Celebrating 25 years of environmental monitoring
25th October 2021 by Marine Scotland 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.
An investigation in Scottish coastal waters – Ocean Acidification Week 2021
15th September 2021 by Marine Scotland Communications
By absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere the chemistry of the ocean changes and seawater becomes more acidic – this is known as Ocean Acidification.
Assessing Plankton in the UK
3rd February 2020 by Marine Scotland 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…
Exploring the Effects of Climate Change on Marine Food Webs
29th October 2019 by Marine Scotland 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….
Ocean Acidification and the Damage it can Cause
21st October 2019 by Marine Scotland 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…
Marine Scotland Contributes to International Publication on Ocean Acidification
25th July 2019 by Marine Scotland 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…
Coastal Temperature Data Published on World Oceans Day
8th June 2019 by Marine Scotland 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…
SCObs Weekly Sampling to Expand at St Abbs
7th April 2017 by Marine Scotland Communications
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…