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Scotland starts largest citizen-science project on coasts

The Oban-based Scottish Association for Marine Science has launched the world’s largest citizen-science project in the discipline.

The Capturing Our Coast scheme, which aims to train 3,000 volunteers to monitor and sample sites along Scotland’s coasts, was announced by the association on 12 January.

In a statement, the association—a charity funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund that carries out research on marine-related areas, led by the University of Newcastle—said that the citizen scientists would help to measure the effects of this winter’s severe storm on coastal animals and plants.

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