Improving and simplifying the existing TraC-MImAS tool
Under the WFD, the UK and Ireland are now required to manage hydromorphological change in transitional and coastal waters. The tool is used by SEPA to guide the hydromorphology classification for the Scotland and Solway Tweed River Basin Management Plans, and and Marine Scotland to identify development proposals that could threaten WFD objectives.
The aim of the project was to:
- improve key aspects of the tool; and
- develop the wider process.
It builds on the initial TraC-MImAS tool development work, improves and simplifies the existing TraC-MImAS tool and enables a more transparent and understandable process of assessment.
The project places the assessment of ecological deterioration inside a broader process that will allow a more comprehensive consideration of threats to ecological status and important marine habitats.