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New biotope map for areas offshore Troms and Finnmark

A new biotope map for the area including Troms III and the shelf edge to west Finnmark is now available on MAREANO's map service.

Biotopes are regions with similar communities of animals living on the seabed, in a similar physical environment. The biotope map, which is produced with the help of statistical modelling, shows the most likely distribution of biotopes on the sea floor. This is the first biotope map to make use of newly available oceanographic data as a basis for biotope modelling, together with geological and terrain characteristics. Our results indicate that oceanographic variables are very important for explaining broad scale patterns of biotope distribution. They also highlight the value of good oceanographic model data for biotope mapping.