Predictive Modeling of Deep-sea Coral Habitat

Deep-sea corals are of particular conservation concern due to their slow growth rates and vulnerability to disturbance. Predicitive modeling of deep-sea coral habitat can aid conservation planning, inform management of offshore activities affecting the seafloor, and guide exploration. Modeling can also lend insights into the environmental factors driving the distribution of deep-sea corals, helping to build our understanding of how these unique ecosystems function. This map depicts the predicted likelihood for framework-forming deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Mexico. Launch the map