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Webinar: Serving Coral Connections in the US Virgin Islands

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Thursday, 26 September 2019, 12:00

Thursday, September 26, 2019. 12:00PM. Webinar: Serving Coral Connections in the US Virgin Islands. Dan Dorfman, NOAA/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; Leslie Henderson and Pedro Nieves, USVI Dept of Planning and Natural Resources. Sponsored by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Service. More information here


NCCOS and the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources have partnered to develop an on-line tool and mapping services in support of coral ecosystem planning and management. The tool provides a wide range of information associated with coral reef ecosystems. The information provided includes locations of coral and distributions of benthic habitats. Data from in water surveys, ecosystem characterization, and human uses. By providing the information as public map services and an on-line tool, we enable local planners and managers to readily and reliably integrate information on coral ecosystems into management decisions. The tool can be applied by the USVI DPNR to provide ecosystem context to permitting and land use decisions. Additionally, this on-line capacity can support a wide range of needs including promoting public awareness, advancing scientific research, and communicating management decision.

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