Definition: Biotopes are areas with distinctive benthic communities and a similar physical environment. Each biotope usually has a unique composition of species. The species are determined by the environmental conditions in the area. Four areas have so far been mapped and modeled separately: the Barents Sea (MAREANO-mapped areas), TromsIII / NordlandVII, NordlandVI and the Central Norwegian shelf. The goal is to harmonize these datasets and create a comprehensive biotope map for Norwegian sea areas.
Owner: Geological Survey of Norway