As many will know, Scotlandâ€™s first national marine plan is under development: consultation
started in July 2013. Consultation is also underway on designating marine protected areas and identifying areas for marine renewable energy.
Scotlandâ€™s Marine Atlas
, published in 2011 was the â€œInformation for the National Marine Planâ€ but that was only a snapshot in time. Marine planning requires a significant and robust on-going evidence base. National Marine Plan interactive
(NMPi) is Marine Scotlandâ€™s key tool for sharing the data with stakeholders. Marine Scotland interactive
complements NMPi through the provision of data for many marine themes but not the mapping functionality.
What is NMPi?
NMPi is an online, interactive GIS-based tool (using GeoServer and Open Layers software) allowing you to view different map layers at a scale of your choice.
Associated web pages have additional information and links (to related parts of the Atlas; data sources; links to other sources; and, where appropriate, downloadable spread sheets to update the graphs presented in the Atlas).
Data are presented in layers and grouped into the various aspects of the Governmentâ€™s vision for the seas - clean and safe seas; healthy and biologically diverse seas; productive seas; as well as background layers on physical characteristics and administrative boundaries.
NMPi screen shot with proposed marine protected areas (conservation and historic), renewables areas (wind, wave and tidal) and sailing routes.
All users have access to
Â· Data display - geographic information through a web-map interface, with a map canvas, a switchable list of layers, and various tools.
Â· Links to associated web pages.
Â· NMPiâ€™s â€œweb map servicesâ€ using client software.
Â· A dedicated version for browsers on mobile devices (SmartPhones and iPADs).
Registered users (free to do so) can access additional functionality:
Â· Create maps for printing.
Â· Develop their own data layers.
Â· Download certain data (subject to a licence agreement).
New content is being added to NMPi on an on-going basis, while existing content is also being updated.
Layer Control box to show the structure based on our vision for the seas, with the Productive Seas section enlarged
is again working closely with its Atlas partners Scottish Natural Heritage
, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
and the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland
in keeping data sets updated on NMPi.
At present there are in excess of 200 data layers and this looks set to expand. NMPi
is the next stage in Marine Scotlandâ€™s innovations. It follows the successful Atlas
and the later e-publication
(for iPads and Kindles etc), that was launched in March.
NMPi is an innovative tool to assist Marine Scotland in its delivery of marine planning. It will support policy making as use of the seas changes, whether that is for sustainable economic growth through a variety of human activities or conservation through the designation of marine protected areas.