A number of other habitat mapping surveys and
projects for management of the marine environment have been carried
out around the Welsh coast and further afield on a UK or European
scale. The HABMAP project worked alongside many of these projects
to share data and ideas. Here you can read a brief introduction to
them, and follow links to their websites.
IMAGIN. Web GIS
IMAGIN bought together an Ireland/Wales scientific consortium
comprising organisations with expertise in coastal processes,
geology and marine resource management for the purpose of
developing a strategic framework and scientific rationale to
underpin the sustainable management of the marine aggregate
resources of the Irish Sea.
Covering the UK continental shelf area, UKSeaMap produced a
seabed habitat map using input physical datalayers to predict
biotopes to the EUNIS habitat classification system. It also
produced maps of coastal and physiographic features. The 2010
project is an extension of the original 2006 project.
MESH (Mapping European Seabed Habitats) was an international
marine habitat mapping programme that ran from 2004-2008. It was
made up of a consortium of 12 partners across the UK, Ireland, the
Netherlands, Belgium and France and gained financial support from
the EU INTERREG III. It aimed to establish a framework of protocols
and guidelines for seabed habitat mapping, and compiled the first
marine habitat map for the NW of Europe.
Irish Sea Pilot
The UK Government Review of Marine Nature Conservation set up
the Irish Sea Pilot project in 2002 to test the potential for an
ecosystem approach to managing the marine environment at a regional
sea scale. The project produced a report and maps for the purposes
of future marine management.
Outer Bristol Channel Marine Habitat Study
This was a collaborative project between The National Museum
Wales (NMW) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) that focussed
on the Geology and Biology of the Outer Bristol Channel. New survey
data was collected and added to existing data to provide a baseline
for the sustainable use of seabed resources, map marine habitats
and species, and provide education to a wider public audience.
Irish National Seabed Survey
The INSS (now INFOMAR) is primarily a multibeam sonar survey of
the Irish continental shelf that is providing detailed bathymetry
(water depth) data and information on the nature of the seabed and
its overlying sediment. This baseline information is being
collected in order to promote and encourage research in Marine