Climate change: Impacts on landscapes
Climate change is likely to alter Scotland’s landscapes – and the social and economic benefits that landscape provides.
Landscape changes will result from climate change impacts on:
- soils and vegetation
- farming and forestry
- rivers and coasts
- hills and lowlands
Understanding the likely effects of climate change will help us to plan for and manage the changes.
Research into impacts on Scotland’s landscapes
Our research indicates that:
- climate change will result in extensive landscape change across Scotland
- the greatest changes are likely to be in lowland and coastal areas, where human population is highest
- mitigation and adaptation measures are likely to influence Scotland’s landscapes and quality of life more than the direct effects of climate change
- future socio-economic values that govern human responses to climate change could significantly modify these effects
- for positive landscape and quality of life outcomes, it’s important to adopt a holistic approach to managing climate change
Climate Change Conversations project
Our research revealed that landscape change was a good topic to open up discussions about climate change with local communities.
We set up the Climate Change Conversations project to explore this option further. The project ran in the Machars and in Nairn in 2010.
We drew on the lessons learned to develop the Talking About Our Place toolkit for communities.
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