NEAT – Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool:
a validated tool for the integrated, consistent and comparative assessment of biodiversity status and GES across regional seas and the uncertainties related to this assessment
NEAT is an acronym for „Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool” and the software is an implementation of NEAT as a biodiversity assessment tool used for assessing the environmental status of marine areas according to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). NEAT itself as an assessment method is not restricted to the MSFD but can be used for various other assessment needs. The Deliverable D6.3 gives an overview of the principles applied in NEAT, explains the usage of the software and gives advice on how to best utilize the software for making a solid assessment, not only restricted to biodiversity (although named as such in the software) but usable for any MSFD descriptor.
The NEAT software aims to represent a flexible and user-friendly desktop application implementing the assessment tool developed in work package (WP) 6 of the DEVOTES project (Integrative assessment of biodiversity). It integrates results from e.g. WP1 (Human pressures and climate change), WP3 (Indicator testing and development) and others in order to be a central access point to the data collected in the DEVOTES project and to make use of these data for the biodiversity assessment.
Each zip folder contains: NEAT (.dmg or .exe).
The manual of NEAT software for biodiversity assessment is available here
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