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ScotMER Research Programme

The Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMER) programme is taking forward high priority research projects identified by the evidence maps.

Marine Scotland is collaborating with industry, Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, other government departments, researchers, NGOs, and other interested stakeholders, across Scotland, the UK, and Europe, to conduct research that will further understanding of the environmental and socio-economic impacts of offshore renewables developments. This coordinated approach enables exploration of joint funding opportunities, cooperation across national boundaries, and the disseminated of new knowledge to inform future decision making.

New opportunities to collaborate and partner on research that relate to priorities in the evidence maps are welcome, so if you have an idea or research expertise you would like to align with the ScotMER programme please get in touch. 

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.

Status

Project

Relates to:

Current

Defining the local impact of marine developments

Socio-economics

Current

Improving estimates of seabird body-mass survival rates

Ornithology

Current

Improving our understanding of seabird behaviour at sea

Ornithology

Current

Adapting new non-invasive tags to sea birds

Ornithology

Current

Review of underwater noise modelling approaches to inform marine mammal pile driving noise impact assessments

Marine Mammals

Current

Estimating seabird flight heights using LiDAR

Ornithology

Current

Multi-Use in European Seas (MUSES)

All

Completed (2018 - )

SeabORD: A tool to estimate the fate of birds displaced by offshore renewable developments

Ornithology

Completed (2018 - )

Stochastic Collision Risk Model for Seabirds in Flight

Ornithology

Completed (2018 - )

ORJIP Bird Collision Avoidance Study

Ornithology

Completed (2018 - )

Short-Term Behavioural Responses of Wintering Waterbirds to Marine Activity

Ornithology

Current

Understanding the fine-scale underwater behaviour of marine mammals around tidal turbines

Marine Mammals

Current

Harbour seal movement modelling

Marine Mammals

Current

Individual consequences of impacts by tidal turbines

Marine Mammals

Current

Updated grey and harbour seal usage maps

Marine Mammals

Current

Trialling Methods for Tracking the Fine Scale Underwater Movements of Marine Mammals in Areas of Marine Renewable Energy Development

Marine Mammals

For more information about ScotMER and the process of producing evidence maps, please see the stakeholder brief.