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State of The Coast (SOTC)

The Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Coast


Marine and coastal environment


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Our Purpose & Role

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Online information about the coasts of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

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Information about the coastal environment

Our Team

The State of the Coast website is developed and managed by a team of people in the East Grampian Coastal Partnership (EGCP).

Ian Hay - Project Manager EGCP Ltd.

Ian Hay

Project Manager

Ian Hay is the Marine Directorate Project Manager with EGCP Ltd. helping to increase awareness of coastal issues and seek solutions, aiding the delivery of Integrated Coastal Zone Management, and promoting a thriving environment for both people and wildlife. He is a keen wildlife photographer, and conducts whale watching events and cetacean surveys for EGCP, alongside our workshop events.

David R Green - Chair and Director EGCP Ltd.

David R Green

Chair and Director

David R. Green is the Director of the Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management (AICSM) and the MSc in GIS Degree Programme at the University of Aberdeen. His background is in Coastal Management, Coastal Ecology, Marine Spatial Planning, GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartography and UAVs. He is the author of a number of books on Coastal Management, GIS and UAVs and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Coastal Conservation, Planning & Management. David is a keen sailor.

Adam Barker

Student Intern

Originally from South Yorkshire, I grew up as an active individual thriving in the outdoors. At 18, I began working as an apprentice outdoor activity instructor in the heart of the Peak District National Park. This role led me to coach and instruct activities such as stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, canoeing, and camping. My work took me across the globe to places like China and Hong Kong, where I engaged with diverse clientele from various cultures, faiths, and organizations. Through these activities, I developed a deep sense of environmental stewardship, particularly regarding the oceans. The COVID-19 pandemic brought my work in mainland China to a halt, necessitating my return to the UK. With no degree or higher education to rely on, I decided to take control of my career by becoming a freelance outdoor instructor. Simultaneously, I enrolled at the University of Aberdeen. 


Ten years after starting as an apprentice, I now have a solid clientele of businesses seeking my instructor services and I am about to begin my fourth year of a BSc in Marine Biology. In 2023, I added a Divemaster internship to my repertoire of skills, further developing myself professionally. This, alongside my degree, has helped me better understand the dynamics of our natural environments and how humans interact with them. My aim is to leverage my past and present experiences and skills to highlight information regarding the coastal environment within the North East Scotland Marine Region. I plan to achieve this through surveying, data collection, and analysis, enabling policymakers and the general public to make informed decisions when visiting and developing the region.


Contact us

Telephone: +44 01224272324


Address: Aberdeenshire Council


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