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Assessing the sensitivity of subtidal sedimentary habitats to pressures associated with marine activities – Phase 1 Report 2014

Marine Human Activities JNCC Publications Pressures Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 Evidence JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitats Monitoring Surveillance and Monitoring 512A

Abstract

JNCC commissioned this project to generate an improved understanding of the sensitivities of subtidal sedimentary habitats, found in UK waters, to pressures associated with human activities in the marine environment. This work will contribute to supporting management advice provided for Marine Protected Areas, as well as UK marine monitoring and assessment work.

This report presents the results of Phase I of this project, which was to provide a rationale and propose ecological groupings (based on characterising species) against which sensitivity assessments would be best undertaken. These ecological groups were to be based on 33 Level 5 biotopes that fall under Level 2 ‘sublittoral sediment’ of the current version of the Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (Connor et al 2004). A further two Level 6 sub-biotopes were included as these contained distinctive characterising species not included in the Level 5 parent biotope.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2014·08·01

Citation
Tillin, H. & Tyler-Walters, H. 2014. Assessing the sensitivity of subtidal sedimentary habitats to pressures associated with marine activities – Phase 1 Report, JNCC Report No. 512A. JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
This project was commissioned to generate an improved understanding of the sensitivities of subtidal sedimentary habitats, found in UK waters, to pressures associated with human activities in the marine environment.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·10·31

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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