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July 2019
MS Maps NMPI Update: including details about newly added layers, updated layers, layers in preparation, gaps and areas where data are sparse & the latest technological updates and enhancements.


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National Marine Plan Interactive (NMPi)

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The Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi (National Marine Plan interactive) interactive tool, part of the Marine Scotland Open Data Network, has been designed to assist in the development of national and regional marine planning.

Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi allows you to view different types of information and, where appropriate, links have been provided to the related parts of Scotland's Marine Atlas, the National Marine Plan as well as links to data sources to facilitate data download.

MAPS NMPi is not a static system and data sets, new statistics and other details are added to the interactive map when available (follow the Information icon NMPI i button from a layer). Registration is free and by doing so users will be able to add their own data as a ‘My Information’ layers.

Whilst every effort is made to keep data on MAPS NMPi up-to-date, you should contact the data owner/source if you are relying on the data to, for example, make applications for licences.

The MAPS NMPi projection (co-ordinate system) is Spherical Web Mercator (EPSG:3857 or EPSG:900913).

If you experience problems using MAPS NMPi or have any datasets that you wish to add, please email

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Some datasets are downloadable in various formats. Follow the download button NMPi download button next to layer name, which will take you to the download source. This is usually to the Scottish Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) website.

If MAPS NMPi users are utilising the WMS in GIS, any maps produced should acknowledge Marine Scotland’s MAPS NMPi as the source of the feed and the third party data owner as the data source. Some copyrighted material may require the consent of the data owner for any reproduction, adaptation, manipulation, extraction or other use. Images from MAPS NMPi based on such data should not be reproduced by third parties without checking with the data owner. For details of the data owner follow the NMPI i button icon from a layer to the accompanying Marine Scotland INFORMATION page. The ‘Data Originators’ field identifies the data owner.

All Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi data are covered by Crown Copyright and related Privacy and Content Disclaimers or Third Party Copyrights. Further copyright/licence details for all MAPS NMPi layers can be found on the appropriate Marine Scotland INFORMATION page – follow the NMPi NMPI i button  from a layer to the accompanying Marine Scotland INFORMATION page and scroll down to ‘Click title for metadata and licence information’.


MAPS NMPi data can also be viewed through our Web Map Service (WMS) and our Web Feature Service (WFS) although not all layers will be available this way due to licensing restrictions.

Find out more about how to link to WMS Layers and WFS data.

Click on the NMPi NMPI i button for more details about each layer and to see related information.

Marine Scotland cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in data provided by organisations other than Marine Scotland. Datasets are not to be used for navigation.