HOME CINMS MSG PROJECT HABITAT DISTRIBUTIONS MISCELLANEOUS GROUP MEMBERS
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PHASE I

PHASE II
PHASE III
PHASE IV
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MODEL OUTPUTS
Phase III: GIS Habitat Model Construction

Once all the available data were collected and processed, the GIS model construction phase proceeded. The framework for the model is similar to the design of the EFH classification scheme. For this investigation, a species' potential habitat is defined by a combination of abiotic and biotic parameters. The abiotic parameters in the model include SST, depth, substrate, and wave exposure. For species where Giant Kelp is a suitable habitat, a merged dataset consisting of the potential distribution of Giant Kelp and the 9-year kelp data composite, was included as a biotic parameter. This maximized the potential habitat extent for species that require Giant Kelp as a habitat and included kelp areas not captured by the models.

 

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