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Statistical advice to the Marine Habitats Monitoring project under Framework Agreement C10-206-0387 2015

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey Seabed Habitats and Geology 0963-8091 Evidence JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitat Mapping Marine Habitats Marine protected area Monitoring Surveillance and Monitoring 545

Abstract

JNCC is leading a partnership of the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCBs), working on developing options for an integrated approach to monitoring marine biodiversity across UK waters. This is part of the UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS) and aims to encompass existing policy and statutory obligations for monitoring and assessment.

The driving objective behind the integrated UK biodiversity monitoring programme is to provide the necessary evidence to support timely and scientifically robust advice for the management of human activities, as well as to fulfil the national and international obligations for monitoring and assessment. To achieve this need, the monitoring scheme requires the selection of metrics that are capable of separating impacts from human activities from naturally occurring cycles and trends. At the same time, a sampling design is needed that provides representative estimates of the selected metrics.

As part of the work to develop monitoring options for UK biodiversity, JNCC is looking to develop sampling design options to measure the status, and the rate and direction of long-term change in the condition of bathyal habitats along the Scottish Continental Slope and within the Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC). To achieve this objective, JNCC requires a sampling design that provides robust information to distinguish directional trends (natural and human-induced) from short-scale variability in space and time, and hence allows background variation in habitat condition to be measured so that any change detected can be put within the context of the natural variation of the system.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2015·03·01

Citation
Wilding, T.A., Nickell, T.D., Hughes, D.J., Narayanaswamy, B.E., Burrows, M.T. & Hausrath, J. (2015) Statistical advice to the Marine Habitats Monitoring project under Framework Agreement C10-206-0387, JNCC Report No. 545, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

Lineage
As part of the UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS), JNCC led a partnership of the statutory nature conservation bodies (SNCBs), to develop options for an integrated approach to monitoring marine biodiversity across UK waters.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·09·30

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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