30 September–2 October 2019 ICES Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Building on the work of WKBEDPRES1, WKBEDLOSS, and the resultant data collected, WKBEDPRES2 is the final workshop in this series with a focus on MSFD Descriptor 6 Seafloor integrity: C1–C5. WKBEDPRES2 will evaluate the operational use of data products to describe the spatial extent and distribution of human activities affecting seabed habitats.
The evaluation of data products will include, as a demonstration, an assessment of the spatial extent and distribution of different human activities that cause physical disturbance or loss by broad benthic habitat types (assessment of MSFD D6 C1–C4).
The workshop will prepare technical guidance on how to assess and report on both disturbance (based on WKBEDPRES1) and loss (based on WKBEDLOSS). This will include a review of the applicability of combining AIS (automatic identification system) and VMS (vessel monitoring by satellite) data in derived benthic pressure products.
Suggestions for necessary improvements to the proposed methods and/or associated data will be provided to ensure the operational use of harmonized data products across European Seas for MSFD purposes.
This workshop is part of the formal ICES advisory process in response to a request from the EU. As such the workshop report will be peer-reviewed, after which an advice drafting group will be convened to drafted advice for approval by ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM).
Philip Boulcott, Marine Scotland, will chair the workshop.
There is no fee to participate, but registration is required. If you plan to attend, please register at your earliest convenience by contacting Eirini Gylki at the ICES Secretariat. Attendance will be confirmed by 29 August 2019. The meeting will start at 13:00, Monday 30 September and end at 17:00, Wednesday 2 October.
Note: If the workshop is oversubscribed, ICES reserves the right, in consultation with the workshop Chairs, to select the final workshop participants based on their expertise and geographical distribution.