Report 520
Conceptual Ecological Modelling of Shallow Sublittoral Coarse Sediment Habitats to Inform Indicator Selection
(2014)
Alexander, D., Colcombe, A., Chambers, C. & Herbert, R.J.H.
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.
 

Introduction

It is intended that the models produced by this project will be used to inform indicator selection for the monitoring of this habitat in UK waters. CEMs may eventually be produced for all habitat types defined under the UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Research and Development Programme (UKMBMP), which along with stressor models, which are designed to show the interactions within impacted habitats, would form the basis of a robust method for indicator selection. This project has developed the first series of CEMs within this programme and will inform the future potential roll out to all other habitats.
 
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ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Alexander, D., Colcombe, A., Chambers, C. & Herbert, R.J.H., (2014), Conceptual Ecological Modelling of Shallow Sublittoral Coarse Sediment Habitats to Inform Indicator Selection, JNCC Report 520, ISSN 0963 8091