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Seafloor characteristics in the Azores region (North Atlantic)
Peran, A.D.; Pham, C.K.; Amorim, P.; Cardigos, F.; Tempera, F.; Morato, T. (2016). Seafloor characteristics in the Azores region (North Atlantic). Front. Mar. Sci. 3: 204. https://hdl.handle.net/10.3389/fmars.2016.00204
In: Frontiers in Marine Science. Frontiers Media: Lausanne. ISSN 2296-7745, more
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  • Peran, A.D.
  • Pham, C.K.
  • Amorim, P.
  • Cardigos, F., more
  • Tempera, F.
  • Morato, T.

Abstract
    Current European legislation such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD; 2008/56/EC) has highlighted the need for accurate maps on the geomorphology of Europe's maritime territory. Such information is notably essential for the production of habitat maps and cumulative impact assessments of human activities (Halpern et al., 2008) necessary for marine spatial planning initiatives (Gilliland and Laffoley, 2008) and assessments of the representativity/sufficiency of marine protected areas networks like Natura 2000. Broadscale satellite bathymetry presently allows the identification of all prominent geomorphic structures present on the seafloor with a high grade of accuracy. However, these datasets and maps still need to be more widely disseminated in the scientific community.In this contribution, we provide an inventory of some important datasets related to the physical characteristics of the seafloor surrounding the Azores Archipelago. The objective is to ensure that our compilation is readily available for any researchers interested in developing species distribution models, or for the management and conservation of natural resources in the region.In total, we produced and compiled 18 layers of seabed characteristics for the Azores region (Table 1), deposited at Pangaea, Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science (Perán Miñarro et al., 2016).

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