Marine Scotland

  • Meet Mike Watson – Underwater Observation Specialist

    28th January 2019 by

    In our series of Science in Government Conference posters we now have Mike Watson – an integral part of the Engineering Group.  Mike is involved with the design, development, maintenance and operation of underwater observation systems and tells us how he overcomes some of the more challenging aspects of his job.     Further Information:…

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  • Reviewing our Year of Science

    18th January 2019 by

    Today sees the publication of our Annual Science Review for 2017/18. The Review, which highlights the impacts and achievements of Marine Scotland Science (MSS), details the overall contribution and support that our scientists make to the work of Marine Scotland. During this period we have published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and supported more than 75…

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  • A Century’s Worth of Data

    14th January 2019 by

    The Marine Laboratory at Aberdeen has been collecting offshore water samples and taking related measurements since the 1890’s. Yet, while the equipment we use has changed a lot since that time, mostly due to advances in technology, the parameters we sample have remained the same. The Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Oceanography Group will soon be…

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  • Water Sampling for Long-Term Monitoring – An Update 09/10/18

    16th October 2018 by

    Scotia left harbour at 09:00 on Friday 5 October. Our first objective was to deploy the Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD) profiler at 18 stations along a line at 57° N going west from the Scottish East Coast to 2°E.  Along with salinity (conductivity) and temperature, we measured dissolved oxygen, turbidity and fluorescence. We also…

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  • Water Sampling for Long-Term Monitoring

    15th October 2018 by

    Survey: MRV Scotia 1418S Duration: 5-15 October 2018 Procedure: Scotia will make her way to the eastern start of the Nolso – Flugga (NOL) section and start collecting long term monitoring samples and taking CTD profiles. On a previous trip – the 0618S survey – a mooring in an AL500 frame also failed to surface…

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  • Celebrating the Year of the Engineer with Matt Geldart

    9th October 2018 by

    As we mentioned in our blog in January, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the course of the year, we’ve been introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work. This month it’s the turn…

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  • Storm Frank Makes its Mark in SCObs Monitoring Data

    27th July 2018 by

    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…

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  • Scottish Ocean Climate Status Report 2016 published

    4th July 2018 by

    A new report by scientists in Marine Scotland that examines the variability and trends in the physical conditions of the seas around Scotland in the last decade and further into the past has been published. Describing the conditions in 2016, the most recent year for which a full dataset is available, the Scottish Ocean Climate Status report shows that…

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  • Recover, Download, Re-deploy, Repeat

    4th May 2018 by

    Survey: 0618S – MRV Scotia Duration: 2-12 May 2018 Gear: Sea-Bird CTDs, ADCPs and current meter instrumentation, water filtering equipment, mooring equipment, chemistry sampling and analysis equipment. Objectives: Perform hydrographic sampling along the AlterEco monitoring section in the northern North Sea, which will be sampled on all MSS oceanographic surveys in 2018. Perform hydrographic sampling…

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  • Trans-Atlantic Co-operation

    8th March 2018 by

    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in Massachusetts contacted Marine Scotland on the 20th February, requesting assistance to retrieve one of their gliders. The glider was deployed near Iceland, but had broken down and had been drifting at the surface since November 2017, and was now approaching the western coast of Scotland …fortuitously near to where…

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