The Environment

Much of the research at the James Hutton Institute leads back to the environment and that’s where the name comes from – James Hutton was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. James Hutton’s thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.  

The James Hutton Institute delivers fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources.  James Hutton Limited can supply expert advice and information for developers, planning consultants and land managers based on a wide range of advanced laboratory and field studies, computer modelling, a sound understanding of the UK planning system and close professional links with many regulatory bodies. 
Whether the environment is your overall business concern or whether it's just one consideration of your current project, James Hutton Limited can provide support to ensure that natural capital is maximised to full potential and any impacts are minimised. 

The multi-disciplinary expertise available at the James Hutton Institute is ideally suited to address many issues facing the environmental sector both in the UK and internationally.

James Hutton Limited provides many services for the environment.  

Renewables & Spacial Planning

  • Renewable energy impact assessment
  • Visual Impact Assessment
  • Visualisations & 3D Modelling
  • Visualisation for public participation
  • Decision support tools
  • Shadow flicker, photomontage and wireframe

Land Quality

  • Contaminated Land Surveys & Risk Assessments
  • Bio-remediation and site specific strategies for recovery from contamination 
  • Ground gas monitoring and assessment
  • Soil & peat resource assessment
  • Site characterisation
  • Land capability classification 

Ecology

  • Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Protected species and fauna surveys
  • Habitat and vegetation surveys
  • Evaluation of land management practice
  • Invasive species surveys
  • Biological water quality surveys

Water Resources

  • Flood risk assessments and modelling
  • Water resources assessment
  • Water quality/effluent sampling, monitoring and analysis
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs)
  • Rural land drainange
  • Coastal planning and environmental management

Analytical Services

  • Analyse and characterise:
  • Waters, oils, effluents and saline solutions
  • Plant material and animal feeding stuffs
  • Soils, rocks and sediments
  • Organic and inorganic deposits
  • Animal tissue

Products & Services

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Social impact assessments
  • Topographical surveying 
  • Digital environmental data
  • Mapping
  • Policy evaluation 
  • Expert witness
  • HuttonSoils analysis
  • Microresp for measuring soil respiration

Services

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Techniques providing quantitative and qualitative analysis of organic and inorganic contaminants / pollutants in a variety of matrices including, but not limited to waters, chemicals and soils.
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The analysis of a wide range of stable isotopes, bulk and compound specific analysis of light isotopes including, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen and Hydrogen, and heavy isotopes, including Strontium, Neodymium, Samarium and Lead.
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The James Hutton Institute, and its predecessor organisations, is synonymous with soils with over 90 years experience of working with soils and farmers, as well as being responsible for the National Soils Database for Scotland.
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A leading forensic research and analysis service with unparalleled experience in analysis of soils, waters and other ecological/environmental materials.