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Reference Number WC04011
Title Marine landscape classification of UK regional seas
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 10%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 10%;
Not Energy Related 65%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(CO2 Capture and Storage, CO2 storage) 5%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 75%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 15%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
University of St Andrews
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DEFRA
Start Date 01 December 2004
End Date 30 April 2006
Duration 17 months
Total Grant Value £100,000
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region Scotland
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , University of St Andrews (100.000%)
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Objectives Objectives not supplied
Abstract To provide the marine equivalent of a ‘countryside map’ of the seabed by extending the marine landscape classification undertaken by the Irish Sea Pilot to other regional seas in UK waters (subject to agreement of devolved administrations). It will identify the physical and ecological characteristics, area and distribution of the marine landscapes in UK regional seas. The pilot has demonstrated that this classification is both possible and valuable to planners and managers working in the marine environment. The pilot has concluded that the information generated is fundamental to spatial planning and management of the sea. Mapping the landscape types will contribute to our understanding of the distribution of biodiversity, habitats and natural resources including commercial species, aggregates, oil and gas. The classification and mapping of marine landscapes allows us for the first time to obtain at reasonable cost, a robust description of the marine environment which gives us a backdrop against which planning and management decisions can be made. A marine landscape classification is essential to help overcome the natural scepticism about spatial planning in the marine environment. Up to now it has been considered impractical on the grounds of cost and technical competence to obtain a description of the marine environment at this scale. This classification approach is expected to contribute strongly to building a consensus that marine spatial planning from the coast to the shelf edge is possible and necessary to deliver international obligations under EU measures such as Natura 2000 and WFD, and international conventions such as BDC, OSPAR and WSSD. A component of the research will promote the classification approach in Europe and Internationally to encourage its adoption in the seas of other states and the wider oceans
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