Predictive mapping of seabed features within protected areas in Scottish Marine areas
Outcomes: Authors were able to predictively model the extent of protected Annex I features within Scottish Marine Protected Areas, Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protected Areas, where survey data did not exist.
How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: Data on physical variables were freely available for the areas of interest.
Nature Scot – Scottish Natural Heritage (Nature Scot)
When was it used: 2017
What product was used: EUSeaMap 2016, light attenuation, wave and current kinetic energy at seabed.
How was the product used: Environmental variables that influence habitat type were used as inputs for the three predictive modelling techniques. By identifying relationships between habitats and environmental conditions, a predictive extent and associated confidence in predictions could be mapped.
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