Indicators of Ecosystem Services in Scotland

Project description: 

The Natural Assets Theme of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme 2016-21 is concerned with identification, quantification and valuation of Scotland’s environmental assets, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Modelling and mapping of key indicators of ecosystem services is an essential component of this theme. Mapped indicators will support decision-making across land use policy priorities (such as a low carbon economy, sustainable food production and water management) by allowing spatially explicit visioning of the ecosystem services trade-offs. Provisioning, regulating and cultural services were mapped and can be viewed through an online mapping portal.

Organisations involved: 

The James Hutton Institute, SEFARI, Scottish Government

Scale of project: 
Total area covered by project: 
78770 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Pollination
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Habitat quality and/or condition
Human census
Land use data
Rivers data
Notes on sources of baseline data used: 

Crowd-sourced and geo-referenced photographs

Key outputs available: 
Contact name: 
Alessandro Gimona
Contact job title: 
Senior Landscape Scientist
The James Hutton Institute
The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH
01224 395190