Habitats are areas with a characteristic environment inhabited by characteristic species. The habitat for a community of species is called a biotope. Biotopes may be characterised by species that themselves are providing habitat for other species, or by an assemblage of species without that function.
MAREANO contributes information on seabed habitats and biotopes that can provides a basis for ecosystem based management by producing two complementary types of biotope maps. In addition to this MAREANO contributes to the development of a national standard of nature classification - Nature in Norway (NiN). More information about each product type is given below.