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Marine Scotland Science (MSS) undertakes a wide range of monitoring covering many aspects of the Scottish marine ecosystem.

Monitoring is undertaken in Scottish Inshore Waters, using networks of volunteers and automatic recording equipment, as well as in Scottish Offshore Waters, using the MSS research vessels MRV Alba na Mara and MRV Scotia.

Marine Scotland Science also participates national monitoring programmes, such as:

  • UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS)
  • UK Marine Environmental Change Network (MECN)
  • UK Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN)

This group provides published data from monitoring these activities. For many activities, there are national or international standards for how the monitoring is undertaken.

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Organic and inorganic carbon content of surficial sediments within Scottish adjacent waters

Organic and inorganic carbon content of 886 surficial (top 10cm) sediment samples from across Scottish adjacent waters. Samples were collected across the Scottish portion of the UK EEZ with the aim of understanding the organic carbon and inorganic content of differing sediment types across differing oceanographic conditions to better understand carbon storage in marine sediments.
The work is part of the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum research programme funded by the Scottish Government.

Smeaton, C., Hunt, C. A. , Turrell, W.R., Austin, W. E. N. 2021. Organic and inorganic carbon content of surficial sediments within Scottish adjacent waters. Doi: 10.7489/12353-1

Data and Resources

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-8.173828125 54.398149266172, -8.173828125 61.756230775651, 1.7578125 61.756230775651, 1.7578125 54.398149266172))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Scottish adjacent waters
Temporal Coverage
2018-01-20 to 2020-03-31
English (United Kingdom)
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Data Dictionary

Surficial sediment samples were collected from Scottish adjacent waters from a variety of research vessels using different methods of sediment collection (detailed in supplementary documentation). The location of the samples were recorded using GPS alongside the water depth. Upon collection, the samples were described using the modified Folk scheme and stored at -20 Celsius. Additional samples were sourced from the British Geological Survey (BGS) sample repository (Keyworth, UK) which were collected by experienced marine geologists for BGS and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Organisation (UKHO) following the same sampling procedure detailed above.
Prior to analysis the samples were freeze dried and milled to a fine powder. Organic and Inorganic carbon content of the samples were measured using the temperature gradient method of elemental analysis (detailed in the supporting documentation). All laboratory equipment were calibrated in accordance with the laboratory practises at the University of St Andrews. Results were recorded on to lab sheets and transferred into an Excel file. Results were exported as comma separated value (.csv) file for ingestion into the data repository.

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