Marine Protected Areas Management and Monitoring (MarPAMM) is an environment project to develop tools for monitoring and managing a number of protected coastal marine environments in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland. It is a cross-border project, recognising that marine species and habitats do not abide by administrative borders, working to manage mobile species and border areas under an atmosphere of scientific and administrative cooperation with a focus on informing a holistic model for the distribution of key marine species. These distribution models will be used to augment Marine management and UCC is working with Ulster University, the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Marine Scotland Science, and the Scottish Association for Marine Science to elucidate seafloor substrate attributes with novel techniques and technologies. UCC will be focusing on the use of multifrequency backscatter, multifrequency water column data, 3D photogrammetry, and bathymetry data to determine the sedimentary and oceanographic processes and linking them to species.
1: To enhance the understanding of marine benthic sedimentary processes and their interaction with marine species.
2: To develop effectual methods of seabed mapping employing new techniques.
3: To inform Marine Protected Area management and monitoring to ensure the sustainable development of these areas.