Friday, October 5, 2012

New Mapping Tool Released for Ocean Planning in the Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) recently released a new Ocean Data Portal that is in development.  This data portal includes information on ocean life, human uses of the ocean, sea floor topography, habitat, and sediments, as well as ocean regulations.  The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Region includes coastal and offshore waters from Virginia to New York.  The data and mapping portal will serve as a resource for ocean planning efforts in the region.  The mapping capabilities make it easier to visualize and understand multiple layers of information together.  If you have data or information, high priority data needs have been identified here.  If you use the ocean or have an interest in how the ocean may be used in the future - check it out and provide your thoughts and insights by clicking on feedback! (Note: the Proposed Atlantic Wind Connection is shown under renewable energy. This potential transmission line will also transmit conventional, dirty fossil fuel energy. See prior blog on this project which we've termed the Atlantic Coal Connection.)

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