MESH Surveys

Seabed habitat maps are created from data collected during field surveys. How the data are collected, both in terms of the equipment used and how it is deployed, has a significant influence on the quality of the final map. MESH Project Partners carried out a series of surveys to investigate their ideas on best practices for the different survey techniques used in habitat mapping. The surveys also served the purpose of collecting new data to support modelling and mapping activities.

The below table provides key details on the surveys carried out by the MESH Project Partners between 2003 and 2007, with a link to each survey report.

Survey code Survey name Partner Date Regional sea
01-03-01 West Hebrides July 2004 JNCC Jul-04 Minches & West Scotland
01-04-01 West Hebrides September 2004 JNCC Sep-04 Minches & West Scotland
01-04-02 Isle of Man Sandbank 2004 JNCC Nov-04 Irish Sea
01-05-02 North & West Anglesey 2004 JNCC Aug-05 Irish Sea
01-07-01 SW Approaches MESH Survey, R/V Celtic Explorer Cruise CE0705, BGS Project 07/06 JNCC Jun-07 Celtic Sea
01-04-03 West Hebrides November 2004 JNCC Nov-04 Minches & West Scotland
02-05-01 05-341: survey of Hinder Banken gravel fields UGent Jun-05 Southern North Sea
02-05-02 ST0502: survey of areas Hinder Banken and Sierra Ventana UGent Feb-05 Southern North Sea
02-05-04 ST0515: survey of Hinder Banken south UGent Jun-05 Southern North Sea
02-05-05 ST0517: survey of areas Sierra Ventana, Akkaert Bank and Kwinte Bank UGent Jul-05 Southern North Sea
02-05-06 ST0528: survey of Sierra Ventana UGent Nov-05 Southern North Sea
02-05-03 ST0529: survey of area Sierra Ventana UGent Nov-05 Southern North Sea
02-06-03 ST0602: survey of northern part of the Belgian Continental Shelf UGent Feb-06 Southern North Sea
02-06-05 06-401: survey of Sierra Ventana UGent Jun-06 Southern North Sea
02-07-01 ST0709: survey of Sierra Ventana UGent Apr-07 Southern North Sea
02-07-03 07-222: survey of Vlakte van de Raan UGent Apr-07 Southern North Sea
02-07-04 ST0624: survey of areas Vlakte van de Raan and Wenduine Bank UGent Nov-06 Southern North Sea
02-07-06 ST0703b: survey of Vlakte van de Raan UGent Feb-07 Southern North Sea
03-05-07 REBENT (Abers) Lidar hydrographic survey Ifremer Jun-05 Western Channel
03-05-04 REBENT 6 (Abers/Audierne) - Acoustics Ifremer Apr-05 Western Channel
03-05-05 REBENT 7 (Abers/Audierne) - Biology Ifremer Jun-05 Western Channel
03-05-06 REBENT (Abers) shallow accoustics Ifremer Jun-05 Western Channel
03-06-03 Rebent/Mesh (Trégor) - Dual topogragic/hydrographic Lidar survey Ifremer Jun-06 Western Channel
03-07-01

MESH kelp modelling validation survey

Ifremer 2007 Western Channel
03-04-01 Rebent 4 (Vilaine) Ifremer Oct-04 & Nov-04 Bay of Biscay
04-05-01 Survey of areas in Minches and Irish Sea 2 Marine Institute Sep-05 Irish Continental Shelf
04-06-01 Survey of areas in Minches and Irish Sea 3 (CV06_03_MESH) Marine Institute Aug-06 Minches & West Scotland
04-05-02

Survey of areas in Minches and Irish Sea 1

(Report not available)

Marine Institute Oct-05 & Nov-05 Irish Continental Shelf
05-07-01

Side scan sonar survey of subtidal musselbeds

(Report not available)

