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.

Updated: 28.01.2022
Owner: Geological Survey of Norway


The species living on the sea floor is not evenly distributed, but occur in patches related to various environmental and bottom types or habitats. This distribution is important to know in order to manage the seabed in the most sustainable way.

Explanation of assessment of FAIR principles:

There have made various tests to evaluate datasets in relation to the FAIR criteria. These are our interpretations, which then assess the criteria in relation to standards and protocols used for spatial data in Norway and Europe. For more information on which calculations we use for each indicator, look at the details of FAIR assessments for each specific dataset.

FAIR status: 78%

Mareano status