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Mapping habitats and biotopes from acoustic datasets to strengthen the information base of Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters 2014

Marine JNCC Publications Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 Evidence JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitat Mapping Marine Habitats Marine protected area 503 EUNIS Drop camera Grabs Multibeam echo sounder Multi-beam echo sounder still and video imagery Towed video Video Tows

Abstract

The objective of this project was to generate seabed habitat maps for locations coinciding with Scottish MPA proposals 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). The acoustic data were at various stages of processing and interpretation, therefore the mapping of habitats and biotopes in some areas have required a greater amount of work to reach the same level compared to other areas.

The maps produced make an important contribution to the evidence base for the presence and extent of MPA search features underpinning the identification of proposed MPAs in Scotland’s seas.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2014·01·01

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, JNCC Report No. 503, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
Work to identify MPAs is being delivered by the Scottish MPA Project, a joint project between Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, JNCC, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·02·21

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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