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Marine Ecosystem Data Viewer

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This viewer provides an interactive look at geospatial data which the NOAA Biogeography Branch collected and integrated to support NPS management of marine resources in eight coral reef park units. The focus of activities was to identify, obtain, synthesize, and evaluate all relevant ecological, oceanographic, socio-economic, cultural, and remote sensing datasets. The products from this effort provide an accurate, contemporary assessment of the abundance and distribution of biological, physical, and socioeconomic information within coral reef parks to support more effective management and conservation of ocean resources within these parks.

Park Shoreline Maps

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The Natural Resources Stewardship & Science directorate (NRSS) developed shoreline maps for ocean and coastal parks using publicly available imagery and park boundaries from the NPS Land Resources Program (LRP). Slightly more than half of the ocean and coastal parks have LRP-approved boundaries; the boundaries of the remaining parks are provisionary until approved by the LRP.

Seafloor Habitat Maps

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Seafloor habitat maps provide park managers with better information about the location and condition of submerged resources and support resource assessments and management planning. The maps establish baseline conditions for future monitoring and can inform post-incident (e.g., storms, ship groundings, oil spills, etc.) management decisions. The NRSS co-hosted an interagency habitat mapping workshop with USGS in 2008 as the first step in developing a seafloor habitat mapping program.

Last Updated: November 05, 2014