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California Ocean Uses Atlas Online Data Viewer

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NOAA Releases Interactive California Ocean Uses Atlas Online Data Viewer

California Ocean Uses Atlas Online Data Viewer

This tool was designed to help users visualize the results of the California Ocean Uses Atlas project, a collaboration between the MPAC and the Marine Conservation Biology Institute.

The National Marine Protected Areas Center (MPAC) has launched the California Ocean Uses Atlas online data viewer, an interactive application developed in collaboration with NOAA’s Special Projects Office.

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Use data were collected through a series of participatory workshops for ocean use experts held between October 2008 and July 2009.

This viewer provides data on 27 different uses, representing the suite of human ocean activities, covering the area from California’s coastline to the exclusive economic zone. Visitors can answer simple spatial queries on overlapping human uses in California’s ocean, and display use data relative to marine protected areas and other background layers.

Data displayed in the viewer reflects the “Dominant Use Areas” for each activity, defined as where most of the use happens most of the time, and as mapped by multiple, independent groups. More detailed information on the general footprint for each use, GIS data, and maps are available online.