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1714S Solan Bank Reef SCI Environmental Data Analysis 2016


The survey was to gather high resolution underwater video and still images of epibenthos, for use in evaluation of proposed supporting indicators for determination of shallow sublittoral rock habitat status.


Datasets of epibenthic taxa were generated from the processing of underwater video and still photograph, taken during a dedicated survey of the Solan Bank Reef site in 2014. Analyses were performed on each dataset separately to retain the possibility of comparing which sampling technique, if any, might be more effective in delivering data that revealed the most informative results. Both datasets revealed similar patterns in epibenthic composition across habitat types, between reef elevation categories and between biotopes. However, some of the limitations imposed by each sampling technique were evident in the results. These limitations have been discussed, and recommendations provided on when each technique might be deployed to best effect.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2016·05·01

Barrio Froján, C., (2016), 1714S Solan Bank Reef SCI Environmental Data Analysis, JNCC/Cefas Partnership Report Series No. 12, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2051-6711.

Developing shallow sublittoral rock habitat status indicators forms part of the UK’s obligations under the EC Marine Strategy Framework Directive to assess and achieve Good Environmental Status by 2020.

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 2019·07·17

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

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