The Channel Coastal Observatory (CCO) were commissioned to interpret bathymetry, backscatter and ground truthing data, with funding from the Environment Agency and the South Downs National Park Authority, for the seabed mapping part of the Sussex Coastal Habitats Inshore Pilot (SCHIP1) project. A series of detailed maps were produced, including surficial substrate, marine habitats, and anthropogenic features, to inform conservation, planning policy and management objectives.
In 2019, the CCO were commissioned to extend the detailed habitat map out to 4km between Shoreham and Selsey, including Selsey Bill and the Hounds Marine Conservatin Zone.
For SCHIP2, the University of Brighton were commissioned to create a habitat map of the whole District. As acoustic data was not available at a suitable resolution for the entire area, the ground truth data points were used to create Voronoi polygons where the boundaries were drawn equidistant between data points.
We are working with the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre to produce an online interactive map.Interactive Map Interactive Map Overview Channel Coast Observatory Report Channel Coastal Observatory SCHIP1 Report SCHIP2 Report South Downs National Park Authority Environment Agency Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre