It is important to know where peatland has been drained in the past when prioritising areas for restoration. This scoping study considers whether the presence of drainage could be modelled using remote sensing data.
Detection of peatland drainage with remote sensing
The results are promising, and a further phase of work will be taken forward in 2016.
Read more about our peatlands work
Perceived quality of bus services in Scotland
Buses are the most popular form of public transport in Scotland, accounting for 77% of public transport journeys. Increasing the proportion of journeys taken by bus rather than by car can reduce road congestion, as well as the emission of greenhouse gases and local air pollutants.
This policy note finds that targeting service improvements in relation to frequency, availability, reliability and stability will likely generate the highest returns to investment relating to the perceived satisfaction of existing bus users.
Assessing risk to Notified features
Many conservation activities are focussed around what are known as Notified Features. An updated summary of our work on how to develop an assessment of the risks posed to these features by a changing climate is now available
Read the update
Read more about our work on Notified Features
Successful first 5 years for CXC
After five years in operation ClimateXChange has become a trusted research partner for the Scottish Government and its agencies as they develop and implement policies on adapting to the changing climate and the transition to a low carbon society.
Read our report for the programme period 2011-16
We have appointed two new PDRFs, one on ‘The energy system implications of a shift to more localised energy production’ who will be based at the University of Strathclyde under Dr Stuart Galloway and ‘The effectiveness of policies and interventions’ who will be based at the University of Edinburgh under Dr Mark Winskel.
The individuals filling the posts will be appointed after the summer.
Communicating climate change with visualisation tools: a guide
Visualisation can be a powerful tool. Our new guide is aimed at policy teams interested in using visualisation with a view to influencing behaviour change.
Local energy systems in the UK: Taking stock and looking forward.
Read the guide
ECCI, 22 September
This interdisciplinary event provides a space for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to share knowledge about local energy, and to identify the key challenges and opportunities for the future. The event will address the following questions:
1) What is a ‘local energy system’ and how is this being enacted in practice across the UK?
2) What evidence is there that local energy systems can, and will, deliver the social, economic and environmental benefits expected?
3) What conditions and innovations (in governance, technology, financing mechanisms, institutional and social organisation) are required to realise the potential of local energy systems?
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Interdisciplinary conference on sustainability, Dundee
30 August - 1September
Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking: where next?
current issues of critical concern regarding the ways in which evidence is used in policy
14-15 September, Bath
1.5 degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Climate Agreement
Environmental Change Institute Conference
21-22 Sept, Oxford
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