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Maps and Geographical Data Explorers

BIOMappers let you interactively view data, aerial imagery, dive photography, underwater video and related publications for the benthic habitat mapping of many U.S. coral reefs. In addition to viewing benthic habitat data, you can examine the attributes of the data and show different thematic representations. Photos and videos taken during dive missions are linked to the location of the dives. You can produce customized PDF maps in a pre-formatted template.

Spatial Planning Portals contain a collection of data to assist in determining whether an area is important and why. They are tailored to the needs of a specific project and designed to be used with a Prioritization Form to capture the information needs for that project and create a consensus of where future activities should be focused.

Data Explorer Maps let you view data collected by the National Status and Trends Program (NS&T), the National Benthic Inventory (NBI), and Ecological Research, Assessment and Prediction Program (ERAP). Data explorer maps are most useful when looking for data for a specific geographic location. Tools for downloading data by study or data type are available on our websites, tools and desktop applications page.


Biogeography Projects

NCCOS scientists and GIS specialists develop cutting-edge products that describe the distribution and ecology of living marine resources and their connections to human communities. Explore some of our work in the coastal and marine waters of the U.S. and its territories.

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Buck Island USVI BIOMapper

This portal contains a comprehensive collection of data, including aerial imagery, acoustic imagery, benthic habitat shapefiles, ground validation sites, underwater video, and still photography. These data products provide a detailed, contemporary evaluation on the status, abundance, and distribution of marine benthic habitats for Buck Island USVI. The results of these efforts will provide resource managers, scientists, and the public increased understanding and technical capacity for ocean exploration, management and stewardship.

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Hawaii BIOMapper

This portal contains a comprehensive collection of data, including aerial imagery, acoustic imagery, benthic habitat shapefiles, ground validation sites, underwater video, and still photography. In addition, the BIOMapper tool provides the ability to create customized, printable PDF maps. These data products provide a detailed, contemporary evaluation on the status, abundance, and distribution of marine benthic habitats for Main 8 Hawaii Islands. The results of these efforts will provide resource managers, scientists, and the public increased understanding and technical capacity for ocean exploration, management and stewardship.

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Invasive lionfish: Little Fish, Big Problem

Invasive lionfish are changing marine habitats in the Western Atlantic and our understanding of invasive species. Learn how communities at the center of the invasion are using science, food, art and culture to stop these invaders in their tracks and spread awareness.

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Jobos Bay BIOMapper

This portal contains a comprehensive collection of data, including aerial imagery, acoustic imagery, benthic habitat shapefiles, ground validation sites, underwater video, and still photography. These data products provide a detailed, contemporary evaluation on the status, abundance, and distribution of marine benthic habitats for Jobos Bay. Users can explore benthic habitat mapping data from the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP): Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico Special Emphasis Watershed Partnership project.

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Long Island Sound Spatial Prioritization Tool

This portal contains a collection of existing data to assist you in determining whether an area is important and why, but should not be considered as the only factors for consideration. It is expected that you or your organization may have additional knowledge - this can and should be used in your evaluation as well. This portal, in conjunction with the PDF Prioritization Form, will be used to capture the information needs of your program and others to create a consensus of where future activities should be focused within the Sound.

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Majuro (Marshall Islands) BIOMapper

This portal contains a comprehensive collection of data, including satellite imagery, benthic habitat shapefiles, ground validation sites, underwater video, and still photography. In addition, the BIOMapper tool provides the ability to create customized, printable PDF maps. These data products provide a detailed, contemporary evaluation on the status, abundance, and distribution of marine benthic habitats for Majuro. The results of these efforts will provide resource managers, scientists, and the public increased understanding and technical capacity for ocean exploration, management and stewardship.

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Mapping America’s Coral Reefs

This NCCOS story map takes you on a tour of some of our nation’s coral reef ecosystems spanning the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Explore the maps and witness how our mapping efforts support managers and decision makers in their ability to understand, study and protect these unique resources.

