Abstract Title

Session S-07E: Aquatic Vegetation

Proposed Abstract Title

The Marine Vegetation Atlas: An interactive map for exploring eelgrass and kelp information in Washington State

Presenter/Author Information

Lisa FerrierFollow

Keywords

Habitat

Location

Room 6C

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Description

Eelgrass and kelp are marine vegetation with recognized ecological values, and have been identified as indicators of ecosystem health. The purpose of this project is to improve access to information on the distribution of eelgrass, kelp, and other marine vegetation in greater Puget Sound and along the Washington Coast. Greater access to historical and current vegetation data is needed to inform management decision-making, support scientific research, and assess change over time. A deeper understanding of historical and current marine vegetation distribution will improve actions to protect and restore vegetated habitats and the species that depend on them. The Washington Department of Natural Resources developed the atlas to support its stewardship and environmental protection actions on state-owned aquatic lands. This Marine Vegetation Atlas is a spatial database comprised of historical and current observations of marine vegetation. Information is integrated from a broad range of sources, including large area maps, scientific studies, and site surveys completed for permits.. The atlas is accessible through an ArcGIS Server-based map on DNR’s external website for use by managers, policy makers, scientists, and the general public. In addition to providing summary information from over 200 surveys, the atlas allows users to download publicly available reports and data.

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The Marine Vegetation Atlas: An interactive map for exploring eelgrass and kelp information in Washington State

Room 6C

Eelgrass and kelp are marine vegetation with recognized ecological values, and have been identified as indicators of ecosystem health. The purpose of this project is to improve access to information on the distribution of eelgrass, kelp, and other marine vegetation in greater Puget Sound and along the Washington Coast. Greater access to historical and current vegetation data is needed to inform management decision-making, support scientific research, and assess change over time. A deeper understanding of historical and current marine vegetation distribution will improve actions to protect and restore vegetated habitats and the species that depend on them. The Washington Department of Natural Resources developed the atlas to support its stewardship and environmental protection actions on state-owned aquatic lands. This Marine Vegetation Atlas is a spatial database comprised of historical and current observations of marine vegetation. Information is integrated from a broad range of sources, including large area maps, scientific studies, and site surveys completed for permits.. The atlas is accessible through an ArcGIS Server-based map on DNR’s external website for use by managers, policy makers, scientists, and the general public. In addition to providing summary information from over 200 surveys, the atlas allows users to download publicly available reports and data.