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Mapping species and habitats

Planning for a sustainable development requires a common understanding about valuable resources. Maps of the spatial distribution of biodiversity and their associated ecological goods and services provide an important basis for this.

There is a growing need for knowledge about the distribution and cover of marine species and habitats. At a local scale, detailed and comprehensive underwater maps are needed for spatial planning and environmental impact assessment of proposed developments. At a national or Baltic-wide scale, maps are needed for large-scale planning and to estimate the total area and cover of important habitats and species. The latter are used as indicators of “Favourable conservation status” in the Habitats directive and will be crucial for the assessment of “Good environmental status” according to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive once this is implemented.

We can´t manage what we don´t know!

Predictive mapping

Often it is not possible to measure the distribution or abundance of marine species and habitats in the whole area to be mapped. Predictive mapping using scattered samples and statistical modeling is a good alternative. More

Direct mapping?

The focus of PREHAB web resource is predictive mapping. Some information about direct mapping is found here.

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