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Marine Scotland Science (MSS) undertakes a wide range of monitoring covering many aspects of the Scottish marine ecosystem.

Monitoring is undertaken in Scottish Inshore Waters, using networks of volunteers and automatic recording equipment, as well as in Scottish Offshore Waters, using the MSS research vessels MRV Alba na Mara and MRV Scotia.

Marine Scotland Science also participates national monitoring programmes, such as:

  • UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS)
  • UK Marine Environmental Change Network (MECN)
  • UK Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN)

This group provides published data from monitoring these activities. For many activities, there are national or international standards for how the monitoring is undertaken.

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Determination, and environmental assessment of hydrocarbons in water samples following a release of oil from the Clair platform

Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 7 No 29

Following a leak from the Clair platform on 2 October 2016, water samples were collected at five depths from ten sites, including a reference site, to assess any environmental impact of the oil leak in the area. All samples were analysed for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and two samples (9.9 m and 29.7 m samples) from each site were analysed for n-alkanes. The total PAH concentrations in the water samples were low, ranging from 1.4 to 16.3 ng l-1 and could be considered to be at background concentrations. The n-alkane profiles showed no evidence of crude oil contamination.

doi: 
10.7489/1878-1
Citation: 
Webster, L., Russell, M., Walsham, P., Packer, G., Dalgarno, E.J., Shepherd, N. and Turrell, B. (2016) Determination, and environmental assessment of hydrocarbons in water samples following a release of oil from the Clair platform. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 7 No 29, 25pp. DOI: 10.7489/1878-1
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Modified Date
2016-12-19
Release Date
2016-12-19
Identifier
55c0b432-cb80-49e5-bad5-ee749b424443
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Scotland
Temporal Coverage
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 00:00 to Monday, October 31, 2016 - 00:00
License
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Data Dictionary

Samples were collected from ten locations, including a reference site, on 6 October 2016 from the MRV Scotia (Appendix 1). Samples were returned to the Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory on 8 October 2016. Water samples were collected using a Rosette Sampler at five different depths at each location and transferred into solvent washed, glass bottles (2.5 l). Samples were kept at room temperature and were extracted immediately on arrival to the Marine Laboratory on 8 October 2016.

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