California Ocean Uses Atlas Project

Presentation on California Ocean Uses Atlas Project by Nick Hayden, Mimi D'Iorio, Charles Wahle, and Jordan Gass of the NOAA MPA Center and Lance Morgan of MCBI (October 20, 2009).  The California Ocean Uses Atlas Project is mapping nearly 30 different human uses of the ocean off the state of California through participatory GIS workshops. The atlas provides baseline information regarding the location and extent to which the ocean environment is used for non-consumptive, industrial, military and fishing uses. Potential applications and clients of Atlas products include the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, federal MPA initiatives, fisheries management actions, ocean energy siting, and regional ocean governance. Data, maps and analytical products will be made available to state and federal agencies and to all interested parties via various publicly accessible web sites. This presentation covered how the atlas is being created and provided a walk-through of the current Atlas. Learn more about the project at

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