Seabed Imagery

We are a leading provider of seabed imagery analysis collected across the
UK's European Marine Sites (EMS) network, Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs)
and offshore development areas.

We are a leading provider of seabed imagery analysis collected across the UK’s European Marine Sites (EMS) network, Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) and offshore development areas.
 
We provide high-level analysis of seabed imagery in line with best practice guidance for a range of stakeholders including government agencies, renewable energy developers and oil & gas licence area operators.
 
Typical analysis includes identification and quantification of subtidal epibenthic species across all phyla, assigning of biotopes in accordance with the EUNIS and MNCR biotope classification systems and assessment of protected habitats including Annex I and UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) / priority habitats and Features of Conservation Importance (FOCI).

Testimonial
Ocean Ecology are our preferred supplier for all benthic survey works in support of our oceanographic and marine survey business. We have worked with the team on an array of projects and have always found their responsive approach, technical knowledge and attention to providing quality data thoroughly dependable. All projects to date have met the requirements of our own clients and we look forward to working with Ocean Ecology again on future projects.
Peter Wilson - Operations Director, Partrac

As a testament to our expertise in this area, we are regularly requested to provide bespoke seabed imagery analysis and EUNIS biotope classification workshops to government agencies as well as frequently being asked to quality assure analysis undertaken by other consultancies.
 
Key seabed imagery analysis capabilities include:

     

  • Identification and quantification of epibiotic taxa across all phyla
  • Assigning of MNCR and EUNIS biotopes
  • Annex I & BAP habitat assessments
  • Ground-truthing of geophysical data
  • Training workshops
  • Quality assurance