Wageningen IMARES Sept-06, Nov-06 & Apr-07 Southern North Sea
05-07-02 Sidescan sonar survey of intertidal musselbeds, Balgzand Bank Wageningen IMARES September & October 2007 Southern North Sea
05-07-03 Cruise Oyster grounds and Frisian Front (Dutch Continental shelf) Wageningen IMARES 2007 Southern North Sea
06-05-01 Doggerbank April 2005 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Apr-05 Southern North Sea
06-05-02 Doggerbank May 2005 TNO (IMARES & NITG) May-05 Southern North Sea
06-06-04 Doggerbank 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Mar-06 & Apr-06 Southern North Sea
06-04-02 Doggerbank 2004 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Mar-04 Southern North Sea
06-05-08 Zandige kust (Sandy Coast) TNO (IMARES & NITG) Oct-05 Southern North Sea
06-06-01 Vlakte van de Raan, Jan 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Jan-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-02 Oosterschelde, Feb 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Feb-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-03 Oosterschelde, April 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Apr-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-05 MWTL NorthSea benthos TNO (IMARES & NITG) Mar-06 & Apr-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-06 Hoek van Holland 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Jun-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-07 Western Wadden Sea, May 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) May-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-08 Balgzand Bank 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Oct-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-09 Thornton Bank 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Oct-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-10 Monitoring B13 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Sep-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-11 Monitoring of dumpsite, 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Aug-06 Southern North Sea
06-06-12 Brown Bank 2006 TNO (IMARES & NITG) Nov-06 Southern North Sea
07-05-01 Cefas Monitoring Survey CEND 09/05 Cefas May-05 & Jun-05 Eastern Channel
07-05-02 Eastern English Channel Marine Habitat Map (EECMHM) [CEND12/05] Cefas 2005 & 2006 Eastern Channel
07-06-01 Eastern English Channel Marine Habitat Map (EECMHM) [CEND14/06] Cefas 2005 & 2006 Eastern Channel
07-04-01 Hastings Aggregates Sites [CEND06/04] Cefas Summer 2004 Eastern Channel
08-05-01 Corystes CO 18 2005, survey of Irish Sea/W Scotland AFBI May-05 Irish Sea
08-06-01 MESH North Western Shelf Consortium ground-truth survey AFBI Jun-06 Irish Sea
04-04-01 Stanton Banks video & sidescan AFBI Jun-04 Irish Sea
04-04-02 West Hebrides July 2004 AFBI Jul-04 Scottish Continental Shelf
09-05-02 Eddystone reef survey Natural England Summer 2005 Western Channel
09-05-10 Lundy acoustic and ground truth surveys Natural England May-05 Irish Sea
09-05-11

Thames sandbank

Natural England Summer/Autumn 2005 Southern North Sea
09-04-01 Lundy European marine site (video) Natural England Summer 2004 Celtic Sea
09-04-02 South Wight European marine site (video component) Natural England Summer 2004 Eastern Channel
10-05-02 Comparison of three acoustic techniques from concurrent data sets Envision Mapping Ltd Jul-05 Southern North Sea
10-06-03 Sussex Sea Fisheries: using habitat mapping to predict socioeconomic activity Envision Mapping Ltd May-06 Eastern Channel
10-06-02 Wash intertidal reef: development of sonar techniques for biogenic identification Envision Mapping Ltd Sep-06 Southern North Sea
10-06-01 Strangford Lough: survey and investigations into use of complementary datasets for habitat mapping Envision Mapping Ltd Oct-06 Irish Sea
10-04-01

Wash/Lincolnshire coast

Envision Mapping Ltd Jul-03 Southern North Sea
10-04-02 Testing and evaluating the use of interferometrics for marine habitat mapping Envision Mapping Ltd Aug-04 Northern North Sea
12-05-01 Geological survey of areas in Minches, 2005 : shelf areas British Geological Survey Aug-05 Minches & West Scotland
12-05-02 Geological survey of areas in Minches, 2005 : deepwater areas British Geological Survey Aug-05 & Sept-05 Rockall Trough & Bank
12-06-01 Stanton Bank 4, 2006 (ref CD180) British Geological Survey Jun-06 Minches & West Scotland