Inshore Diving Surveys


JNCC has a scientific diving team to carry out high-value underwater surveys within inshore marine habitats. The team use SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) and a range of underwater survey tools, including cameras (stills and video), cores, tapes and slates to carry out their survey work. The scientific diving team perform two key roles within the UK:


  1. To support statutory seabed monitoring programmes throughout the UK, within each of the devolved administrations;
  2. To research and develop new and innovative marine monitoring methods that are robust, efficient and cost-effective. Read our latest dive survey report, “Methodological trials: Recording subtidal epibiota in situ and in photographs, Portrush August 2013 and Sound of Mull August 2014”.


All team members are trained to national HSE diving at work standards. The scientific diving team are also active members of the UK Scientific Diving and Supervisory Committee. Through its membership JNCC makes significant contributions to scientific diving policy, while also enhancing their commitment to diving safety in the UK.   

Surveyor recording from a quadrat on a transect on Lochaline wall, in the Sound of Mull (left); camera and photo quadrat equipment (right), © JNCC 2014.


 An example of a quadrat on Auliston Point transect (left) and Lochaline wall transect (right), in the Sound of Mull © JNCC 2014.


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