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Mapping Tools to Support Protected Area Management

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• Bathymetry
• Biological and habitat information
• Management zones
• Oil and gas activities
• Oceanographic data
• Remotely-operated vehicle tracks
• Underwater photographs

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Mapping Tools to Support Protected Area Management

  1. 1. Mapping Tools to SupportProtected Area Management Mapping tools from: Flower Garden Banks NMS Geo-Platform Stellwagen Bank NMS
  2. 2. Flower Gardens Map Tool • Bathymetry • Biological and habitat information • Management zones • Oil and gas activities • Oceanographic data • Remotely-operated vehicle tracks • Underwater photographs
  3. 3. Underwater Image Functions
  4. 4. www.geoplatform.gov• Powered by Environmental Response Management Application® (ERMA)• Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) tool for emergency responders and resource managers• Response operations for Deepwater Horizon spill• Updated daily• Partnership - NOAA and the University of New Hampshires Coastal Response Research Center• Designed by NOAAs Office of Response and Restoration, UNH, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  5. 5. First Level Data Layers
  6. 6. Weather Functions
  7. 7. Spill Support Functions
  8. 8. Spatial Resolution
  9. 9. Stellwagen Bank Here we are Cape Ann Stellwagen Atlantic Bank OceanBoston NMSMASSACHUSETTS Cape Cod 2,188 square km
  10. 10. Ship Strikes Distribution of SBNMS Ship Strikes for Baleen WhalesLocations inferred from Jensen &Silber 2003
  11. 11. Why are Right Whales SoVulnerable to Ship Strikes?• Slow• Coastal distribution• High % of time in upper 20 m
  12. 12. Baleen Whales Distribution: 1979 - 2004 Red = highest density Blue = lowest density
  13. 13. Shipping Lane/Traffic Separation Scheme
  14. 14. Whale tagging teamand equipment
  15. 15. DTAG onhumpback whale
  16. 16. Surface Swimming Fluking Gliding DivingSide rollson bottom
  17. 17. Whale Tagging & Tracking Surface Swimming Gliding Fluking Side rolls Diving Rising
  18. 18. GOALShift the TSS to an area where whale density is historically lower.Baleen Whales Distribution: 1979 - 2004 Red = highest density Blue = lowest density
  19. 19. Sediment Classification Old TSS New TSS36% Mud Less Feeding 35% Mud48% Sand Area traversed 16% Sand16% Gravel by New TSS 49% Gravel
  20. 20. Shipping lanesmoved in 2007to reduce therisk of shipstrike to whales81% all whales58% right whales
  21. 21. CompliancewasExcellent
  22. 22. Cornell University Bioacoustics Research Program www.listenforwhales.org
  23. 23. http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov

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