Assigning the EUNIS classifications to UK’s Offshore Regional Seas 2020
In March 2017, JNCC contracted the Marine Biological Association (MBA) to undertake a project entitled ‘Assigning the EUNIS classifications to UK’s Offshore Regional Seas’ (Tillin et al. 2020). This work followed the approach taken by Natural England in their equivalent UK regional seas project for the English territorial seas, however a slightly different method was followed. The JNCC project sub-divided the Charting Progress 2 (CP2) regional seas (known as ‘regions’) from the offshore environment into sub-regions, based upon their environmental characteristics.
The project assigned a list of relevant EUNIS biotopes to each bioregion based on a series of rules. Biotopes were listed as either ‘Yes’, ‘Possible’, ‘Unlikely’ or ‘No’ to show whether they were present in each bioregion, based upon survey data, environmental information, species records, literature and expert judgement. Two spreadsheets were produced as part of the JNCC project. The presence-absence spreadsheet lists whether or not biotopes occur in each of the UK’s offshore regional seas and subregions; and the biotope database provides the evidence behind these decisions. The report and contract output spreadsheets were updated in 2020 following peer-review.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2020·04·24
Tillin, H.M., Hughes, E., Readman, J.A.J., Hiscock, K. & Last, E.K. 2020. Assigning the EUNIS classifications to UK’s Offshore Regional Seas. JNCC Report No. 647. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
Information contained here has been derived from data that is made available under the European Marine Observation Data Network Seabed Habitats project, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).
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Metadata date 2020·04·29
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