SRSL surveys and analytical facilities allow characterisation of sedimentary and biogeochemical processes in marine and coastal environments for our clients.
Collection of seabed samples is often required to 'ground-truth' seabed mapping investigations and to characterise benthic habitats for environmental impact assessment. SRSL undertake a range of sediment sampling activities including grab sampling (Day, van Veen, and Hamon grabs) and coring (Box, Gravity, Multi- and Mega-coring). We also sample the water column using CTD profilers (Seabird and CastawayTM).
SRSL surveys can be designed to sample sediment and water from many different environments, ranging from the deep sea and coastal waters to inland lochs.
SRSL is based at the Scottish Marine Institute in Oban where we have state-of-the-art analytical laboratories which include apparatus for trace metal/element and organic compound characterisation, (ICP-MS and ICP-OES), particle size analysis (PSA), nutrient analysis, radiochemistry and core-logging. SRSL also undertake sanitary surveys, which involve analysis of water samples for E.coli; a service SRSL currently provides for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
SRSL are experts in designing robust survey plans with industry-standard methodologies to help expedite regulatory approval for our clients. Our surveys are conducted with the highest degree of scientific integrity and all fauna gathered are identified and enumerated using NMBACQ accredited laboratories. SRSL analyse and interpret all data in-house using a variety of univariate, multivariate and GIS techniques.
Our service packages include full survey planning and management, laboratory analysis and technical reporting.