This image shows several of the data layers available in the registry for the West Coast of CA. Data displayed in the map are estuarine bathymetry, dominant human use activities, raster navigational charts, Coastal Relief Model, and maritime transportation data layers (e.g., anchorage areas and shipping channels).
Coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) is a tool that provides transparent information about ocean use, guarantees the public and stakeholders a voice in decisions affecting the oceans, and creates an inclusive, bottom-up planning approach that gives states and regions the ability to make informed decisions about how best to use the ocean. A cornerstone of collaborative regionally based planning is providing access to data for transparent, science-based decision making.
In support of CMSP, NOS Special Projects developed the NOAA CMSP Data Registry. The tool is a collection of NOAA geospatial data sets that will directly contribute to comprehensive regional planning. These data are also being integrated into ocean.data.gov to reach a broader audience.
Today, when an industry proposes a coastal or ocean activity, the information needed to obtain permits or to determine the most suitable placement is often hard to find or fragmented. Tools such as the NOAA CMSP Data Registry are designed to provide streamlined access to the full suite of data needed for transparent, science-based decision making. Through the CMSP Data Registry, businesses and stakeholders benefit by having access to the same information that regulators have when they are making decisions. This also means that they don't have to make investments in collecting data that is already available.
Within the tool, data sets are organized thematically and served with supporting metadata. Some of the available data include seamless raster navigational charts, bathymetry, human uses, essential fish habitat, and boundaries for U.S. marine protected areas. There are approximately 50 data sets included in the registry.
Authoritative NOAA data are provided in a variety of standard web mapping service formats for display and download. Many can be previewed – either individually or simultaneously in a data mash-up with other registry data sets – using ESRI's new ArcGIS.com map viewer.