The Seascape as an Indicator of Environmental Interest and Quality of the Mediterranean Benthos: The in Situ Development of a Description Index: The LIMA [chapter]

Sylvie Gobert, Aurélia Chéry, Alexandre Volpon, Corinne Pelaprat, Pierre Lejeune
2014 Underwater Seascapes  
The LIMA index conveys the environmental interest and quality of the 7 landscape formed by the Mediterranean benthos, ranging from 0 to − 40 m, in nu-8 merical format. The LIMA index allows a comparison spatially and temporarily 9 between sites. It is a comprehensive index which is easy to implement and is com-10 posed of two factors: a topographical description (classification of 15 typologies) and 11 a biological description (the presence or absence of some thirty species or groups of 12
more » ... r groups of 12 structuring, remarkable and invasive species). The LIMA index has been validated in 13 the Bay of Calvi (Corsica-France) where it varies between 0.31 and 0.79 on a scale 14 of 0.00-1.00. 15 Keywords Remarkable species · Invasive species · Benthos · Seagrass · Interest and 16 quality index · Corsica 17 S. Gobert ( ) Oceanology-MARE,
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-03440-9_18 fatcat:b4e2lhg32jak7p2lw2uurtxp3e