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Seabed Habitat Classification in marine waters around Belmullet Penninsula Co. Mayo Ireland

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General  
Data holding centreMarine Institute
CountryIreland  Ireland
Time period2010
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Belmullet; Erris Peninsula; Co. Mayo

Observations 
Parameters

Date and time; Habitat characterisation; Habitat extent

Instruments

Multi-beam echosounders; sediment grabs; acoustic backscatter sensors; single-beam echosounders

Description 
Summary

The EUNIS habitat classification is a comprehensive pan-European system to facilitate the harmonised description and collection of data across Europe through the use of criteria for habitat identification. It is hierarchical and covers all types of habitat types from natural to artificial, from terrestrial to freshwater and marine. This data collection activity covers the EUNIS habitat classification of seabed habitat types in marine waters near Belmullet Co. Mayo along the north-west coast of Ireland. The data has been collected during the Irish National Seabed Survey (INSS) and INFOMAR seabed mapping programmes between 1999 and 2005. Data gathered via multibeam echosounder and seabed sampling data acquired during surveys were the primary sources of data used in the generation of this habitat map. The original sediment classes assigned to the data were translated to the harmonised European EUNIS habitat classification system as part of the MESH Atlantic project. Data collection and habitat map produced by the Advanced Mapping Services team within the Marine Institute. Data coverage 100% for the seabed surveyed area.

OriginatorsMarine Institute
Data web sitehttps://data.gov.ie/dataset/belmullet-seabed-habitats
Availability 
OrganisationMarine Institute
AvailabilityLicence
ContactEimear O'Keeffe (Scientific and Technical Officer)
Address

Marine Institute
Rinville
Oranmore
Co. Galway
H91 R673
Ireland

Telephone+353-91-387200
Facsimile+353-91-387201
Emaildatarequests@marine.ie
Administration 
Collating centreMarine Institute
Local identifierHB.IE.MI.Belmullet.SeabedHabitats
Global identifier6526
Last revised2017-12-04