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Monitoring guidance for marine benthic habitats (Revised June 2018) 2018


This guidance aims to supply the reader with the information necessary to develop robust benthic monitoring programmes.

Marine benthic monitoring programmes produce evidence against which to evaluate the cause and direction of change in the marine environment. This ‘best-practice’ guidance aims to provide the information necessary to develop robust monitoring programmes that accurately identify change in the benthic environment. The guidance combines established ecological theory and protocols with JNCC advice and recommendations on benthic monitoring, by means of a step-wise framework which details key stages in the development of a monitoring programme.

This is a revised version, incorporating a number of minor amendments, and supersedes the previous version of JNCC Report No. 598, published in 2017.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2018·06·01

Noble-James, T., Jesus, A. & McBreen, F. (2018) Monitoring guidance for marine benthic habitats (Revised June 2018), JNCC Report 598, ISSN 0963-8091

This document presents a stepwise framework which can be used to plan and design a monitoring programme for marine benthic habitats, from setting objectives to statistical analysis.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·09·20

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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