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Identification and mapping of potential sites suitable for saltmarsh habitat creation in Scotland through manged realignment under current and future sea levels

This dataset comprises of the outputs from geospatial model used to identify and map sites suitable for the creation of new saltmarsh habitat across the Scottish coast under current and future sea levels.
The work was carried as part of the ClimateXChange project (IQ20-201) - Blue carbon potential of Scottish inter-tidal wetlands and the implications of sea-level rise: policy brief.

doi: 
https://doi.org/10.7489/12417-1
Citation: 
Craig Smeaton (University of St Andrews), Alex Houston (University of St Andrews), Thorsten Balke (University of Glasgow), William E.N. Austin (University of St Andrews). 2022. Identification and mapping of potential sites suitable for saltmarsh habitat creation in Scotland through manged realignment under current and future sea levels. doi: 10.7489/12417-1

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Publisher
Modified
2022-05-19
Release Date
2022-05-19
Identifier
2b85df09-43d4-4dbd-a857-405117e5ad46
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-7.91015625 54.565294521287, -7.91015625 58.875908925435, -0.52734375 58.875908925435, -0.52734375 54.565294521287))
Temporal Coverage
2021-10-01 to 2022-01-06
Language
English (United Kingdom)
License
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Data Dictionary

The modelling approach utilised the latest open access LiDAR data for Scotland’s coastline in conjunction with regional tidal data (ntslf.org/) to identify sites suitable for managed realignment and to map the potential extent of high a low marsh. Across Scotland’s coast fifteen sites were identified largely across the major eastern estuaries. Future modelled sea levels were projected onto these sites to determine the potential loss of these newly created saltmarshes under future climate scenarios. Spatial models were created for five future sea level scenarios derived from the Met Offices UK climate projections (UKCP) these include the best-case scenario (RCP 2.6 - 5th percentile), worst case scenario (RCP 8.5 - 95th percentile) and the median (50th percentile) estimated sea level across the three core scenarios (RCP 2.6, 4.5, 8.5) for the years 2032, 2045 and 2100.

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Marine Scotland
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Public