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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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UK Open Government Licence (OGL)

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Physical and geochemical properties of Scottish saltmarsh soils

This dataset comprises of physical and geochemical measurements produced from 18 wide diameter (60 mm in diameter) and 148 narrow diameter (30 mm in diameter) gouge cores collected from across seven Scottish saltmarshes. The data includes core descriptions, dry bulk density, bulk elemental measurements of organic carbon and nitrogen content, stable isotope and radionuclide (Lead-210 and Cesium-137) data. Additionally, data for a further 79 surficial soil (top 10cm) samples from across five Scottish saltmarshes is integrated into this dataset. The surficial soil data includes vegetation data, (NVC), wet bulk density, dry bulk density, soil texture, and organic carbon content. This data was used to calculate organic carbon stocks and accumulation rates across Scotland’s saltmarsh ecosystems.
The project was funded by the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum and supported by the Natural Environment Research Council funded Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments (NE/R010846/1).

Author information:
1. Lucy C. Miller (University of St Andrews)
2. Craig Smeaton (University of St Andrews)
3. Handong Yang (University College London)
4. William E.N. Austin (University of St Andrews/Scottish Association of Marine Science)

Miller, L.C., Smeaton C., Yang, H., Austin, W. E. N. 2022. Physical and geochemical properties of Scottish saltmarsh soils. doi: 10.7489/12422-1

Data and Resources

Release Date
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-6.26284 54.251069, 0.464285 54.564402, -0.204728 58.74217, -7.092833 58.994955))
Temporal Coverage
2020-08-01 to 2021-01-06
English (United Kingdom)
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Data Dictionary

Detailed methodology for each of the resources in the dataset are described in accompanying supporting documentation.

Contact Name
Marine Scotland
Contact Email
Public Access Level