Seabed geomorphology: a two-part classification system

Dove, D.; Bradwell, T.; Carter, G.; Cotterill, C.; Gafeira Goncalves, J.; Green, S.; Krabbendam, M.; Mellett, C.; Stevenson, A.; Stewart, H.; Westhead, K.; Scott, G.; Guinan, J.; Judge, M.; Monteys, X.; Elvenes, S.; Baeten, N.; Dolan, M.; Thorsnes, T.; Bjarnadóttir, L.; Ottesen, D.. 2016 Seabed geomorphology: a two-part classification system. Edinburgh, UK, British Geological Survey. (OR/16/001) (Unpublished)

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The BGS has developed a two- part classification system (‘Morphology’ and ‘Geomorphology’) to facilitate work on a new ‘S eabed Geomorphology’ mapping initia tive, and this classification system is the focus of this report. As stated in the Foreword, the rationale and the basic framework of the classification system were conceived and es tablished within BGS, but recent collaboration within the MAREANO -Norway, INFOMAR -Ireland, and MAREMAP -UK (MIM) partnership has led to significant improvement of the classifi cation system, and this report. To further support this effort, existing BGS GIS tools (SIGMA) ha ve been adapted to apply this two-part classification system for more efficient geom orphological mapping in the marine environment. This report:  provides a brief background on seabed mapping and characterisation, as well as how this science has been addressed historically within BGS;  describes the current motiva tion to conduct seabed geom orphological mapping, and the requirement for a new set of t ools to facilitate this work;  describes the logical framework that underpins the classification system;  outlines the attributes of the classification system, how it can be applied, and discusses the advantages and limitations of the approach. It is anticipated that through testing and usage, the classification syst em will be revised and improved over time, with updated versions released through MIM partnershi p. It is also planned that a further ‘user guide’ report will be produced for the classifi cation system and the GIS tools, including thematic details (e.g. background information on ‘coastal’ or ‘glacial’ features) and a feature glossary.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey - MAREMAP, INFOMAR, MAREANO
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This report has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
Date made live: 26 Oct 2016 10:49 +0 (UTC)

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