JNCC publishes reports arising from its scientific work on a
wide range of topics under the series title JNCC Reports (ISSN 0963
8091). For more details contact the communications team:
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The JNCC’s Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland has been widely used by Government bodies, academic institutions, the private sector and regional projects. It is generally thought to be highly beneficial, but a number of concerns have surfaced as the Classification continues to be used for a widening range of purposes. There is now scope to further develop the Classification in response to issues highlighted by users. This Report summarises user issues in order to identify and prioritise future development work.
There is compelling evidence that atmospheric deposition of reactive nitrogen represents a major threat to biodiversity in Europe.
The purpose of this study is to produce a series of Conceptual Ecological Models (CEMs) that represent the Shallow Sublittoral Coarse Sediment Habitat in the UK. CEMs are diagrammatic representations of the influences and processes that occur within an ecosystem. They can be used to identify critical aspects of an ecosystem that may be taken forward for further study, or serve as the basis for the selection of indicators for environmental monitoring purposes. The models produced by this project are ‘control diagrams’, representing the state of the environment free from adverse anthropogenic impacts and pressures.
This report provides JNCC's scientific advice to Marine Scotland on broad issues raised in 40 consultation reponses, as well as our scientific advice in response to questions on pMPAs located within Scotland's offshore waters.
This report describes the technical procedures for the population of an SQL Server Spatial database, with data provided by third party Web Feature Services (WFS), taking into account INSPIRE specifications.
The outputs from this study will support JNCC in its goal of embedding the ecosystem services framework in decision making.
In order to improve our knowledge of the deep-sea habitat in UK waters, this study was undertaken to further characterise and verifiy suspected records of deep-sea sponge aggregations by applying the habitat definition provided by OSPAR (OSPAR, 2010). A total of 111 suspected records were assessed from areas including the Faroe-Shetland Channel, Wyville Thomson Ridge, Rockall Bank, Rosemary Bank Seamount, Hatton Bank, the Hebrides continental slope, George Bligh Bank and the Hatton-Rockall Basin.
A wealth of new information from recent research initiatives points to the need to better refine the definition of Coral Gardens habitat, and map the occurrences of Coral Gardens in UK waters. This study set out to use information on key species components of Coral Gardens to refine the definition of the feature for UK waters and to verify suspected records of the habitat.
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.
This paper provides an overview of the information to date on ash dieback in relation to its impact on UK biodiversity, long-term monitoring of such impacts and future research requirements. This document is aimed at UK policy makers and technical advisors within public bodies, in order to help manage their response to ash dieback.