AquaMaps are computer-generated predictions of natural occurrence of marine species, based on the environmental tolerance of a given species with respect to depth, salinity, temperature, primary productivity, and its association with sea ice or coastal areas. These 'environmental envelopes' are matched against an authority file which contains respective information for the Oceans of the World. Independent knowledge such as distribution by FAO areas or bounding boxes are used to avoid mapping species in areas that contain suitable habitat, but are not occupied by the species.
Maps on Species Richness developed by MACBIO as resource for the bioregions workshop (Feb 2018). The tool AquaMaps was used to show predictions of relative probabilities of species occurences in a global grid of half-degree latitude and longitude cell dimensions.
Map of Coral Species Richness in Solomon Islands EEZ. Grid based dataset that shows the number of coral species that are expected to be found-