WWT Consulting presents at Spatial Ecology and Conservation Conference
Last week Michael Shackshaft presented at the fourth Spatial Ecology and Conservation conference, held at the University of Bristol. As part of the first symposium themed around Marine Spatial Planning, Michael presented our work creating the Seabird Mapping and Sensitivity Tool (SeaMaST), a freely available GIS tool that has already been used as part of offshore windfarm ecological assessments carried out by Natural England, as an evidence base for Marine Spatial Planning carried out by the Marine Management Organisation and as the basis for other seabird mapping tools.
The symposia raised a number of key issues that surround Marine Spatial Planning with our talk demonstrating well how spatial analysis and database management can be used to create viable GIS tools that are vital evidence bases as the government continues to develop and utilise the marine environment.
It was a interesting and varied conference with the other symposia covering topics such as remote sensing, using spatial tools to assess change in protected sites and approaches for mapping ecosystem services.