Updates to the EUSeaMap broad-scale habitat map in the Black Sea - released
We have released a new version of the Black Sea broad-scale habitat map (EUSeaMap 2016). It is available from our interactive Map Viewer and to download as part of the EUSeaMap download package .The Black Sea correlation table used to translate Black Sea habitats to MSFD Benthic Broad Habitat Types has also been updated and is available as part of the EUSeaMap download package and as an Annex to the EUSeaMap 2016 technical report.
The habitat classification for the Black Sea used by EUSeaMap2016 was reviewed by Black Sea benthic habitat experts during a workshop held in Varna, Bulgaria in April this year. The objective of the workshop was to identify areas of improvement for the broad-scale habitat map that was produced in EMODnet Phase 2 in the Black Sea. One key output is a revised list of habitat classes relevant for broad-scale habitat mapping. Some habitat classes that were defined in Phase 2 were renamed, other ones were removed and new ones were created. As a result, the EUSeaMap broad-scale habitat map and the MSFD Benthic Broad Habitat Types habitat maps in the Black Sea are substantially different from those that were produced in Phase 2, with improved spatial consistency across borders.