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Temperature predictions

Ironically, it is the developed countries that have been, and still are, responsible for most human-generated GHG emissions, yet it is the poorest countries that are likely to be the most affected by its impacts.

Although Scotland contributes only around 0.2% of global greenhouse gases (GHGs), it recognises that this contribution is part of the problem, and that the country, therefore, has a moral responsibility to contribute to the solution by reducing its carbon footprint, and to demonstrate to the rest of the world that this can be done in a sustainable way.

Working together with overseas scientists, Macaulay researchers have been applying the approaches, tools and techniques they have developed in a Scottish context to understand the impacts of climate change in other areas of the world, how people there will adapt to the predicted changes, and how human-induced GHG emissions in those areas can be reduced.

Precipitation predictions


  • MERES (Methane Emissions from Rice Ecosystems) – modelling methane emissions from rice agriculture in Asia
  • Deforestation – can deforestation and degradation of the world’s forests be slowed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?


Updated: 15 Jun 2016, Content by: RM