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Case Study Library
Irish Sea Pilot
One of MESH's key aims was to illustrating the value / necessity of having good spatial habitat maps for sustainable marine resource planning and development.  So case studies have been brought together to demonstrate:
  • good spatial planning / decision making where good habitat data was available;
  • bad spatial planning / decision making where inadequate habitat data was available; and,
  • the use of habitat mapping in environmental or conservation management.
Please find below a wealth of useful case studies.
Case Studies Library
File Name Type Size
Case Study: A comparison of soft classification techniques PDF 312kb
Case Study: Appropriate use of multi-beam vs AGDS PDF 734kb
Case Study: Sound of Arisaig - candidate Special Area of Conservation PDF 76kb
Case Study: Complimentary acoustic survey techniques - surveying sandbanks in the Moray Firth cSAC PDF 854kb
Case Study: Eastern Channel Regional Environmental Assessment and monitoring for aggregates PDF 123kb
Case Study: Evaluating seabed mapping techniques* PDF 14 MB
Case Study: Multiple use zoning in UK and Manx waters of the Irish Sea PDF 1951kb
Case Study: Sea fisheries and European marine site, Flamborough Head PDF 263kb
Case Study: Habitat mapping at different scales as predictors of socio-economic activity - Highland shellfish management PDF 1.5 MB
Case Study: Assessment of human pressure on seabed features PDF 207kb
Case Study: Optimal detection and identification of biogenic structures using side scan sonar* PDF 27MB
Case Study: Marine sand extraction in the Netherlands PDF 68kb
Case Study: Marine spatial planning pilot - senario tidal stream energy PDF 95kb
Case Study: Maximum likelihood classification of AGDS data PDF 120kb
Case Study: Nested survey design PDF 562kb
Case Study: Optimal track spacing for AGDS PDF 305kb
Case Study: Prior probability classification PDF 782kb
Case Study: Redundancy of acoustic and video ground truth survey data - Loch Maddy SAC PDF 2 MB
Case Study: Piloting the use of drop down scanning sonar for the detection of reef features (Sabellaria) PDF 765kb

Case Study: Using statistics to support survey design

PDF 371kb
Case Study: Sussex Sea Fisheries management PDF 383kb
Case Study: Temporal use of AGDS PDF 259kb
Case Study: The use of video techniques for ground truthing PDF 740kb
*Large file: please be aware this make take time to download. 
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