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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)


Coral Cay Conservation e92 . (HEAD OFFICE 154 Clapham Park Road London, SW4 7DE United Kingdom, TELEPHONE +44 (0) 171 498 6248, fax +44 (0) 171 498 8447, Email ccc@coralcay.demon.co.uk, WWW http://www.coralcay.org) . Each year, hundreds of people just like you join Coral Cay Conservation expeditions to the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific to help protect threatened coral reef and tropical forests. They have helped create numerous reserves and wildlife sanctuaries (including the new Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage Site) and establish conservation education and training centres for local people. Projects: Belize Project, Indonesia Project, Philippines Project, Critters, Environmental Issues, Reef Check 1997 . GIS PROGRAM: " In the Philippines CCC collaborated with the SeaMap Research Group (University of Newcastle) to generate data using a RoxAnn side-scan sonar. Once the basic map is produced and the survey work is completed, each habitat can be labelled using the information generated by data analysis. " see also Research Methods : "...In contrast to aerial photography, satellite imagery will usually only allow the resolution of major zones with any certainty. For example, although it was possible to distinguish between the rubble Acropora zones and the Turbinaria/Porites zone of the carbonate pavement at South Water Cay, these two habitat types could not be distinguished from the SPOT satellite image of the Sapodilla Cays and were collectively termed "Carbonate Pavement" (Mumby et al., 1994)..." .

CRC Reef Research Centre ( James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811 Telephone: (07) 4781 4976; Facsimile: (07) 4781 4099; Email: crcreef@jcu.edu.au . alternate url ) "The CRC Reef Research Centre undertakes an integrated program of applied research, training and extension to enhance sustainable Reef-based industries and economic activity, with particular emphasis on tourism, and provides an improved scientific basis for Reef management and regulatory decision making. " M. Puotinen is using GIS to study cyclone impact on corals across the entire Great Barrier Reef.

Davy Jones Locker! Seafloor Mapping, Marine & Coastal GIS (By Dr. Dawn Wright, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, 257 Wilkinson Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 tel:541-737-1229 fax:541-737-1200 email:dawn@dusk.geo.orst.edu ) "Established in August of 1998, Davey Jones' Locker is the laboratory of Dr. "Deepsea Dawn" Wright..covering research areas including: marine and coastal geographic information systems (GISs), particularly data conversion, spatial analysis, and metadata. AND processing, production, visualization, and interpretation of seafloor maps based on multibeam bathymetry, sidescan sonar, towed camera imagery, and submersible observations. Excellent LINKS PAGE . Do Not Miss: Swashbuckling Seafloor Visualizations © 1996-1998, Dawn Wright . Also see: A published map series and online data archive of the seafloor between Fiji and Samoa (Tonga Trench and forearc)

Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Watsonville CA c96 . (P. O. Box 267, Moss Landing, CA 95039 tel:(831) 728-2822 email: mailto:esf@elkhornslough.org) "The Elkhorn Slough Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the wise use and conservation of Elkhorn Slough and surrounding wetlands. It is member-supported, and works with local, state and national constituencies to protect our natural heritage..Elkhorn Slough is one of the few relatively undisturbed coastal wetlands remaining in California. The main channel of the slough, which winds inland 7 miles, is flanked by a broad salt marsh second in size only to San Francisco Bay. Over 400 species of invertebrates, 80 species of fish and 260 species of birds have been identified from Elkhorn Slough. ." See a MAP of the reserve: Elkhorn Slough Reserve is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Programs on the Reserve and around the slough are also supported by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, a nonprofit membership-supported organization. MAPS: (This section is under development): Monterey Bay Area Map, Elkhorn Slough Showing Important Geographic Locations, Location of Dikes Constructed Around Elkhorn Slough - Late 1800's to 1986, Changes in the Areas of Vegetated and Unvegetated Salt Marsh Caused by Erosion between 1931 and 1980 in the Mid Slough. Dont miss NOAA'S example land cover map of Elkhorn Slough . GIS PROGRESS: "Managing the Wetlands/ Agricultural Interface - this project is a pilot demonstration implementing economically viable, environmentally sound cultivation practices in a sensitive estuarine watershed to reduce erosion from hillsides and inputs of agricultural chemicals to waterways. Our work with local growers and agencies to cooperatively solve resource management conflicts has been productive. We have utilized the GIS to electronically archive our historic aerial photo collection and make them more broadly accessible. A portion of this project entails the monitoring and analysis of water quality data, cultivation practices and soil analysis and tracking species abundance and distribution in relation to inputs. These data are now part of the GIS layers available for research here. ..The data produced here is now incorporated into the regional Joint Data Committee of the Monterey Bay Area. . .Watershed Outreach Program - This GIS has been used to identify farms and ranches "at risk" of serious erosion and run-off. Analysis of aerial photographs, on the ground checks and mapping are involved in this project. Linkage of a recent digital ortho photo with the County's parcel map database has led to more rapid progress than would have been possible without these tools. Other GIS Projects include: Promoting and implementing habitat restoration in the Elkhorn Slough . Acquisition of Rare & Sensitive Maritime Chaparral . Central Bay water quality monitoring program . Decision makers Workshops . Tidal scour and the erosion of the marshes of Elkhorn Slough . Aerial Photo Archives & Clearinghouse . Value of GIS: "The two most important aspects, aside from the power of the information we can access, is that, one, we are now players in the local and regional GIS picture and two, we are a focal point for this kind of work in the watershed. The development of our long-term acquisition plan would have been virtually impossible for us to complete without this technology and without access to the County's datalayers. Because we are on the regional Joint Data Committee and share data with the regional agencies, we have access to tremendous storehouses of information. We anticipate that these relationships will continue to grow as time goes by."

