MESH Guide to Marine Habitat Mapping

The MESH Guide aims to provide a methodological framework for marine habitat mapping so that future mapping studies will produce high quality data and maps which are inter-compatible and their outputs can be assimilated into common, harmonised maps.
Structure of MESH Guide
The MESH Guide has six sections explaining the steps to producing and using seabed habitat maps.

What Is Habitat Mapping?

Describes concepts of habitats and habitat mapping, and outlines the main issues end-users need to understand to ensure the products are fit for purpose.
Guides a user through the planning stage of a mapping programme to ensure that the final products are fit-for-purpose and deliver the information required.
Describes the operation and array of sampling and surveying techniques, to ensure quality so data can be understood and compared with confidence.
Describes how to integrate the outputs from surveys with additional information to create a seabed habitat map that is fit for purpose.
Explains how to assess the accuracy and confidence of habitat maps.
Presents examples of the practical use of habitat maps, offers examples of how to make use of habitat maps beyond their original purpose, and suggests how to ensure maps are preserved for use in future studies.

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