Scottish Association For Marine Science (SAMS) Back to Partners

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is one the oldest oceanographic institutes in the world. Established in 1873, it grew from the HMS Challenger expedition, the first oceanography cruise of its kind.

Since 1967 SAMS has been based at the Scottish Marine Institute at Dunstaffnage, Oban, on the west coast of Scotland. SAMS is a lead partner of MAREMAP and has a diverse portfolio of scientific research and education, including physical oceanography, marine geology, benthic and pelagic ecology.

They also utilise novel marine technologies such as autonomous underwater vehicles and remotely operated aircraft! SAMS has three research vessels, one of which - the R/V Calanus - is equipped with two multibeam sonar systems and a dual frequency side-scan sonar. This technology is at the centre of their breakthroughs in marine mapping.

John Howe is the lead MAREMAP coordinator for SAMS. He was SAMS coordinator on the recent INIS Hydro Project. The main aims of this project were to provide comprehensive multibeam bathymetry data and geo –coded, ground-truthed backscatter data in areas of identified strategic importance. INIS Hydro also aimed to work co-operatively to ensure that results were compatible with the needs of all regions and fostered better data and procedure transfer between partner organisations.

Recent projects by SAMS scientists have included research on the geology and geomorphology of the Firth of Lorn and a study of sediment mobility on the coastal shelf.

For more information about the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) please visit their website.