008) Tay Western Catchments Project: Land use, geology and water quality report., Scottish Native Woods.
  • Nolan, A.J.; McKeen, M. (2007) Soil and peat depth and peat landslide hazard risk assessment - Spittal Hill proposed wind farm, Caithness., Spittal Hill Wind Farm Ltd.
  • Ball, J.S.; Cummins, R.P.; McKeen, M.; Lilly, A. (2006) A borders wetland vision: development of a strategic planning tool for wetland biodiversity conservation., Report to the Scottish Borders Council.
  • Wright, I.A.; Birnie, R.V.B.; Malcolm, A.; Towers, W.; McKeen, M. (2006) The potential use of the Land Capability for Agriculture Classification for determining support to disadvantaged areas of Scotland., The Macaulay Institute, May 2006.
  • Malcolm, A.; McKeen, M.; Towers, W. (2005) An assessment of the suitability of various available spatial datasets for providing information on agricultural land values in Scotland., Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department. Contract No. MLU/945/04(extension), May 2005.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Malcolm, A.; McKeen, M. (2005) Rapid assessment of grazing and trampling impacts on upland habitats for the East Loch Ericht Deer Management Group Area., FPD Savills, Perth (on behalf of East Loch Ericht DMG).
  • Gauld, J.H.; Bell, J.S.; McKeen, M.M.; Bruneau, P.M.C. (2003) Soils and nature conservation: an inventory of selected natural heritage futures areas., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. F00AC101.
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S., McKeen, M.M. and Bruneau, P.M.C. (2002) Soils and nature conservation: an invenoty of selected natural heritage futures areas., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No 019 (ROAME No. F00AC101)
  • Gauld, J.H., Bell, J.S. and McKeen, M.M. (2002) Soils: their distribution, characteristics and importance for nature conservation.Natural heritage Zxone 20, Border Hills., Report for Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Milne, J.A.; Pakeman, R.J.; Waterhouse, C.; McKeen, M. (2002) Langholm - Newcastleton Hills SSSI. Moorland restoration plan., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage. Macaulay Research Consultancy Services, Aberdeen, April 2002.

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