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Mapping the structure, function and sensitivity of seabed sediment habitats to support assessment of the sea-floor status and the broadscale monitoring and management of the benthic environment - ME5301

Description
Summary Objective:
To develop quantitative measures of the ecological function of seabed sediments and apply these to map the sensitivity of sediment habitats which, when combined with maps of anthropogenic pressures, will enable evidence-based assessments of the health of the seabed.

Key Customer Purpose:
The project will not only inform the assessment of ‘sea-floor integrity’ to be made under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), but will provide metrics for use in setting environmental targets, and so will contribute to the development of the MSFD Monitoring Programme and the Programme of Measures designed to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES).
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : ME5301 EVID4 20130303 FINAL REPORT   (2044k)
• TPS - Two Page Summary : Final Two page summary ME5301 Cefas   (1125k)
• Two Page Summary : Mapping the structure, function and sensitivity of seabed sediment habitats   (217k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2013

Cost: £1,276,505
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CEFAS
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