Science & Data

Soft CoralMarine Scotland Science (MSS) plays an important part in supporting the Scottish Government's vision of marine and coastal environments which are clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse, managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and people.

MSS undertakes research and monitoring in both the freshwater and marine environments to provide scientific and technical advice on a wide range of marine and fisheries issues. The nature of the work is diverse and includes ship and shore-based monitoring, laboratory work and the use of state of the art computer technology and GIS systems to analyse, plot and present the information produced from the research.

MSS data is used in national assessments, such as Scotland’s Marine Atlas, Charting Progress 2 and international assessments conducted by inter-governmental organisations such as OSPAR and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The scientists, engineers and socio-economists at MSS also collaborate extensively with academics across the UK, other Government organisations and internationally.

The monitoring and research done by Marine Scotland Science is overseen by a Science Advisory Board to assure the independence, impartiality and quality of science that it delivers.

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Research

Research

Information about the research carried out by Marine Scotland Science

Data, Atlas and MSi

Data, Info & Atlas

Links to the data sources and resources used by Marine Scotland Science

Publications

Publications

Access the Marine Scotland publications library, including historical publications

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Operations

Quotas

More information about the Analytical Unit and technical operations

Integrity

Research

More information about the Science Board and Quality Assurance

Groups

Marine Strategy Forum

More information about the collaborations 
involving science