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Marine substratum and biotope maps of the Maidens/Klondyke bedrock outcrops, Northern Ireland

Strong, J, Service, M, Plets, RMK, Clements, A and Quinn, R (2012) Marine substratum and biotope maps of the Maidens/Klondyke bedrock outcrops, Northern Ireland. Journal of Maps, 8 (2). pp. 129-135. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17445647.2012.680746?tab=permissions#tabModule

DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2012.680746


The Maidens (including the North and Outer Klondyke) are a group of bedrock extrusions about 14 km northeast of Larne, off the coast of Northern Ireland (central point for Maidens Complex: 54°57′50.0, −5°42′20.0). Multibeam echosounder data have been combined with extensive ground-truthing to produce broad-scale substratum and biotope maps for the site. The bathymetry was used to derive rasters of slope gradient, rugosity, aspect, and fine- and broad-scale benthic position index which were used for further analyses with Principal Components Analysis. Ground-truthing data were used to create sample signatures and a Maximum Likelihood Analysis performed to classify the surfaces according to that signature. The supervised classifications generated distributions for three broad-scale substrata and habitat biotopes (six level three biotopes, four level four and one level five biotope). The maps provide critical information and distributions that greatly facilitate the conservation, management and monitoring of a proposed Special Area of Conservation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Maidens, Klondyke, rocky reef, marine biotopes, habitat map, marine, seabed, bedrock, Northern-Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:22773
Deposited By: Dr Ruth Plets
Deposited On:05 Jul 2012 14:52
Last Modified:05 Jul 2012 14:52

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