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Identification of Littoral and Sublittoral Rock biotopes from community analysis results 2019


This report documents the process of attempting to analyse the UK dataset to test the validity of the current biotopes, incorporating new data collated since the classification was published in 2004 and identifying any new biotopes.

####Summary The existing Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland was developed in the late 1990s with the last wholesale update in 2004. Since then, a large amount of data has been collected by survey throughout Britain. The classification is being updated in stages, with the most recent update, adding a deep-sea section, in 2015. Updates to the Littoral and Sublittoral Sediment parts of the classification are underway with analysis of sublittoral sediment data performed in 2016 and subject to expert review in 2017.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·02·18

Johnston, C.M., Northen, K., Holt, R. & Parry, M., (2019), Identification of Littoral and Sublittoral Rock biotopes from community analysis results, JNCC Report No. 612, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

The project reported here was commissioned to review outputs of cluster analysis of community data from the Littoral and Sublittoral Rock sections of the classification, with a view to identifying new biotopes from the data obtained since 2004 and reviewing and updating biotopes from those sections of the classification.

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·07·01

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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