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Mapping habitats and biotopes from acoustic datasets to strengthen the information base of Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters – Phase 2 ((Eastern Approaches to the Firth of Forth) 2014

Marine JNCC Publications Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 Evidence JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitat Mapping Marine Habitats Marine protected area 526 EUNIS MNCR Multibeam echo sounder Multi-beam echo sounder

Abstract

The objective of this project was to generate seabed habitat maps for locations coinciding with Scottish possible Nature Conservation MPAs with full coverage acoustic datasets to as detailed a hierarchical level as possible within the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (version 04.05), also known as MNCR classification (Connor et al 2004).

Phase 2 of the project uses a top-down/rule-based methodology and is focussed on two areas: the Eastern Approaches to the Firth of Forth, and an area surveyed by Ifremer (The Barra Fan and Hebrides Terrace Seamount). This report deals with the Eastern Approaches to the Firth of Forth, with the Hebrides Terrace Seamount area being reported separately.

Phase one of the project investigated a range of mapping methods and focussed on four areas: Approaches to the Firth of Forth; Wee Bankie to Gourdon; Solan Bank to Fair Isle; and the West Shetland Shelf possible MPA.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2014·09·01

Citation
Sotheran, I. & Crawford-Avis, O. 2014. Mapping habitats and biotopes from acoustic datasets to strengthen the information base of Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters – Phase 2 (Eastern Approaches to the Firth of Forth), JNCC Report No. 526, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
A project to generate seabed habitat maps for locations coinciding with Scottish possible Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·11·02

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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