research product . 2017

Using novel acoustic and visual mapping tools to predict the small-scale spatial distribution of live biogenic reef framework in cold-water coral habitats

De Clippele, L.H.; Gafeira, J.; Robert, K.; Hennige, S.; Lavaleye, M.S.; Duineveld, G.C.A.; Huvenne, V.A.I.; Roberts, J.M.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2017
  • Publisher: Springer
Abstract
Cold-water corals form substantial biogenic habitats on continental shelves and in deep-sea areas with topographic highs, such as banks and seamounts. In the Atlantic, many reef and mound complexes are engineered by Lophelia pertusa, the dominant framework-forming coral. In this study, a variety of mapping approaches were used at a range of scales to map the distribution of both cold-water coral habitats and individual coral colonies at the Mingulay Reef Complex (west Scotland). The new ArcGIS-based British Geological Survey (BGS) seabed mapping toolbox semi-automatically delineated over 500 Lophelia reef ‘mini-mounds’ from bathymetry data with 2-m resolution. T...
Funded by
EC| ATLAS
Project
ATLAS
A Trans-AtLantic Assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based Spatial management plan for Europe
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 678760
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
Communities
European Marine ScienceMarine Environmental Science: ATLAS
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