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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)

NOAA ORCA Coastal Assessment Framework (CAF) is a digital spatial framework developed using geographic information systems technology, which allows resource managers and analysts to organize and present information on the nation's coastal and marine resources. The CAF provides a consistently derived, watershed-based digital spatial framework for managers and analysts to organize and present information on the nation's coastal, near-ocean, and Great Lakes' resources....The Coastal Assessment Framework is currently available from ORCA in digital format (see the Availability of Digital Data files section of this page)...The Framework encompasses nearly 83 percent of the land area within the contiguous United States(1) and include the drainage basins of nearly all of the nation's rivers.

NOAA Coastal Services Center (2234 South Hobson Avenue Charleston, SC 29405-2413 843-740-1200 (phone) 843-740-1224 (fax) Don't miss their extensive list of GIS products and services . see the Integration & Development department for a list of GIS CD-ROM Databases and Products they have produced, including Columbia River, WA/OR, Land Cover Change CD-ROM . San Francisco Bay, CA, Land Cover Change CD-ROM, NOAA Searchable Coastal GIS Bibliography . NOAA Nautical Chart Extension for ArcView® 3.0 . Standard Data Exchange Format Extension for ArcView® 3.0 . ArcView® Metadata Collector v2.0 . National Estuarine Research Reserve Digital Boundary . Their Projects include: Coastal Hazards Overview, Imagery Derived Products, "The Protected Areas Geographic Information System (PAGIS) project is a National Ocean Service (NOS)-wide initiative to develop fully integrated GIS, spatial data management, and Internet capabilities at all National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) and National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS)." . "The Ocean Planning and Governance Geographic Information System (Ocean GIS) is a prototype on-line regional marine Geographic Information System (GIS), for the Southeast, covering the ocean area bounded by North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, the exclusive economic zone, and several maritime boundaries. " . Geospatial Product Development: "Satellite-derived land cover data have not previously been readily accessible to the desktop geographic information system (GIS) community. The I&D Program is addressing this problem by integrating satellite-derived land cover data with other vector data in a multi-platform environment for use by coastal resource managers. The satellite data is generated by the Coastal Change Analysis Program and the Coastal Remote Sensing groups at the NOAA Coastal Services Center. " Penobscot Bay Geographic Information System "I&D Program will provide technical support to the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and the Island Institute of Maine to develop a regional Geographic Information System (GIS) decision support system for Penobscot Bay in the Gulf of Maine." Their Ocean GIS is built in MapObjects IMS to be a "prototype, on-line GIS that covers the coastal zones and ocean areas off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. This is the first attempt in the U.S. to create regional, multi-state GIS for the ocean; similar projects for other regions may be developed in the future."

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). NMFS administers NOAA's programs which support the domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources. NMFS provides services and products to support domestic and international fisheries management operations, fisheries development, trade and industry assistance activities, enforcement, protected species and habitat conservation operations, and the scientific and technical aspects of NOAA's marine fisheries program.

NOAA National Status and Trends (NS&T) Program is the primary vehicle for monitoring conducted by the Division. It is made up of seven major components: the Mussel Watch Project, the Benthic Surveillance Project, Bioeffects Surveys, the Quality Assurance Project, Specimen Banking, Historical Trends, and Coastal Contamination Assessments. see a map of "high" concentrations. The Raw Data is available for download.

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (NOAA R/PMEL 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 PH: 206-526-6239 FAX: 206-526-6815 ) "Current PMEL programs focus on coastal and open ocean observations in support of prediction of the ocean environment on time scales from days to decades...Innovative technology in software and hardware has been developed in support of PMEL's research projects. Outstanding software and data management capabilities allow scientists to access, view and analyze observational and gridded data, and to work with geograpical information systems. " Don't miss the VENTS Online Geographic Information System (GIS): You can also see INTERACTIVE GIS DATA for several ridges and a 1996 Acoustic Whale Experiment .

