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EMODnetSBH-Guidance

Guidance for using the EMODnet Seabed Habitats web services

EMODnet Seabed Habitats Web Mapping Services (WMS)

EMODnet Seabed Habitats provides an OGC Web Mapping Service for viewing habitat information on desktop GIS, web portal or other clients.

Due to the large volume of individual habitat survey maps and models, we have separate the OGC services into separate workspaces.

The WMS for the main EMODnet Seabed Habitats' data products is: https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_view/wms?

This includes our main products including, but not limited to, EUSeaMap 2019, the OSPAR Threatened and Declining Habitats database, survey groundtruthing point data and our Essential Ocean Vairable composite products.

The WMS for all individual habitat maps and models is: https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_view_maplibrary/wms?

Loading WMS data in GIS clients

The services can be accessed in your client by inputing the above addresses, though the method differs depending on the application.

For information on how to connect to a WMS in QGIS, visit Working with WMS Data on the QGIS Tutorial website.

For information on how to connect to a WMS in ArcMap, visit Adding WMS services on the ArcGIS Resource Center.

For information on how to connect to a WMS in MapInfo, visit Adding a WMS Server in MapInfo Professional in the MapInfo reference pages.

Filtering WMS layers

Key layers provided under WMS can be filtered (as on the portal) by adding specific parameters alongside the WMS GetMap requests. These parameters are not part of the core WMS standard but are provided as additional functionality.

The template for adding a parameter to a WMS request is in the form of &[Parameter]=[Value], where [parameter] is the name of the item being filtered and [value] is the filter value (not including square brackets).

Adding custom vendor paramters to WMS requests depends on the client/software being used, please refer to the documentation of your specifc software.

&HabCode=[value]

Filter layer to show only records containing the described EUNIS Habitat code(s), even as a habitat mosaic.

Affects the following WMS layers:

EUSeaMap2016

EUSM2016_simplified800, EUSM2016_simplified400, EUSM2016_simplified200, EUSM2016_detailed

EUNIS habitat maps from survey

EUNISmedium_100, EUNISmedium_FULL, EUNISmedium_SA, EUNISmedium_SAx

EUNISfine50, EUNISfineFULL, EUNISfineSA, EUNISfineSAx

EUNISbroad_100, EUNISbroad_Full, EUNISbroad_SA, EUNISbroad_SAx

Values: See Id codes from the official EEA EUNIS habitats vocabulary.

Notes on usage:

  • The code is passed through as a regex expression, as suchfilter selections will include all habitats described at a finer detail (i.e. child habitats).
  • Separating habitats with a pipe character “|” will allow act as an OR statement. See example below.
  • Filtering on the “EUNIS[ ]_SA” or “EUNIS[ ]_SAx” layers will show bounding boxes only for EUNIS maps containing the selected habitats.

Examples:

  • &HabCode=A5.2
    • This will show only polygons containing the habitat A5.2, including those described to a finer level (e.g. A5.23, A5.253)
  • &HabCode=A3.1|A3.2
    • This will show only polygons containing EITHER A3.1 OR A3.2

&OSPCode=[value]

Filter layer to show only records describing the OSPAR Habitat, written as a shortened code.

Affects the following WMS layers:

OSPAR reference dataset

OSPARHabPoints, OSPARhabPolygons, OSPARhabPolygonLoc

Values:

Code OSPAR Habitat
carbmoun Carbonate mounds
coragard Coral gardens
cymomead Cymodocea meadows
deepspag Deep-sea sponge aggregations
ocearidg Oceanic ridges with hydrothermal vents/fields
lophpert Lophelia pertusa reefs
ostredul Ostrea edulis beds
seamount Seamounts
seapenbm Sea-pen and burrowing megafauna communities
zosterab Zostera beds
intermud Intertidal mudflats
litchalk Littoral chalk communities
maerlbed Maerl beds
modimodi Modiolus modiolus horse mussel beds
sabspinu Sabellaria spinulosa reefs
intermyt Intertidal Mytilus edulis beds on mixed and sandy sediments

Notes on usage:

  • The code is passed through as a regex expression, as such, you may shorten the codes further.
  • Separating habitats with a pipe character “|” will allow act as an OR statement. See example below.
  • Filtering on the layer “OSPARhabPolygonLoc” will show ICES squares containing the selected habitat.

Examples:

  • &OSPCode =zosterab
    • This will filter the layer to show records of Zostera beds
  • &OSPCode =deepspag|coragard
    • This will filter the layer to show records of Deep-sea sponge aggregations and Coral gardens

&GUICode=[value]

Filter habitat maps from survey to only show specified datasets.

Affects the following WMS layers:

EUNIS habitat maps from survey

EUNISmedium_100, EUNISmedium_FULL, EUNISmedium_SA, EUNISmedium_SAx

EUNISfine50, EUNISfineFULL, EUNISfineSA, EUNISfineSAx

EUNISbroad_100, EUNISbroad_Full, EUNISbroad_SA, EUNISbroad_Sax

Other habitat maps from survey

Othermedium_100, Othermedium_FULL, Othermedium_SA, Othermedium_SAx

Otherfine50, OtherfineFULL, OtherfineSA, OtherfineSAx

Habitats directive habitat maps from survey

N2000_100, N2000_Full, N2000_SA, N2000_SAx

Values: “GUI” dataset identifiers, these can be identified by querying a habitat map in the interactive map, or through the metadata search page.

Notes on usage:

  • The code is passed through as a regex expression, as such filters will allow partial matches, this can be useful to view all maps from a specific country as in the example below
  • Separating habitats with a pipe character “|” will allow act as an OR statement. See example below.

Examples:

  • &GUICode=GB000217
    • This will show only the map “Phase I intertidal survey for Wales” (Note, as this map is a EUNIS map – nothing will be shown when viewing either Habitats Directive or “Other” habitat maps from survey).
  • &GUICode=IT
    • This will show only maps submitted by Italian organisations
  • &GUICode=ES|GR
    • This will show only maps submitted by either Spanish or Greek organisations

EMODnet Seabed Habitats Web Feature Services (WFS)

For machine-to-machine access to true spatial vector data, EMODnet Seabed Habitats provides an OGC Web Feature Service for compatible layers.

As with the WMS workspaces, separate workspaces are provided for the WFS data.

The WFS for the main EMODnet Seabed Habitats' data products is: https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_view/wfs?

This includes our main products including, but not limited to, EUSeaMap 2019, the OSPAR Threatened and Declining Habitats database, survey groundtruthing point data and our Essential Ocean Vairable composite products.

The WFS for all individual habitat maps is: https://ows.emodnet-seabedhabitats.eu/emodnet_view_maplibrary/wfs?

Please note, that this workspace is habitat maps in vector format only.

It should be noted that WFS is not the most efficient form of delivery for complex datasets, (e.g. EUSeaMap 2019), due to the size of the downloads involved. These datasets are also available to download as static download packages from the EMODnet Seabed Habitats download page.

Notes on usage:

  • Note that depending on a layer's complexity, it may take some time to load into your GIS or may time out. In the event of consistent time-outs, please download the corresponding static package.

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