ScotMER was established by Scottish Government to support the sustainable development of offshore renewable energy developments in Scottish water. Key to ScotMER’s success is the collaboration of Scottish Government scientists, policy makers, and licencing colleagues, along with stakeholders from industry, academia, Non-Governmental Organisations and statutory nature conservation bodies (SNCBs). Together, we identify gaps in our knowledge surrounding the impacts of offshore renewable energy on the marine environment which ensures a shared common understanding of the research needs. ScotMER has then undertake targeted strategic research to better address these knowledge gaps and improve the evidence base to inform future decision making and research. Marine Scotland also hold ScotMER Symposium events to share new information widely and encourage discussion across industry, academics, advisors, and other stakeholders.
ScotMER research programme
The 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.
The latest reports
These reports highlight new information in areas such as: fisheries, seabirds, climate change.
The eight 2022 publications:
Improving Our Understanding of Seabird Behaviour at Sea (30 June 2022)
Feasibility study to extend SeabORD to full breeding season (30 June 2022)
For more information and previous publications please head to the ScotMER page here