INSPIRE Knowledge Base

The James Hutton Institute

LMO Description
The James Hutton Institute
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The James Hutton Institute (JHI), formed in 2011 by the combination of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (MLURI) and the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), is the owner and the creator of the National Soils Archive for Scotland. JHI (as MLURI) also produced a land cover data set of Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    Research into soils, crops, land use, uplands, peri-urban, waters, socio-economics and the wider environment, the majority of which is funded by Scottish Government through its scientific research programme. Our commercial divisions provide consultancy and analytical services to a wide range of customers, including the soft fruit, potato, renewable energy, oil and gas industries, land managers, and the public sector.
    The James Hutton Institute is the owner and repository of the National Soils Archive for Scotland, and seed banks of global importance, including the Commonwealth Potato Collection. Our Land Capability for Agriculture classification is the official agricultural land classification system used in Scotland. The Institute operates three farms and research stations in Scotland, and also has scientists working in other parts of the world helping farmers increase their yields and scientists involved in research programmes suppored by the European Union and other public and private sector donors.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Societal Sector: 
    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    Production of Annex 2 & 3 datasets, including specification and metadata development. Membership of GS Soil group.
    Primary Business: 
    Research into soils, crops, land use, waters, uplands, socio-economics and the wider environment
    Environmental application domains: 
    Climate change, Spatial Planning , Urban development , Rural development, Water Resources Management, Coastal Zone Management , Vegetation Management, Soil resources Management, Soil erosion Prevention and Management, Coastal erosion Prevention and Management