Marine Scotland

  • SCObs Weekly Sampling to Expand at St Abbs

    7th April 2017 by

    The Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) monitors the temperature, salinity, nutrients and plankton community at a number of sites around the Scottish coast. The efforts of Marine Scotland scientists are supported by a network of local citizen-scientists who deploy small temperature sensors and collect water samples for analysis.  Many of the SCObs sites have been collecting…

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  • The Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference 2013

    8th April 2013 by

    Submitted by Jenny Wright The University of Aberdeen and Marine Scotland Science recently organised the 9th UK Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (YCSEC), with two of our oceanographers, Rory O’Hara Murray and Bee Berx, on the local organising committee. The conference was held at the University’s Fraser-Noble Building on March 25th and 26th 2013. …

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  • M.R.V. Temora skipper Raymond Cargill retires

    17th December 2012 by

      For the last ten years, sampling for the Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring Programme at Stonehaven has been undertaken by scientists on board the catamaran Temora. Raymond Cargill, skipper of the Temora, will be retiring at Christmas. Raymond’s local knowledge, dedication and skill will be sorely missed by MSS, as will his…

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  • New reports concerning Scottish coastal marine ecosystems

    3rd September 2012 by

    This summer Marine Scotland Science has published two interesting reports concerning Scottish marine ecosystems. The first is a review of previously published information concerning the Firth of Clyde ecosystem. The report has found that “while the Clyde has clearly been impacted by human activities, it supports significant quantities of fish and is demonstrating some signs…

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  • Spring is coming in the water

    29th February 2012 by

     This week we have seen the first signs of spring in our gardens as snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils have started to shoot through the soil. In the waters surrounding our shores we are also beginning to see the first signs of spring as the phytoplankton diatom population has begun to grow too. Below are some…

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  • Coastal Monitoring sites at Stonehaven and Loch Ewe

    4th October 2011 by

    There has been a training programme going on at Stonehaven and at the laboratory, to train a significant number of  new personnel and ensure that techniques and procedures are of a high standard. This is going very well although the poor weather at sea has caused quite a bit of disruption to the sampling programme….

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  • ICES/NAFO Decadal Symposium Update…

    1st March 2011 by

    Five Marine Scotland Science abstracts, using data gathered at the east and west coast ecosystem monitoring stations, have been accepted for the ICES/NAFO Decadal Symposium, May 2011. Below are the accepted titles and the associated author lists. Spain here we come! (abstracts listed in no particular order) 1) Emerging patterns from time series of plankton sampling off the…

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  • Tail-end of Hurricane Tomas

    12th November 2010 by

    The high winds that have hit the UK this week are likely to be related to the tail-end of Hurricane Tomas which has been reeking havoc in Ireland. It is Friday today, the winds have dropped and the sea state has improved, however, due to technical problems at Stonehaven harbour, Temora is trapped in the inner harbour…

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  • et al.

    26th October 2010 by

    Definition:  et al. = and others. Similar to an ice berg, there is a lot more beneath the surface of the coastal monitoring! The coastal monitoring of the plankton biologists (see previous post) is mutually supported by teams of technicians, oceanographers and chemists.            

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  • Temora

    19th October 2010 by

    M.V. Temora (Motor Vessel Temora) is owned by Marine Scotland Science and is used each week to sample plankton and associated environmental parameters in coastal waters 5 km offshore at Stonehaven on the east coast of Scotland. Click on the highlighted vessel name to find out the vessel details.

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