About EMODnet Seabed Habitats

Overview

Seabed Habitats is one of seven themes of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) initiative, which is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Since its inception in 2009, EMODnet Seabed Habitats has developed, improved and gradually increased the coverage of a broad-scale seabed habitat map for Europe's seabed, also known as EUSeaMap.

In addition, it continues the work started by MESH and MESH Atlantic projects of collating and making available seabed habitat maps from surveys, through the EMODnet Seabed Habitats interactive map.

From 2017, EMODnet Seabed Habitats will also be collating and making available habitat point data and the outputs of habitat distribution modelling.

View of EMODnet Seabed Habitats interactive map

All habitat maps, data and confidence assessments produced and collated by the EMODnet Seabed Habitats consortium are available publically for free through the interactive map.

Work packages

WP1 Environmental data preparation – lead partner: Ifremer (FR)
WP2 Thresholds, modelling & confidence for broad-scale physical habitat map – lead partner: Ifremer (FR)
WP3 Individual habitat modelling – lead partner: SYKE (FI)
WP4 Ground-truthing data collation – lead partner: ISPRA (I)
WP5 Library of habitat maps – lead partner: Marine Institute (IR)
WP6 Portal and EUNIS application – lead partner: JNCC (UK)
WP7 Coordination and communication – lead partner: JNCC (UK)

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