NOAA VENTS Online Geographic Information System (GIS): (Andra Bobbitt - GIS contact, NOAA/Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2115 SE OSU Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5258 tel:541-867-0274 fax:541-867-3907 "NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory maintains numerous data bases related to the research and exploration of hydrothermal vent processes. PMEL utilizes Geographic Information Systems to integrate these multidisciplinary data sets. Many of the data sets are provided here to the research community in a GIS format (mainly ArcInfo and ArcView Shapefile)"

OCEAN98 (Koopmanstraat 1 P.O. Box 5807 2280 HV Rijswijk Netherlands Phone: (+31)-70-3366816 Fax: (+31)-70-3900691 E-mail:" is an exciting educational challenge combining ocean going and virtual expeditions. Information from various perpectives and anywhere in the world is presented. " Their LINKS PAGE links to a lot of ocean maps (but some of the links are old)

Oceanic Resource Foundation, Ca . (P. O. Box 280216 San Francisco CA 94128-0216 USA tel:415-835-9478 or 888-835-9478 fax:415-954-7199 GIS Contact: Greg L. Carter, ) "ORF is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment through research, conservation and education, with a focus on Baja California and Latin America....Remnant turtle populations that were once large, and five years ago thought to be nonexistent, are being studied, protected and slowly restored. Turtles are no longer commercially hunted in Mexico, but they are still illegally killed for local consumption and their nests are subject to animal predation and human poachers. GIS mapping of migratory routes and habitat analysis is expected to play an important role in the successful restoration of these creatures. " Example GIS projects include: Sea of Cortez Biodiversity Species Inventory Project: ..The collection of fish population data will be translated to a GIS mapping program for trend analysis. Potential impacts to the ecosystem from shrimp trawling will be analyzed."

People for Puget Sound, Seattle WA c96 . (1402 Third Ave., Suite 1200 Seattle WA 98101 phone: (206) 382-7007 fax: (206) 382-7006 . email: GIS Contact: Zach Schwartz) People for Puget Sound is a non-profit citizens group dedicated to educating and involving people in protecting and restoring the land and waters of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits. We seek to eliminate contamination of our waters, to halt the destruction of natural habitats, and to sustain the Sound and Straits as a healthy source of people's livelihood, enjoyment and renewal. Don't miss their stunning GIS Mapping Report: Citizen's Shoreline Inventory: "The Citizens Shoreline Inventory is a project created by People for Puget Sound and Adopt a Beach that recruits and trains volunteer stewards to collect detailed data about the shoreline of Puget Sound. The project was created to fill gaps in understanding Puget Sound shorelines and educate citizens about the importance of these habitats. The information collected by our stewards is stored at People for Puget Sound and connected to a series of interactive maps using a Geographic Information System (GIS). The resulting Citizens Shoreline Atlas has become the most comprehensive citizen-based, nearshore habitat assessment of its kind in Washington State." Also see the review article on the CSI in the Soundweb Newsletter . See also: A conservation blueprint for the Snohomish estuary : "To assist with the site selection/decision-making process in the Snohomish, People for Puget Sound is using a combination of existing reports, on-the-ground habitat surveys, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and a community-based outreach program. 'Our project goal is to identify sites that will contribute substantially to the ecological integrity of the Snohomish River estuary, and to connect existing high quality habitat in a fish and wildlife corridor stretching from the head of tidal influence to Puget Sound'....To identify potential areas for restoration or preservation data was analyzed using criteria like acreage, ownership, land use, and existing condition or "functional wetland value. "The GIS system allowed us to 'ask' the database which parcels of land had a particular combination of these characteristics," says Schwartz. ' (For a copy of the blueprint, call Tom Dean at (206) 382-7007 or send email to ) Also see: Duwamish Estuary Stewardship Project . "This spring People for Puget Sound launched a major new habitat restoration effort, the Duwamish Estuary Stewardship Project. We are bringing together an experienced group of organizations to work with agencies, local businesses, volunteers and urban youth to restore salmon habitat at more than 20 sites in the Duwamish Estuary. "


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996


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