Systematic conservation planning for the North-Atlantic deep sea

This dataset was built to feed a basin-wide spatial conservation planning exercise, targeting the deep sea of the North Atlantic, in the framework of the ATLAS H2020 project. This approach aimed to inform Marine Spatial Planning and conservation initiatives for the deep sea of the North Atlantic, by identifying conservation priority areas for the Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) and deep fish species and discussing the efficiency of the current spatial management context relatively to conservation stakes.

This publication provides (1) the links to spatial datasets used as an input, (2) the R scripts used to run the final conservation scenarios together with associated table of targets and connectivity matrix, that can be run on the input data, and (3) the outputs of the final scenarios constructed and computed for ATLAS.

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systematic conservation planning, prioritization, deep sea, Atlantic


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Script 1 : Create files for features and provinces
10 KoR Script
Script 2 : Create cost indices
10 KoR Script
Script 3 : Run scenarios
37 KoR Script
Script 4 : Functions to create outputs used in script 3
8 KoR Script
Table of conservation targets
2 KoCSVProcessed data
Connectivity matrix for the “connectivity with 20 days PLD” scenario
7 MoRdata
Spatial prioritization output: “base” scenario
1 MoshapefileProcessed data
Spatial prioritization output: “connectivity with 20 days PLD” scenario
823 KoshapefileProcessed data
Spatial prioritization output: “small base” scenario
830 KoShapefileProcessed data
Spatial prioritization output: “management” scenario
1 MoShapefileProcessed data
Supplementary spatial prioritization output: “all benthic regionalised” scenario
1 MoShapefileProcessed data
Sensor metadata
91 KoPDF
How to cite
Combes Magali, Vaz Sandrine (2019). Systematic conservation planning for the North-Atlantic deep sea. SEANOE.
In addition to properly cite this dataset, it would be appreciated that the following work(s) be cited too, when using this dataset in a publication :
Combes M., Vaz S., Arnaud-Haond S., Morato T., Dominguez-Carrió C., Fox A., Manuel González-Irusta J., Johnson, D., Callery O., Davies A., Fauconnet L., Grehan A., Orejas C., Taranto G., Menot L., (2020). Systematic conservation planning at an ocean basin scale: identifying a viable network of deep-sea protected areas in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Submitted.
Magali Combes, Sandrine Vaz, Telmo Morato, Laurence Fauconnet, Sophie Arnaud-Haond, Carlos Dominguez-Carrió, Alan Fox, José-Manuel González-Irusta, Marina Carreiro-Silva, Andrew Davies, Pablo Durán Muñoz, Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Lea-Anne Henry, Ellen Kenchington, Camille Lirette, F. Javier Murillo-Perez, Covadonga Orejas, Berta Ramiro-Sánchez, Luís Rodrigues, Steve W. Ross, Dick van Oevelen, Christopher K. Pham, Carlos Pinto, Neil Golding, Jeff A. Ardron, Francis Neat, Xuan Bui, Oisin Callery, Anthony Grehan, Pascal Laffargue, Murray Roberts, David Stirling, Gerald Taranto, Mathieu Woillez, Lénaick Menot (2019). ATLAS D3.4 Conservation Management Issues in ATLAS. Basin-scale systematic conservation planning: identifying suitable networks for VMEs protection.

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