Report 446
UK SeaMap 2010 Predictive mapping of seabed habitats in UK waters
(2011)
McBreen, F., Askew, N., Cameron, A., Connor, D., Ellwood, H., Carter, A.
UKSeaMap 2010 was established to produce an ecologically relevant, full-coverage map of seabed habitats across the entire UK marine area

Summary

 

UKSeaMap 2010 builds on previous work to develop predictive habitat models using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), particularly UKSeaMap 2006 and the MESH project.  The importance of seabed habitat mapping has been increasingly recognised in recent years.  Information on seabed habitats is essential both for the development of new economic activities and for assessing the impact of these activities on the marine environment

The report provides a full coverage predictive seabed habitat map for the sublittoral UK marine area using the EUNIS (2007-11) classification, filling the geographic gaps evident in earlier predictive mapping projects (UKSeaMap 2006 and MESH) UKSeaMap’s primary purpose is to provide a national and regional perspective on the UK’s marine habitats, including their distribution and extent, to support national and regional scale planning and management requirements.

 

 

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ISBN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: McBreen, F., Askew, N., Cameron, A., Connor, D., Ellwood, H., Carter, A., (2011), UK SeaMap 2010 Predictive mapping of seabed habitats in UK waters, JNCC Report 446, ISBN 0963 8091