Marine Scotland has worked with industry, environmental NGOs, Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, and other interested stakeholders, to map out the gaps in knowledge when assessing the environmental and socio-economic impacts of offshore renewable developments.
To do this, seven specialist groups were created, each focussing on particular impact receptors. These groups are:
Each group, made up of experts and stakeholders, have worked together to produce ‘evidence maps’ that outline and prioritise knowledge gaps in their specialist area. These evidence maps provide the framework to guide ScotMER research projects.
The initial processes of mapping out knowledge gaps has been completed and the resulting evidence maps are now available. These maps are ‘living documents’ and will be reviewed and updated based on new scientific evidence.
For more information about ScotMER and the process of producing evidence maps, please see the stakeholder brief. In addition, if you are considering undertaking research or bidding for funding to undertake work that you think would help address any of the knowledge gaps identified in the evidence maps, please get in touch: ScotMER@gov.scot.