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National Park Service Gap Analysis Data Viewer

This portal contains all existing ecological, oceanographic, socio-economic, cultural, and remote sensing datasets available for several NPS-managed Pacific and Caribbean marine Park Units. This information will primarily serve to better inform local NPS managers as to the existing state of resources, provide a baseline for future comparative efforts, and guide present and future monitoring efforts. Furthermore, these data and the monitoring activities conducted by NPS and NOAA will serve a larger research, management, and monitoring strategy by enabling inter-jurisdictional comparisons of coral reef ecosystems world-wide.

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 National Status and Trends Data Explorer

NS&T programs describe the environmental quality of US estuarine and coastal waters, along with changes or trends in environmental quality. NS&T is comprised of three nationwide programs - Benthic Surveillance, Mussel Watch and Bioeffects, and Special Studies that assess the environmental impacts of various events. The interactive data explorer is the best way to look at NS&T data from a specific geographic location. Visit the NS&T Program download page to download ASCII files parsed by study and data type or geographic region.

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Palmyra BIOMapper

This portal contains a comprehensive collection of data, including aerial imagery, acoustic imagery, benthic habitat shapefiles, ground validation sites, underwater video, and still photography. In addition, the BIOMapper tool provides the ability to create customized, printable PDF maps. These data products provide a detailed, contemporary evaluation on the status, abundance, and distribution of marine benthic habitats for Palmyra. The results of these efforts will provide resource managers, scientists, and the public increased understanding and technical capacity for ocean exploration, management and stewardship.

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St John BIOMapper

This portal contains a comprehensive collection of data from this portion of the National Park Service (NPS) network of managed marine Ocean Parks, offering easy access to aerial and acoustic imagery, benthic habitat data, survey sites, dive photography and underwater video, and related publications and the ability to create customized, printable PDF maps. These data products provide a detailed, contemporary evaluation on the status, abundance, and distribution of marine plants and animals for the island. The results of these efforts will provide NPS managers, scientists, and the public increased understanding and technical capacity for ocean exploration, management and stewardship.

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Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Data Viewer

This portal contains ecological and socioeconomic datasets including management boundaries, human use activities, species distributions and benthic habitats in the southeast Florida region. These data give an overview of human interactions with the ecological systems in the area of the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI). The tool allows managers, stakeholders and the general public to visualize data that assists with decision-making about management of the coral reef ecosystem in southeast Florida.

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Southwestern Puerto Rico BIOMapper

This tool contains a comprehensive collection of data, including aerial imagery, acoustic imagery, benthic habitat shapefiles, ground validation sites, underwater video, and still photography. In addition, the BIOMapper tool provides the ability to create customized, printable PDF maps. These data products provide a detailed, contemporary evaluation on the status, abundance, and distribution of marine benthic habitats for Guanica, Parguera, and Belvedere Bays.

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Tidal Creek Data Explorer

The Tidal Creek Sentinel Habitats Data Explorer Map was created to allow individuals to view the data collected by the Ecological Research, Assessment and Prediction (ERAP) Program to evaluate the effects of coastal development on vital southeastern and Gulf of Mexico tidal creek habitats.

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Vieques BIOmapper

This portal contains a comprehensive collection of data, including aerial imagery, benthic habitat shapefiles, ground validation and accuracy assessment survey sites, underwater video and still photography. In addition, the BIOMapper tool provides the ability to create customized, printable PDF maps. These data products provide a detailed, contemporary evaluation on the status, abundance, and distribution of marine benthic habitats for the island. The results of these efforts will provide resource managers, scientists, and the public increased understanding and technical capacity for ocean exploration, management and stewardship.

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Washington State Spatial Prioritization Data Viewer

This viewer has been compiled to assist the State in mandated efforts to conduct marine spatial planning along Washington's outer coast. This viewer contains a collection of existing seafloor mapping data that can be utilized by planners to prioritize areas of the coast for additional data collection. This viewer contains a range of information on the type, extent, year, and source of a multitude of seafloor mapping surveys conducted along the outer coast.

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