Florida Marine Research Institute: (100 Eighth Avenue SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 tel:(727) 896-8626 General email mailto:info@fmri.usf.edu) . (See the article on ESRI's Development work for FMRI: MSAS and SORI) . " Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI), is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's scientific bureau for providing applied research and information synthesis to better manage our marine resources. This is done in concert and collaboration with our academic, non-profit, and private marine research institutions. " see: Statewide Ocean Resource Database for free GIS data downloads. Their GIS program includes AVHRR SST & Reflectance Satellite Imagery, Coastal and Marine Resource Assessment (CAMRA), Boater's Guides, GIS Metadata, SORI Statewide Ocean Resource Inventory, Biscayne Bay SWIM . Florida Marine Spill Analysis System (FMSAS) is an Arc-based system which is used to map coastal resources (such as beaches, seagrass beds, or mangrove shorelines) that may be threatened by a spill and to provide rapid analyses of the possible effects of a spill on these resources (Contact Christopher Friel, E-mail: friel_c@epic7.dep.state.fl.us) SEE SAMPLE FMSAS MAP1 and MAP2 . See EPA's FMSAS report: "The Florida Marine Spill Analysis System (FMSAS) was developed by the Florida Marine Research Institute as a computer application which uses Geographic Information System technology for marine spill contingency planning and response. The FMSAS integrates a variety of information such as geographic data, satellite imagery, and reference materials with targeted analytical routines needed to focus oil spill emergency response efforts on resource protection and to asses the extent of damage to coastal and marine environments. The FMSAS was successfully used to help various state and federal responders during the August 1993, Tampa Bay oil spill. This spill occurred when a freighter and two barges collided in the entrance to Tampa Bay, an especially environmentally sensitive area. Over 350,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil spilled into the bay waters. The FMSAS was used to track the oil relative to natural resources during the ten day period when the oil was adrift. Hundreds of maps produced using the FMSAS were distributed to responders who used the information to deploy booms, skimmers, and clean-up crews. In the aftermath of the spill, information derived from the FMSAS was used to support litigation aimed at recovering damages from responsible parties. "

Friends of Casco Bay Baykeeper, South Portland , ME e94 . Friends of Casco Bay is a grassroots organization that works to improve and protect the bay's environmental health by taking a cooperative approach to solving pollution problems and by creating a strong association with bay businesses, marine entities, and regulatory agencies.  See: A BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR CASCO BAY by Erno R. Bonebakker. See also: Casco Bay Estuary Project: "The Casco Bay Estuary Project ( Rm. 408, Law School Building, PO Box 9300 Portland, Maine 04104-9300 207-828-1043) began employing GIS at the outset of its work in order to gather and map information on existing conditions (e.g., soils, topography, wetlands, hydrography, and roads) in the watershed. Later applications have involved buildout analyses, systems for identifying threats to natural resources, and threedimensional visualizations of development uses. GIS technologies have been shared with local municipalities throughout the watershed to enhance their capacity for informed decisionmaking." see also Quality Assurance Plan For The Friends of Casco Bay’s Citizens’ Water Quality Monitoring Program . See Also: . CASCO BAY ESTUARY PROJECT (Peter Leimgruber, Timothy Boucher Contact: Smithsonian Institution, Conservation and Research Center, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, VA 22630 GIS Lab tel:540-635-6543 FAX:540-635-6506 Courses: Chris Larson (larsonc@crc.si.edu) "The Casco Bay Estuary Project in Maine is currently engaged in the environmental monitoring of Casco Bay...Increasingly, satellite imagery, remote sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become key tools for environmental monitoring...One task of the Casco Bay Estuary Project is to describe and delineate urban land cover."

 


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