University of St Andrews

Blue Carbon success for DGSD researchers

Monday 21 September 2015

Congratulations to Craig Smeaton (a second-year NERC-funded PhD student, DGSD) and Bill Austin (Professor of Geography, DGSD), who have successfully won a tender with SRSL, a specialist marine consultancy company.

SRSL are based near Oban on the Scottish west coast and the team will undertake an assessment of marine carbon stores contained within Scotland's inshore Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. The project, which is being funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, will inform future advice on the protection of MPAs and will provide the evidence to help Scotland meet its commitments and targets to mitigate against the effects of climate change. Professor Austin, who also holds a position as Professor of Marine Geology at SAMS, commented on the opportunity which Craig's PhD research and the current project on behalf of SNH offered in "demonstrating significant impact to the climate change agenda of the Scottish Government from marine "blue carbon" stores".
The photo (courtesy of Craig Smeaton) shows Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull, Argyll, Scotland.
Photo of Loch Sunart