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Marine Scotland Information

Marine Scotland Information logoMarine Scotland has launched a new information portal called Marine Scotland Information. This new web portal provides access to important contextual information for the data and resources Marine Scotland makes available online. With a particular focus on mapping and our scientific data, this site combines information from the National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi) online web mapping resource, the Marine Scotland data portal and the larger geospatial data previously hosted on Marine Scotland interactive.

The data previously held on Marine Scotland interactive has now migrated to Marine Scotland Information and will be updated there. The MSi pages will remain online for archive and redirection purposes.

The links below have been redirected to the relevant pages on the new website

Version 3.3 of the model can now be found on the Marine Scotland Information website.

Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance Model

Harbour Seal AULF12-432-047 © University of AberdeenThis model, written in R, is a protocol for implementing an interim version of the Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD) approach for assessing and quantifying the potential consequences for marine mammal populations of any disturbance and/or injury that may result from offshore energy developments. It has been designed to use the kinds of information that are likely to be provided by developers in their Environmental Statements and Habitats Regulations Assessments.

We emphasise the interim nature of this approach, which was developed to deal with the current situation, where there is limited data on the way in which changes in behaviour and hearing sensitivity may affect the ability of individual marine mammals to survive and to reproduce.

The model allows the user to predict the population consequences of disturbance on five key priority species of marine mammal found in the UK (Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise, Minke whale, Harbour and Grey seals).

The PCOD v1.1 download available below contains the model and associated reports. The v1.1 update now includes a 'How To' guide and updated supporting documents. These can be downloaded separately.


Version 3.3 of the model can now be found on the Marine Scotland Information website.

Key Messages

SNCB's Key messages on the use of the Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD) frameworkBottlenose Dolphins AU12-1485-788 © University of Aberdeen

The statutory nature conservation bodies (SNCBs) and regulators recently participated in an Interim PCoD training workshop and are now considering the scope of the tool and how and when it might be used to inform EIA and HRA processes and consenting decisions for marine renewable energy projects. Therefore some of the messages that follow are preliminary.