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Seasavers reunited with gliders
Interest in seaweed cultivation is growing
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is Scotland's premier independent marine science organisation generating new knowledge for the benefit of the marine environment and society since 1884.
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Working with SAMS
Our science works for a greater understanding of ocean systems, improved predictions of coastal futures and a sustainable ocean-based economy.
Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa
Scottish Marine Robotics Facility
150 students study full-time at SAMS on programmes lasting between 1 and 4 years.
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Ocean Explorer Centre
Capturing our Coast
We are helping business succeed in a productive ocean environment offering bespoke consultancy, training, conference and research facilities, and rental space in our business incubator.
SAMS Research Services Ltd consultancy
European Marine Science Park (HIE)
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Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa
Working with SAMS
SAMS science projects
... designing innovative autonomous drifting observatories for ice covered Arctic waters
... predicting biomass and volume of marine growth using 3D-photogrammetry
...producing high-value products from microalgae
... understanding how coastal zone governance and management can effectively respond to ocean acidification
...training 15 PhD students in omic-empowered research on the micro- and macroalgal microbiomes
... matching users to services, facilities and experts to take a blue biotech product to market
... a novel monitoring framework for shelf sea ecosystem drivers
... identifying key constraints to the growth of the aquaculture industry in Europe
... investigating how change in sea ice and ocean properties will affect Arctic ecosystem structures
Can we detect changes in the Arctic ecosystem?
... improving the long-term sustainability of marine stations
... assessing the Atlantic’s deep-sea ecosystems to plan for sustainable blue growth
... understanding the impact of a changing Arctic on northern hemisphere weather and climate
... studying shell production for shellfish farming and biotech in a changing world
... improving evidence base for marine management and identifying an optimised observing network
... an experimental citizen science project studying the UK's changing rocky shore ecology
... creating a cross-border network of buoys to track, model and monitor aquatic life and oceanographic processes
... investigating distribution and movement of individual skates using photo-identification techniques
... predicting the impact of fish-farm discharges on the seabed to optimise operation to match environmental capacity.
... investigating how Arctic zooplankton like Calanus will be affected by climate change
Evaluating the potential of aquaculture diversification (IMTA) to improve nutrition and ecosystem sustainability in the UK
... investigating decadal changes in the northeast Atlantic
... furthering marine biological research through pan-European infrastructure access
... a pan-European initiative to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and innovation from marine bio-resources.
...furthering Knowledge Exchange for the UHI Energy Innovation Group
... studying the interactions between physical, chemical and basic biological processes in coastal waters
... studying the combined effect of changes in light, acidification and species composition on Arctic algal blooms in sea ice and water.
...determining how highly-branched isoprenoid lipids are biosynthesized in ice
... increasing the sustainable production of sugar kelp and sea lettuce
...creating a global network tackling emerging issues in seaweed cultivation including pests, invasives and pathogens.
... growing the research and innovation capability of developing countries engaged in seaweed farming
...promoting the eco-intensification of EU aquaculture
... proposing a multi-purpose platform for offshore renewables and aquaculture
... fostering green growth, eco-innovation and environmental efficiency by developing IMTA practice
...investigating how available carbon sources fuel lake ecosystems.
... producing advanced biofuels (eg ethanol, butanol, furanics, biogas) from seaweed
…. monitoring underwater ambient noise and marine mammal presence
... a cross-border environment project developing tools for monitoring and managing protected coastal marine environments in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland.
Can we replace visual identification of organisms by sequencing their DNA?
... improving our understanding of the whole UK marine ecosystem by addressing key knowledge gaps.
Nephrops Survival II
...assessing the survivability of Nephrops from trawl fisheries to inform Landings Obligation high-survivability
Environmental and neuroendocrine control of reproduction and early development in the native oyster
Harnessing system microbiomes to upcycle reactive nitrogen in sustainable food production systems
...evaluating environmental conditions needed for offshore aquaculture
...mapping the overlap between pipelines and fishing activity
... identifying novel polysaccharide-degrading enzymes for commercial exploitation
... strengthening risk management and early warning systems to predict harmful algal blooms in the Atlantic Arc area
... assessing razor clam stocks to provide info for Scottish Government about establishing a managed electro-fishery
...informing the development of sustainable Arctic fisheries by quantifying the sources of organic carbon consumed by deep water fish.
...assessing the viability of farming sugar kelp for bioenergy production through anaerobic digestion
... developing tools to help shellfish farmers monitor and forecast water quality
... providing a voluntary system to collect, analyse and share data from the Scottish inshore fishing fleet.
... exploring new fish food ingredients that promote human health through more omega 3 fats in tilapia, catfish and carp
... establishing the cost-benefit of using autonomous systems to perform long-term environmental monitoring.
... exploring sustainability in aquaculture
... developing an environmental monitoring plan for a pilot tidal turbine
Towards a marginal Arctic sea ice cover
... quantifying the impact of more marginal ice zone on Arctic climate, and exploring the processes responsible for loss of Arctic sea ice
...developing an observing system and modelling techniques to characterise the circulation and fluxes of the N Atlantic Subpolar Gyre
Developing mitigating methods agaist disease outreaks in seaweed aquaculture based on sea cucumber co-cultivation.
SAMS VNP Peat
... investigating ecological, social, economic and cultural aspects of ecosystem tipping points in peatlands