EUSeaMap. A European broad-scale seabed habitat map. Final Report

Jacques Populus, Mickaël Vasquez, James Albrecht, Eleonora Manca, Sabrina Agnesi, Zyad Al-Hamdani, Jesper Andersen, Aldo Annunziatellis, Trine Bekkby, Antonello Bruschi, Valentina Doncheva, Vivi Drakopoulou, Graeme Duncan, Roberto Inghilesi, Chara Kyriakidou, Francesco Lalli, Helen Lillis, Giulia Mo, Mihaela Muresan, Maria SalomidiDimitris Sakellariou, Mika Simboura, Adrian Teaca, Devrim Tezcan, Valentina Todorova, Leonardo Tunesi

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In order to most benefit from the potential offered by the European marine basins in terms of growth and employment (Blue Growth), and to protect the marine environment, we need to know more about the seafloor. European Directives, such as the MSFD, but also the Horizon 2020 roadmap explicitly called for a multi-resolution full coverage of all European seas including bathymetry, geology and habitats.

The present work, following on a suite of past initiatives, has made a big step forward in this direction. It has first boosted the collation of existing maps from surveys by setting up a framework and a procedure to encourage people to submit their maps and data. This resulted in a more attractive EMODnet seabed habitat portal and a snowball effect with more and more people willing to join. However, collation will eventually come to an end and as new creations of seabed habitat maps are so complex and time-consuming, a cost-efficient way to meet the need for a full-coverage habitat map was found to be low-resolution maps and models to predict seafloor habitat types.
Antal sider174
StatusUdgivet - 2017


  • Programområde 5: Natur og klima


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