Standardising the production of habitat maps in the UK: Seabed Mapping Working Group workshop report November 2015 2016
This report highlights the priorities for marine habitat mapping standardisation in the UK, as agreed by a range of practitioners and users of habitat maps.
The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) (2008/56/EC) requires each Member State to establish targets and indicators designed to guide progress towards achieving “good environmental status”; one of these indicators is “habitat area”. Reporting under the Article 17 of the Habitats Directive (92/14/EEC) has demonstrated that reported changes in habitat area between reporting periods are often not genuine changes and are more often a result of
different and/or improved mapping methods,
different and/or improved data and information sources, and
different and/or improved habitat definitions (JNCC 2013).
In 2013 a workshop of experts reiterated that these issues would need to be addressed before a habitat area indicator based on real measurements of area change can become operational (Frost et al 2013).
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2016·09·01
Lillis, H., Strong, J., Diesing, M. & Green, S., (2016), Standardising the production of habitat maps in the UK: Seabed Mapping Working Group workshop report November 2015, JNCC Report No. 596, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
Through the Seabed Mapping Working Group the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) organised a workshop that aimed to develop a joint plan for carrying out the recommendations of Strong (2015) and developing the “uncertainty reduction solutions”.
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Metadata date 2019·07·18
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