Development of a framework for Mapping European Seabed Habitats (MESH)

If you work producing seabed habitats maps, use seabed maps in your work or just want to gain an overview of the marine mapping process this website has something for you.


The website is designed to give easy access to the hundreds of project outputs that include an interactive mapping page, a catalogue of mapping studies, practical guides, tool kits, data templates and technical reports. These items cover most aspects of seabed habitat mapping from planning surveys, fieldwork standards, data handling, predictive modelling, producing maps to how to communicate your results. For an easy introduction to the MESH project you could start by reading the MESH Executive Summary or the Guide to Marine Habitat Mapping but if you already have  interest in a specialist area why not jump straight into the products library.


The MESH Project ran between 2004 and 2008 and is made up of a consortium of twelve partners from five European countries led by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), with financial support from the EC’s INTERREG IIIB NWE Programme.  The MESH partnership draws together scientific and technical habitat-mapping skills, expertise in data collation and its management, and proven practical experience in the use of seabed-habitat maps for environmental management within national regulatory frameworks.





1.  MESH Confidence assessment tool 


2.  MESH Survey scoping tool


3.  Guide for non Scientists


4.  MESH Conference


5.  MESH Seabed signature catalogue

Although the MESH Project ended in 2008, the mapping section of this website continues to be updated with the best available seabed-habitat data and the MESH team would still appreciate any feedback on the website or the products. 



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