UKSeaMap 2010 - predictive mapping of seabed habitats
The UKSeaMap 2010 project
has produced a new seabed habitat map for the UK marine area. It
builds on the previous work of MESH (2008), UKSeaMap 2006 and the
Irish Sea Pilot (2004). Newly available data products and an
enhanced predictive approach were used to prepare the input data
EUNIS habitat classification system
Input data layers:
- Seabed substrates
- Proportion of surface light reaching the seabed
- Energy (disturbance) at the seabed caused by tidal
- Energy (disturbance) at the seabed caused by waves
- Seabed habitat map based on the EUNIS classification
- Confidence layer
- Updated map of coastal physiographic features
- Interactive mapping portal for viewing and querying data layers
The UKSeaMap 2010 final report, UKSeaMap 2010: predictive mapping of seabed habitats
in UK waters (JNCC Report No. 446), is available online.
The data layers can now be viewed through an interactive
mapping portal (see below).
In places, the main report refers to technical
reports/appendices for more detailed information on
several topics. These can be downloaded below:
(PDF; 1,633 KB)
penetration (PDF; 291 KB)
(PDF; 3,395 KB)
- Energy (PDF;
the relationship between substrate and energy data (PDF; 309
of UKSeaMap 2010 predictive habitat map with other predictive
habitat maps and maps derived from surveys (PDF; 2,028 KB)
review of confidence assessment methods (PDF; 1,452 KB)
The interactive mapping portal (or "webGIS") is a free resource
for viewing and downloading seabed habitat maps produced by the
UKSeaMap modelling process as well as input data layers such as
energy, depth and light penetration.
Visit the mapping portal.
The portal allows you to browse, zoom to and query areas of
interest. General guidance is available on how
to use the site. Also see links next to individual layer names
for descriptions of each layer.
Give feedback on the mapping portal.
Find out more
MESH project website
Pilot Project (2004)
habitat classification system
For further information contact
Marine Ecosystems Team
UKSeaMap 2010 is funded through funds which remained after
UKSeaMap 2006. UKSeaMap 2006 funding partners, as well as the JNCC,
are Defra, Scottish
Government, Department for Energy and Climate
Change (formerly Department of Trade and Industry), The Crown Estate, Natural Resources
Wales (formerly Countryside Council for Wales), Natural England (formerly
English Nature), WWF-UK, and the Royal Society for the Protection of
Birds. The project has also received European Regional
Development Funding through the INTERREG III B Community Initiative,
as part of the Development of a Framework for Mapping European
Seabed Habitats project (MESH).