Most studies relating to the marine environment require input regarding the types of habitats that are present in particular areas. Identification and categorisation of marine habitats are important for conservation and protection purposes especially where there is a high pressure for coastal development. AP Marine’s capabilities and scientific background enables the categorisation and assessment of marine habitats. This is done utilising a variety of methods including scientific diving, acoustic survey methods (single beam sonar, side-scan sonar, bathymetry) combined with groundtruthing, sampling, and GIS mapping.
On site surveys scientific diving methods are employed as well as sampling, visual techniques such as photography and videography as well as the collection of local knowledge and historic data are additionally utilized so that a complete idea about a specific area is created.