Information & Computational Sciences

Welcome to the web site for the Information & Computational Sciences (ICS) department. Our creation at the James Hutton Institute was in response to the increasingly central role that computational approaches are playing in contemporary Plant and Environmental Sciences.

“Currently we have some 50 staff and research student members of the department based at our sites in Dundee and Aberdeen. The skill base of the department encompasses computational geography, bio- and geo-informaticians and computer scientists; as well as a range of modelling disciplines (including risk and uncertainty analysis, climate change and scenario modelling, crop modelling, whole systems modelling). The common aspect of our work is the utilisation of computational and integrative approaches to our science. In partnership with members of the other four Science Departments, we work across all seven of the Institute’s Research Themes, and across a broad range of scales from the molecular to the landscape. Our quantitative skills are in great demand and currently that demand frequently outstrips existing capacity. In consequence, we are always actively recruiting in several areas and we welcome approaches from either potential research students or staff members from other organisations who would like to spend a training period with us.” Rupert Hough, ICS Department Leader