In December 2011, Marine Scotland initiated a review of the existing Scottish marine monitoring network, to identify its capabilities and to identify gaps in marine environmental data that are required to inform offshore wind, wave and tidal energy SEA, HRA and MSFD assessment and monitoring requirements. Halcrow Group Ltd (Halcrow) was commissioned to complete a Review of the Scottish Marine Monitoring Network to inform development of offshore renewable energy in Scottish waters, with the project running from January to April 2012.
Objectives of the Review
The key aims of this project are to:
- provide a review of the current capabilities of the existing marine monitoring network in Scotland
- examine the suitability of marine monitoring data to report on trend information
- set out recommendations on changes to the current monitoring network
in relation to the requirements of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) to support offshore renewable wind, wave and tidal energy development plans, in Scottish waters.