WP 2: Mapping ecological features
Production of thematic layers in GIS of the spatial distribution of all habitats and species of conservation value in the study area.
To map the spatial distribution of ecological features, the following approaches will be implemented:
- Collection of all existing information from scientific and gray literature (project reports, theses, databases, monitoring programs of Natura sites etc.) and from unpublished data available to relevant bodies (e.g. HCMR, NGOs, universities). After investigating the availability of relevant data we will pursue collaboration with those bodies that own unpublished data. Stakeholders possess enough data from a variety of research projects realized in the Aegean region.
- Development of spatial distribution models for species or habitats with incomplete information on the actual distribution.
- Use of satellite data of medium scale (spatial resolution of 30m) for identifying habitats and estimating their coverage.
- Interviews or questionnaires with a view to registering the empirical knowledge of fishermen, scientists, and generally anyone concerned with the marine environment.
The habitats that will be mapped will be at least the marine and coastal habitats defined in the Habitats Directive (92/43 / EEC) and habitats with significant value of conservation (such as: sea grass meadows, reefs, coral aggregations, underwater caves, hydrothermal vents, cold vents, estuaries, lagoons and other wetlands). The species whose distribution will be mapped will be all those species that are under protection under national and Community law and international conventions, such as the Bern Convention, Bonn Convention and Barcelona Convention.
D2.1: GIS maps of the spatial distribution in the Aegean Sea of all important habitats and species