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Scotland’s environment is a precious and unique resource and we have a duty to protect it through our monitoring and reporting activities.

Our people include experts from many scientific fields, including hydrology, chemistry, ecology and geology.

By monitoring and reporting on the quality of the land and water around us, we can build a body of knowledge which helps to inform how best to protect the environment.

This section of our website explains more about the environmental issues we report on, how they affect our regulatory activities, how we use our knowledge to create a bigger picture of the state of Scotland’s environment, and contains links to a variety of useful data sources, publications and online resources.