Aim of marine habitat mapping
Marine habitat mapping characterises and describes the distribution of the Northern Territory's (NT) marine native flora and fauna.
This mapping guides advice and support for the sustainable management of marine habitats in regions where there could be risks to biodiversity from human activities.
The maps provide baseline information about environmental and ecological patterns.
Marine habitat mapping aims to do all of the following:
- develop comprehensive inventories and maps of the distribution and abundance of physical and biological habitats, including detailed maps of the seafloor depth and hardness
- characterise the plants and animals living on and in the seabed
- look at the physical environment patterns important to plant and animal communities living on and in the seabed
- analyse relationships between plants, animals and physical attributes in sampled areas to allow for spatial prediction of plants and animals outside sampled areas.