|Narrative summary of dataset||The abyssal classification geomorphic feature layer represents the spatial extent of the abyssal areas of the worlds oceans based on interpretation of the SRTM30 plus v7 global bathymetry model. The layer is one of the 25 layers that make up the global seafloor geomorphic features map (Harris et.al. 2014). The abyss is the area of seafloor located at depths below the foot of the continental slope and above the depth of the hadal zone (defined as deeper than 6,000 m). The abyssal classification feature layer was created by clipping a layer representing the ocean with the shelf, slope and hadal layers. The resulting layer was then classification into areas of plains, hills and mountains based on variation in topography.
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.