Report 585
Conceptual Ecological Modelling of Shallow Sublittoral Sand Habitats to Inform Indicator Selection
(2016)
Coates, D.A., Alexander, D., Herbert, R.J.H. & Crowley, S.J.
This project is focused on producing a series of Conceptual Ecological Models (CEMs) for the marine habitat ‘Shallow Sublittoral Sand’.
 

Introduction

 
One method for selecting suitable indicators is the use of conceptual ecological models (CEMs). CEMs allow current knowledge about the links in marine ecosystems to be drawn together in a diagrammatic way to highlight the ecological aspects of marine ecosystems that are important for monitoring (e.g. Gross 2003; Manley et al 2000; Maddox et al 1999). CEMs have been utilised for various purposes, including to facilitate understanding of the processes which occur in sensitive ecosystems (e.g. Wingard & Lorenz 2014) and to examine the role of invasive species in restored ecosystems (Doren et al 2009).
 

This project is focussed on producing a series of CEMs for the marine habitat ‘Shallow Sublittoral Sand’, following development of CEMs for the habitats ‘Shallow Sublittoral Coarse Sediment’ (Alexander et al 2014), ‘Shallow Sublittoral Mud’ (Coates et al 2015) and ‘Sublittoral Rock’ (Alexander et al 2015).

 
 
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ISSN 0963-8901
 
Please cite as: Coates, D.A., Alexander, D., Herbert, R.J.H. & Crowley, S.J., (2016), Conceptual Ecological Modelling of Shallow Sublittoral Sand Habitats to Inform Indicator Selection, JNCC Report 585, ISSN 0963-8901