This project identified and mapped datasets of relevance to the MSP process and reviewed their validity. It provided up-to-date spatial and temporal information on marine ecosystems and human activities taking place within Ireland’s maritime domain to support marine spatial planning. This is a fundamental exercise for successful implementation of MSP. It was the first step in the process and delivered enhanced spatial evidence to support ecosystem based advice and planning. This project contributes to existing marine data and knowledge programmes such as Ireland’s Marine Atlas, Digital Ocean and delivery of Irish Data to EMODnet, the European marine data portal. As part of this project, a gap analysis was undertaken, which will inform future data collection and mapping priorities.
ABPMer (Lead), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, LUC, MacCabe Durney Barnes, Matt Rayment, IWDG Consulting, MERC Environmental, Birdwatch Ireland, Liverpool University, Exeter University
2 years (2018-2019)
- Catalogue of spatial, environmental, socio-economic data
- Data gap analysis
- Delivery of spatial data required for MSP Directive, e.g. marine activities, distribution of key species and ecosystems