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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This report describes the findings of a desk study carried out by British Geological Survey (BGS) for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) covering the Braemar Pockmarks SCI area. The Braemar Pockmarks SCI is located in the UK Northern North Sea in the vicinity of the Braemar field (UKCS Block 16/3). This site was submitted to the European Commission on 31st August 2008, under the EC Habitats Directive: 1180 Submarine structure made by leaking gases, and was approved as a Site of Community Importance (SCI) by the European Commission.
This report is the product of a desk study by the British Geological Survey (BGS) for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). The scope of the desk study included a comparison of the JNCC 2012 multibeam/sidescan dataset from the Scanner and Braemar pockmarks areas in the northern North Sea with similar historic datasets noting morphological change. Also within scope were a record of gas seepage and Methane-Derived Authigenic Carbonate (MDAC) observations and an examination of sedimentation rates and evidence of anthropogenic causes of sedimentation.
This report describes the results from a semi-automated approach to the mapping of bedrock outcropping at the seabed.
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), on behalf of the Marine Renewables Ornithology Group (MROG), convened a two day expert workshop on assessing displacement impacts to seabirds from Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs) on 6-7 May 2015 at SNH offices, Perth.
The purpose of the workshop was to review new and existing evidence of seabird displacement from OWFs.
To support Scottish Natural Heritage in identifying possible marine SPAs and to provide the necessary quantitative evidence on inshore aggregations of seaduck, divers and grebes, JNCC completed a multi-year programme of surveys and analysis, the results of which are presented in this report.
The optimal management of natural resources requires accurate land cover and habitat information across a range of spatial and thematic scales. This research is concerned with broad-scale habitat/land cover mapping from satellites. It focuses on the use of medium resolution satellite data, specifically Landsat-type data. The availability of Landsat and Landsat-type data for operational Earth Observation (EO) products appears secure in the medium-term after the successful launch of Landsat 8 in 2013 and the imminent launch of ESA’s Sentinel-2 satellites. SPOT, IRS and DMC sensors can provide similar data.
As consistency in recording has long been an issue with in situ monitoring of benthic communities the decision was taken to examine this issue within the JNCC dive team's programme of work.
In order to manage the marine environment effectively, it is necessary for decision makers to have access to suitable tools for identifying the state of marine biodiversity, and where a change in state occurs, to identify possible manageable causes. The use of indicators provides one such method, as a proxy for ecological status.
This report explores how UK businesses consider the value of natural capital in their decision-making. In particular, it documents the findings of an investigation into the motivations of business with regards to natural capital, including relevant factors such as their ways of working, institutional barriers encountered, informational and data needs and opportunities for realising nature’s value and the sustainable use of natural capital.
The purpose of this report is to produce a series of Conceptual Ecological Models (CEMs) that represent the shallow sublittoral mud habitat in the UK. CEMs are diagrammatic representations of the influences and processes that occur within an ecosystem. The models can be used to identify critical aspects of an ecosystem that may be developed 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 unimpacted state of the environment, free from anthropogenic pressures.