Photo: The Crown Estate Scotland Spatial Hub (Screenshot/Crown Estate Scotland Spatial Hub)

Crown Estate Scotland shares offshore energy data with the world

Through a new website, Crown Estate Scotland has made available the information on offshore wind farms, wave and tidal energy sites, along with cable and pipeline agreements as free open datasets for the public.

The Crown Estate Scotland Spatial Hub (Screenshot/Crown Estate Scotland Spatial Hub)
The Crown Estate Scotland Spatial Hub (Screenshot/Crown Estate Scotland Spatial Hub)

Crown Estate Scotland manages property – including buildings, land, coastline, and seabed – on behalf of the Scottish people. Together, these assets and property form the Scottish Crown Estate.

The estate’s purpose is to invest in property, natural resources, and people to generate lasting value for Scotland.

To make data widely available, Crown Estate Scotland has launched a dedicated website – the Crown Estate Scotland Spatial Hub – that provides access to data layers that can be added to personal GIS applications, and to downloadable datasets in formats such as PDF, CSV, and GIS shapefile.

“We hope to attract a broad range of users to the hub, from members of the public interested in our maps to developers and spatial analysts who want direct access to our most-up-to-date spatial data layers,” said Crown Estate Scotland.

The estate has also published some of its open data to ESRI’s Living Atlas, which will expose its authoritative datasets to international interest.

Crown Estate Scotland, formed in April 2017, is responsible for around half the foreshore around Scotland, leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles and the right to offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon storage out to 200 nautical miles.


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