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Robert Watret

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 3589Robert Watret

Email: Robert.Watret@gov.scot

Address: Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, UK

Research Interests

My main work consists of using GIS to discover how to represent data collected during surveys that were undertaken to investigate potential offshore renewable energy site locations. I also do a lot of visualisation methodologies to aid in the planning and site suitability of offshore developments.


I collaborate with other sections in the Marine Laboratory and also with colleagues in the Policy and Planning sections in Edinburgh and Glasgow. I am currently studying for a MSc in GIS at the University of Aberdeen, part-time over two years.

External Committees and Responsibilities

I am a member of the Scottish Government  Resilience Room emergency response team and I am on watch at least one day per month.

Latest Publications

  • Kafas, A., Jones, G., Watret, R., Davies, I., Scott, B., (2012). Representation of the use of marine space by commercial fisheries in marine spatial planning. ICES CM I:23.
  • Davies, I.M., Watret, R., Gubbins, M.,(2014) Spatial planning for sustainable marine renewable energy developments in Scotland, Ocean & Coastal Management Volume 99, October 2014, Pages 72–81
  • Marine Scotland (2015). Regional Locational Guidance -Consultation Draft. Marine Renewable Energy in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters.