The Scoping Report

 
A suggested structure for the full Scoping Report is illustrated in the example below. This should be complemented by the printouts from the MESH Scoping Tool, one for each element of the mapping programme.
 
You should complete the Scoping Report as you work through the scoping process, to capture the purpose and objectives of the overall programme and each element within it. The report sets the framework for the programme and provides relevant information for all those who will be involved in planning and executing the work.
 
Scoping Report
Purpose of the Programme (what will it aim to do?):
To provide a suite of habitat maps at different spatial scales in an offshore area of the eastern English Channel.
Objective of the Programme (why is it needed?):
To inform regional management policy relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.
Background information:
New aggregate resources have been identified in an offshore area of the Eastern English Channel. The extraction of such resources is regulated under license. Studies of the area are required to inform the regulatory process.

Broadscale element

Criteria for map

Purpose:
To show the distribution of major habitats over a broad scale area of the eastern English Channel containing the potential license areas.
Objective:
To provide a wider spatial & ecological context for intermediate and fine-scale studies.
Information type:
Habitat distribution patterns.
Survey area
5000 sq km
Map scale:
1:1,000,000
Map resolution
(pixel size):
1 km
Spatial precision:
+/- 500 m
Accuracy of habitat classes:
Low
Level of
habitat detail
EUNIS Levels 3 & 4
 
Environment & Circumstances:
Fully saline. Moderate-strong tidal currents. Moderate turbidity. 20-70 m depth. Crosses major shipping separation zones (restricted movements). Some areas fished by trawlers & static gear.

Intermediate element

Criteria for map

Purpose:
To indicate the distribution of habitats within and immediately around the cluster of 11 potential license areas.
Objective:
To provide a regional spatial inventory of habitats to complement the Regional Environmental Assessment (REA)
Information type:
Inventory and distribution of habitats.
Survey area
1000 sq km
Map scale:
1:25,000
Map resolution
(pixel size):
50 m
Spatial precision:
+/- 50 m
Accuracy of habitat classes:
Moderate
Level of
habitat detail
EUNIS Levels 4 & 5
 
Environment & Circumstances:
Fully saline. Moderate-strong tidal currents. Moderate turbidity. 40-60 m depth. Crosses major shipping separation zones (restricted movements). Some areas fished by trawlers & static gear.

Finescale element

Criteria for map

Purpose:
To show detailed distribution of habitats within one of the potential license areas.
Objective:
To provide a baseline study in support of an Environmental Impact Assessment and future monitoring programme for this license area.
Information type:
Distribution, boundaries and composition of key habitats.
Survey area
50 sq km
Map scale:
1:5,000
Map resolution
(pixel size):
5 m
Spatial precision:
+/- 5 m
Accuracy of habitat classes:
High
Level of
habitat detail
EUNIS Level 5
 
Environment & Circumstances:
Fully saline. Moderate-strong tidal currents. Moderate turbidity. 40-60 m depth. Borders traffic separation zone. Fished by trawlers.
Example of a MESH Scoping Report
 
 
A pro-forma for this Scoping Report and four worked examples are included in the Resources section as separate files:
 
 
Once the scoping phase of the planning process has been completed, all the consulted parties should have a clear understanding of:
 
  • the purpose and objectives of the overall programme;
  • the type of information needed by the end-users of the maps;
  • any need to split the programme into separate related elements to provide different information content;
  • the precise information content required in each element of the programme; and, 
  • the specific mapping criteria for each element of the programme.

 

Once these things are established, the planning process can move on to consider which parts of the information and data can be sourced from existing studies, and which will require new surveys proceed. This is covered in the next section ‘Determine the Information Gaps’.
 
Links to other sections:
 
 
 

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