Understanding and Managing Ecosystem Services


Mountainous/upland areas provide and support a diverse range of ecosystem services that underpin the social fabric and economies of both urban and rural communities. The concept of ecosystem services has been developed to help the understanding of how we use and manage our natural resources.


Mapping historic hydropower infrastructure in Scotland (2014)

A partnership between the renewables industry, four local authorities and academics at the University of the Highland and Islands (UHI) to map the presence of historic small scale hydro infrastructure across four local authority areas; Aberdeenshire, Perth & Kinross, Fife and Angus.

UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-on (NEAFO) (2011-2014)

Dr Ros Bryce and Dr Jayne Glass were members of the research teams working on different work packages of the NEA follow-on project.

Mountain Forests in a Changing World (2011)

Commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Deveopment and Cooperation and published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this report on mountain forests was a contribution to the International Year of Forests (2011).

Wild land and wildness in Scotland (2008-2011)

The Centre for Mountain Studies has been involved the development of a methodology for mapping wild land in Scotland. Research has also been undertaken to explore values and concepts associated with the terms 'wild land' and 'wildness'.

Benefits and impacts of grouse shooting (2008)

This report, funded by the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust, focussed on the benefits and impacts of grouse shooting in the linked communities of Tomintoul and Strathdon in the north east of Scotland.