EUSeaMap 2023, A European broad-scale seabed habitat map, Technical Report

Type Technical document (specification, manual)
Date 2023-11-10
Language English
Ref. EASME/EMFF/2020/3.1.11/Lot3/SI2.843624 – EMODnet Thematic Lot n° 3 – Seabed Habitats - D1.15
Author(s) Vasquez MickaëlORCID1, Ségeat Benjamin1, Cordingley Ashley9, Tilby Emily9, Wikström Sofia2, Ehrnsten Eva2, 13, Al Hamdani Zyad5, Agnesi Sabrina8, Andersen Mikkel Skovgaard5, Annunziatellis Aldo8, Askew Natalie9, Bekkby Trine11, Bentes Luis3, Daniels Elyana14, Doncheva Valentina7, Drakopoulou Vivi6, Ernstsen Verner Brandbyge5, Gonçalves Jorge3, Karvinen Ville12, Laamanen-Nicolas Leena12, Lillis Helen9, Loukaidi Valia6, Manca Eleonora9, McGrath Fergal10, Mo Giulia8, Monteiro Pedro3, Muresan Mihaela4, Nygard Henrik12, O'Keeffe Eimear10, Pelembe Tara14, Radicioli Martina8, Sakellariou Dimitris6, Teaca Adrian4, Todorova Valentina7, Tunesi Leonardo8, Woods Helen9
Affiliation(s) 1 : Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (“Ifremer”), 1625 route de Sainte Anne, Zone industrielle de la Pointe du Diable, 29280 Plouzané, France
2 : Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
3 : Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve (“CCMAR”), Universidade do Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
4 : National Institute of Research and Development for Marine Geology and Geoecology (“GeoEcoMar”), 23-25 Dimitrie Onciul Street, Sector 2, RO-024053, Bucharest, Romania
5 : Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (”GEUS”). Øster Voldgade 10, 1350, Copenhagen K, Denmark
6 : Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (“HCMR”), 46.7km Athens-Sounio Ave, Anavissos, 19013, Greece
7 : Institute of Oceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Science (“IO-BAS”), First May Str 40, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria
8 : Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (“ISPRA”), Via Vitaliano Brancati, 48 – 00144 – Roma – Italy
9 : Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Quay House, 2 East Station Road, Fletton Quays, Peterborough, PE2 8YY, UK
10 : Marine Institute (MI), Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway, Ireland
11 : Norwegian Institute for Water Research (“NIVA”), Gaustadallèen 21, NO‐0349 Oslo, Norway
12 : Finnish Environment Institute (“SYKE”), Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki, Finland
13 : Zoological Institute and Museum, University of Greifswald, Domstraße 8, 17489 Greifswald
14 : South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (“SAERI”) PO Box 609, Stanley Cottage, Stanley, FIQQ 1ZZ, Falkland Islands
DOI 10.13155/97116
Publisher EMODnet
Version 1

EUSeaMap 2023 is the sixth iteration of EUSeaMap. All versions have been produced as part of the EMODnet Seabed Habitats project, which is one of several thematic lots in EMODnet. The project has brought together a European consortium of specialists in benthic ecology and seabed habitat mapping. The partners first worked together in EMODnet Phase 1 (2009-2012) to develop a prototype predictive seabed habitat map in four test basins (Greater North Sea, Celtic Seas, Baltic Sea, Western Mediterranean). This predictive model was named EUSeaMap (Cameron and Askew, 2011). In EMODnet Phase 2 (2012-2016), the consortium extended the spatial coverage of EUSeaMap to all European regions (Populus el al., 2017). In Phase 3 (2017-2021), a first version (2019) extended the spatial coverage further north to include the Barents Sea, incorporated improved environmental data, and dramatically improved the spatial detail. In 2021 EUSeaMap was improved with new seabed substrate data and was published in new classifications, including the new version of the marine section of EUNIS, called EUNIS 2019. In this new version, called EUSeaMap 2023, EUSeaMap has been extended to the Caribbean Sea and the Caspian Sea. In Continental Europe, Macaronesia, Iceland and the Arctic, progress has been made in integrating new data on seabed substrate, bathymetry, wave energy and the probability of the occurrence of the halocline at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

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Vasquez Mickaël, Ségeat Benjamin, Cordingley Ashley, Tilby Emily, Wikström Sofia, Ehrnsten Eva, Al Hamdani Zyad, Agnesi Sabrina, Andersen Mikkel Skovgaard, Annunziatellis Aldo, Askew Natalie, Bekkby Trine, Bentes Luis, Daniels Elyana, Doncheva Valentina, Drakopoulou Vivi, Ernstsen Verner Brandbyge, Gonçalves Jorge, Karvinen Ville, Laamanen-Nicolas Leena, Lillis Helen, Loukaidi Valia, Manca Eleonora, McGrath Fergal, Mo Giulia, Monteiro Pedro, Muresan Mihaela, Nygard Henrik, O'Keeffe Eimear, Pelembe Tara, Radicioli Martina, Sakellariou Dimitris, Teaca Adrian, Todorova Valentina, Tunesi Leonardo, Woods Helen (2023). EUSeaMap 2023, A European broad-scale seabed habitat map, Technical Report. EASME/EMFF/2020/3.1.11/Lot3/SI2.843624 – EMODnet Thematic Lot n° 3 – Seabed Habitats - D1.15.