27th September 2023 by Marine Directorate Communications
Scotland’s Climate Week is an annual event in Scottish Government’s Let’s Do Net Zero campaign that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to come together to show support for tackling the climate emergency.
20th May 2022 by Marine Directorate Communications
Invasive non-native species (INNS) are plants and animals that have been introduced by humans, either deliberately or accidentally, from an area outside of their native range.
25th October 2021 by Marine Directorate Communications
The Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) is celebrating its 25th year of monitoring Scottish coastal seas. Operated by the Marine Scotland directorate of the Scottish Government, SCObs samples temperature, salt content (salinity), chemistry (nutrients, ocean acidification), microscopic plants (algal pigments, phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) weekly around the Scottish coast.
15th September 2021 by Marine Directorate Communications
By absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere the chemistry of the ocean changes and seawater becomes more acidic - this is known as Ocean Acidification.
3rd February 2020 by Marine Directorate Communications
Two scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS), Dr Eileen Bresnan and Dr Margarita Machairopoulou, have been involved in the first ever assessment of the status of the plankton community in UK waters. Led by the University of Plymouth, scientists from all around the UK joined together to share their datasets and knowledge to fill in...
29th October 2019 by Marine Directorate Communications
Three researchers (T. Regnier, F. M. Gibb and P. J. Wright) from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have had their paper entitled “Understanding temperature effects on recruitment in the context of trophic mismatch” published in the journal Scientific Reports. The paper looks to address the impacts of climate change in Scotland’s marine environment and fish stocks....
21st October 2019 by Marine Directorate Communications
Dr Pablo Leon Diaz, Plankton Ecologist in Marine Scotland Science, has just had a paper “Relationship between shell integrity of pelagic gastropods and carbonate chemistry parameters at a Scottish Coastal Observatory monitoring site” published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. The paper presents the first investigation of the impacts of ocean acidification on shell-forming...
25th July 2019 by Marine Directorate Communications
Concern is growing globally about the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on the marine environment. OA results from a change in the carbonate chemistry of the ocean making it more acidic, primarily as a result of the increased uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This increased acidity of seawater may negatively impact many marine...
8th June 2019 by Marine Directorate Communications
As part of the Scottish Coastal Observatory, Marine Scotland and a group of dedicated volunteers record coastal water temperatures around Scotland. Today, on World Oceans Day, the coastal water temperature data from 14 monitoring locations are being published. The volunteer-based observing network works by the volunteers receiving a small self-recording temperature sensor every three months...
27th July 2018 by Marine Directorate Communications
Aberdeen may be in the midst of a summer heatwave but scientists in Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have seen the footprint of Storm Frank while performing an in-depth quality check of data from the Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) last week. Storm Frank impacted Scotland from 28th – 30th Dec 2015 bringing wide spread flooding and destruction...