Details of REMP project - Octocoral Habitat Suitability Consensus


Dataset identification

Title of datasetREMP project - Octocoral Habitat Suitability Consensus
Narrative summary of datasetThis dataset consists of global raster maps indicating the habitat suitability for 7 suborders of cold water octocorals (Octocorallia found deeper than 50m). Maps present a relative habitat suitability index ranging from 0 (unsuitable) to 100 (highly suitable). This data set has been used as one of the data inputs in the Atlantic REMP project. This project, funded by the European Union, worked together with stakeholders to produce a draft Regional Environmental Management Plan (REMP) for the Area in the North Atlantic, with a focus on the polymetallic sulphide deposits of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which are of interest for deep-sea mining. There was close collaboration with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and a consortium of scientific organisations. Marine data from multiple data services underpinned the environmental management plan development. A selection of the data sets is included in EMODnet Ingestion for wider distribution.
Start date2012-01-01
End date2100-01-01

Responsible organisations

CountryUnited States
Organisation nameDuke University
Role of organisationPublisher
Organisation nameDuke University
Role of organisationDataset Holding Organisation
How to citeYesson C, Taylor ML, Tittensor DP, Davies AJ, Guinotte J, Baco A, Black J, Hall-Spencer JM, Rogers AD (2012) Global habitat suitability of cold-water octocorals. Journal of Biogeography 39:1278–1292.

Dataset availability

Original dataset download link
Dataset formatGeographic Information System
Public accessNo limitations
License for useCC0 1.0


Latitude north boundary89
Longitude east boundary180
Latitude south boundary-89
Longitude west boundary-180
Sea areaWorld

Data types, collection and processing

Observation typeBiota abundance, biomass and diversity
Administration and dimensions
ParameterHabitat extent

Process information

Submitting organisationDuke University
Submission identifier (UUID)851436db-7897-4ed6-b51c-b524ce03513e
Date of dataset creation2012-01-01
Date of metadata creation2021-09-08
Date of metadata latest revision2021-09-12
Date of publishing2021-09-14
Processing data centreHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Hellenic National Oceanographic Data Centre
Summary record-ID851