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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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The East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic Study

ECOMMAS is a long-term, on-going study into how underwater noise generated by offshore industry impacts the distribution of dolphins and porpoises in the Scottish North Sea. Acoustic recorders (C-PODs and SM2Ms) are deployed at 30 sites across 10 locations along the east coast. They record underwater noise and count echolocation clicks to measure dolphin and porpoise presence and absence. They are deployed in the spring and are recovered after ~ 4 months. In 2015 and 2016, a second deployment was issued in July/August.

doi: 
10.7489/1969-1

Data and Resources

Citation: 
Brookes, K. 2017. The East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic Study data. doi: 10.7489/1969-1
FieldValue
Publisher
Modified Date
2017-10-02
Release Date
2017-10-02
Frequency
Annually
Identifier
9e66393a-b075-4544-96a4-f8768a90df89
Temporal Coverage
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 00:00
Language
English (United Kingdom)
License
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Granularity
Annual
Author
Brookes, K. - Marine Scotland.
Data Dictionary

Data is presented as detection-positive days (DPD) and detection-positive hours (DPH) for both species. DPD = The detection of echolocation clicks per day (1 = Detection-positive, 0 = Detection-negative) DPH = The number of hours echolocation clicks are detected per day Nall = Total number of clicks detected per day Ndays = Total number of days recorded PorpDPH_median = Median porpoise detection-positive hours for each site DolDPH_median = Median dolphin detection-positive hours for each site Proportion_PorpDPD = Proportion of porpoise detection-positive days (out of total days recorded, Ndays) Proportion_DolDPD = Proportion of dolphin detection-positive days (out of total days recorded, Ndays) Data has been prepared as ArcGIS maps showing median DPH and proportion of DPD for both species across all 30 sites. It has also been converted to be viewed on Marine Scotland Maps , and for direct download as a spread sheet (.csv)

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Marine Scotland Science
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