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The Crick Framework

The Crick Framework was proposed during the MEOW project. The Crick Framework is a way to categorise how well EO techniques can be used to identify habitats and features on the ground.

About the framework

First proposed in MEOW Phase 1, and further developed across Phase 2 and 3, the Crick Framework was developed as a tool to assess the extent to which EO could identify habitats. Five tiers enable the user of the framework to establish how possible it is to map a habitat of interest, and to subsequently suggest what quantity/type of EO data is needed.

Image: Crick FW tiers

Figure: Tier diagram for The Crick Framework, categorising habitats based on the EO and ancillary data required to map them.

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Using the framework

Image: Map generated using the Crick Framework for Norfolk, England, in MEOW Phase 2The Crick Framework tiers outlined provide a categorisation for habitats, based on the ability to map and monitor them using EO, with or without ancillary datasets.

As the Crick Framework was developed, a detailed spreadsheet was created that provides further information regarding techniques to map and assess habitats, alongside data requirements. The Framework is also supported by a User Manual.

You are free to re-use the data in the information in the Crick Framework spreadsheet subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence. If you re-use this information in your product or application you must acknowledge the source by including or linking to the following attribution statement: “Contains JNCC data © copyright and database right 2013".

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