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Pilot marine spatial plan for Dorset

DERC have been busy assisting C-SCoPE and Dorset Wildlife Trust with collating marine information to inform the pilot marine spatial plan for Dorset.

Latest Datasets

The latest datasets to be entered include those from the Dorset Seasearch, 2007-2009. Over the past couple of years Dorset Seasearch has been really focused on filling in the gaps in our knowledge of the subtidal environment and specifically in those areas where there may be Biodiversity Action Plan species or habitats.

In conjunction with the Dorset Integrated Seabed Study, a large amount of data from the intertidal zones has been collected over the past year. This data includes biotope maps, species information and a catalogue of photos from Swanage to Portland Bill. It is currently all being digitised and entered onto the marine database. Ultimately this data will available for use by students, planners, consultants and the public.

Metadata standards

Information about the data we hold is called metadata and it is by searching metadata that those interested in our database can see if we have the sort of information they want. To streamline the types of marine metadata held across the UK, the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) have created guidelines for data providers to follow when creating and cataloguing their data. Metadata from different providers can then be held in a database by MarLIN. At DERC we are aiming to adopt these standards in the coming months and make our catalogue more available to a wider range of people via MarLIN.

Recent Marine sightings

Kelp

Kelp

Photo: Rhiannon Rogers

Sabellaria reef

Sabellaria reef

Photo: Rhiannon Rogers