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.