Habitat suitability of commercial fishes
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The map shows habitat suitability (given in %) and biomass (given in tons) of commercial fish species in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

For the North Sea, habitat suitability is shown for the 1970s and as a change in response to climate change across decades from 1970 to 2050. For the Baltic Sea, habitat suitability is shown for the 1990s and as a change in response to climate change across decades from 1990 to 2050.

Habitat suitability was estimated using a species distribution model (TIMoFiD) within the scope of the project CoastalFutures, founded by German Ministry of Education and Research (grant No: 03F0911F). The model used fish abundance and environmental data collected during the ICES-coordinated International Bottom Trawl Survey over 51 years. Temperature data used for model fitting were retrieved from AHOI, whereas those used for projections were retrieved from HANSOM, for the North Sea, and MOM, for the Baltic Sea (both under the climate scenario RCP8.5).

Biomass was mapped according to habitat suitability as redistribution of three scenarios of total biomass. Those scenarios were retrieved from ICES Stock Assessment Database.  

Publication Date
Features and characteristics of salt water bodies (excluding inland waters). Examples: tides, tidal waves, coastal information, reefs.
D. Fiorentino, I. Núñez-Riboni, D. Oesterwind, M. E. Pierce, A. Akimova. 2023. Observed and predicted climate-induced shifts in the distribution of commercially-important fish species in the North Sea. Thünen Institut of Sea Fisheries and Thünen Institut of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Germany.
Maintenance Frequency
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All rights reserved. Access for data download upon request to anna.akimova@thuenen.de.


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Temporal Extent
Jan. 1, 1970, 8:02 a.m. - Dec. 31, 2050, 8:03 a.m.
Supplemental Information

Grid on map has a spatial resolution of 0.2 degrees.

Spatial Representation Type
grid data is used to represent geographic data