Demonstration of SeaSketch by Will McClintock and Evan Thomas Paul of the University of California at Santa Barbara (August 21, 2012)
Demonstration of SeaSketch by Will McClintock and Evan Thomas Paul of the University of California at Santa Barbara (August 21, 2012). SeaSketch is a web-based collaborative GeoDesign tool for ocean planning. It is designed as a "software-service," meaning that users may log onto the site and immediately begin using a host of features including: (1) defining a study region, (2) uploading and organizing map data for visualization, (3) creating user groups with specific data permissions, (4) creating map-based chat forums and invite users to participate, (5) defining sketch classes that correspond to sector-based management tools (e.g., conservation areas, aquaculture sites, mining sites, transportation zones, etc.), (6) designing and deploying geospatial survey tools (e.g., human use information, marine mammal sitings, etc.), and (7) sharing sketches, map book marks, map annotations and attachments within the map-based discussion forum. With assistance in developing case-specific analytics (e.g., those that correspond to each sketch class), users will also be able to: (8) generate reports that indicate how well designs meet guidelines (e.g., conservation or energy goals, etc.) and (9) visualize trade-off plots to find more optimal solutions. Finally, process facilitators will be able to: (1) trace sketch lineages to determine the origin and transference of spatial designs, (2) visualize social network diagrams to determine where collaboration is occurring or breaking down, and (3) generate layer use statistics to know where users are looking on the map and what features they are using to make decisions. Tool developers are developing SeaSketch as an end-to-end solution for marine spatial planning, from early discussions of existing data to data gathering to design, analysis, implementation and adaptive management. Learn more about SeaSketch at http://seasketch.org.