National Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services Map – Supporting Ecosystem Service Information: Habitat Asset Register

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This dataset contains a habitat asset register for Ireland, e.g. a national scale habitat map conflating all nationally relevant habitat data into one dataset.

This dataset is part of a dataset series that establishes an ecosystem service maps (national scale) for a set of services prioritised through stakeholder consultation and any intermediate layers created by Environment Systems Ltd in the cause of the project. The individual dataset resources in the datasets series are to be considered in conjunction with the project report:

The project provides a National Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services (ES) map for a suite of prioritised services to assist implementation of MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their services) in Ireland.

This involves stakeholder consultation for identification of services to be mapped, the development of a list of indicators and proxies for mapping, as well as an assessment of limitations to ES mapping on differing scales (Local, Catchment, Region, National, EU) based on data availability. Reporting on data gaps forms part of the project outputs.

The project relied on the usage of pre-existing data, which was also utilised to create intermediate data layers to aid in ES mapping. For a full list of the data used throughout the project workings, please refer to the project report.

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Theme Environment
Date dataset released 2010-05-01
Date dataset updated 2017-06-26
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes {,"Copyright Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.",otherRestrictions,"Copyright Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.",otherRestrictions}
Update frequency Other
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-11.2659477885, 51.2059662415],[-11.2659477885, 55.820224054], [-5.75081106972, 55.820224054], [-5.75081106972, 51.2059662415], [-11.2659477885, 51.2059662415]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM, EPSG:2157)
Vertical Extent {"maxVerticalExtent": "1014", "verticalDomainName": "EPSG Projection 5731 - Malin Head height", "minVerticalExtent": "0"}
Provenance information 50m raster grid file used in the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems Service Project. Created by Environment Systems Ltd. (ESL). The dataset was derived through additive analysis of relevant spatial data from a conflation of listed datasets: 1. Base Layer - Corine 2. Connolly derived peatland map 3. RBMA13 – High bog cutaway 4. LPIS – Arable 5. LPIS - grassland 6. FIPS 7. WFD Lake segments 8. National Survey of Upland Habitats 9. NPWS semi-natural grassland survey 10. National Survey of Native Woodlands 11. ALEW 12. Article 17: completed Upland Mosaics 13. Article 17: Limestone pavement 14. Article 17: Residual alluvial forests 15. Article 17: Old oak woodlands 16. Article 17: Taxus baccata woods 17. Article 17: Blanket bog (active) 18. Article 17: Wet heath 19. Article 17: Dry heath 20. Article 17: Calcareous rocky slopes 21. Article 17: Siliceous Scree 22. Article 17: Calcareous Scree 23. RBMA13_unsurveyed_data_prior_2007 24. RBMA13_habitats_2007_13_othersources 25. RBMA13_habitats_prior_2007 26. Raised Bog RBMA13_ecotope_map 27. Article 17: Bog woodland 28. Article 17: Transition Mires 29. Article 17: Cladium Fens 30. Article 17: Alkaline fens 31. Article 17: Species-rich Nardus upland grassland 32. Article 17: Molinia meadows 33. Article 17: Hydrophilous tall herb 34. Article 17: Orchid-rich calcareous grassland 35. Article 17: Lowland hay meadows 36. Article 17: Alpine and subalpine heath 37. Article 17: Coastal Lagoons 38. Saltmarsh monitoring project 39. Article 17 Machair 21A0 40. Article 17: Fixed dunes 41. Article 17: Marram dunes 42. Article 17: Embryonic shifting dunes 43. Article 17: Dunes with creeping willow 44. Article 17 Humid Dune Slacks 2190 45. Turloughs 46. OSi : Built-up areas (Buildings, Regional Roads, National Primary Roads, National Secondary Roads, Motorways) Intermediate layers were created for some of the datasets, as they required manipulation in order to be used in the data conflation to create the Habitat Asset Register (see Parker et. al., 2016*, p. 37 - for details). For the full processing methodology, including a comprehensive list of the input datasets, associated scores, full processing methodology, including any modification of the input data refer to the project Final Report (resource 23). The final raster dataset has been created at a cell size of 50m. All processing steps were carried out at a cell size of 50m. Metadata for all input datasets is included with the datasets in question. Filename /Map package / PNG (HAR L1): 3010_MAES15-HAR_L1.tif / 3010MAES15-HAR_L1.mpk / 3010MAES15-HAR_L1.png Filename /Map package / PNG (HAR Data source): 3010_MAES15-HAR_DataSource.tif / 3010MAES-HAR_DataSource.mpk / 3010MAES15-HAR_DataSource.png Filename (HAR L2): 3010_MAES15-HAR_L2.tif Filename (HAR original conflation): 3010_MAES15-HAR_OriginalClasses.tif Filename (HAR look-up table classes/raster values): 3010_MAES15-HAR_LookUp.xlsx Project processing was carried out in EPSG29902 Final outputs were converted to EPSG2157, using the transformation provided by proj4 (, which is used by most GIS software for coordinate system manipulation. The source Coordinate Reference System is Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM). The transformation used is equivalent in accuracy to the one held by NPWS. This dataset has been created using various processing and GIS software including; ArcMap 10.1, FME and QGIS. Parker, N., Naumann, E-K., Medcalf, K., Haines-Young, R., Potschin, M., Kretsch, C., Parker, J. & Burkhard, B. (2016) National ecosystem and ecosystem service mapping pilot for a suite of prioritised services. Irish Wildlife Manuals, No. 95. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Ireland.

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