Baden 1,2, Lars-Ove
Loo 1,3, Tomas
Lundälv 3, Per
of Marine Ecology, Göteborg
Marine Research Station, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden
Marine Biological Laboratory, Strömstad, Sweden
In this programme, we will use new technologies to collect information
about, analyse and inform about marine habitats on the Swedish
West Coast. Particular emphasis is put on rare or threatened habitats,
e.g. eelgrass meadows and deep rocky habitats. The programme is
composed of four projects. The first three will be run from Tjärnö
Marine Biological Laboratory, while the fourth project is run
by researchers from Kristineberg Marine Research Station.
Corals on the Swedish west coast
Using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) a detailed mapping of
coral reefs and other biodiversity "hot-spots on the Swedish West
Coast is done, including investigations on environmental conditions,
dynamics, and threats to these biotopes. GIS will be used for
analyses and for producing biotope maps. High-quality video recordings
will be used to produce information films aimed at managers and
the general public.
Marine biotopes in coastal zone management: GIS-based analyses
This purpose of this project is to collect available information
about marine habitats in Sweden, to classify this material using
the EUNIS habitat classification system, and to assess the protection
status of different habitat types in Swedish waters.
The Aquascope: a web-based marine-biological information system
aimed at schools
The objective of "The
Aquascope" is to provide amusing, interesting and comprehensive
educational material about the sea and the marine environment
via the Internet. The web site addresses both teachers and pupils,
but also the general public.
The ecological role of eelgrass in Swedish coastal waters
The purpose of this project is to clarify the ecological role
of eelgrass (Zostera marina) in Sweden, especially focusing
on the interaction between vegetation and fauna, but also on the
possible reasons for the vanishing of the eelgrass in several
areas on the Swedish West Coast.