Report 557
Conceptual Ecological Modelling of Shallow Sublittoral Mud Habitats to Inform Indicator Selection
(2015)
Coates, D.A., Alexander, D., Stafford, R. & Herbert, R.J.H.
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.
 

Introduction

 

It is intended that the models produced by this project will be used to guide indicator selection for the monitoring of this habitat in UK waters. CEMs will eventually be produced for a range of habitat types defined under the UK Marine Biodiversity Monitoring R&D Programme (UKMBMP), which, along with stressor models designed to show the interactions within impacted habitats, would form the basis of a robust method for indicator selection. This project builds on the work to develop CEMs for shallow sublittoral coarse sediment habitats (Alexander. 2014).


 
 
 
ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Coates, D.A., Alexander, D., Stafford, R. & Herbert, R.J.H., (2015), Conceptual Ecological Modelling of Shallow Sublittoral Mud Habitats to Inform Indicator Selection, JNCC Report 557, ISSN 0963 8091