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Webinar: NOAA's Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping Seminar series: IWG-Ocean and Coastal Mapping Spatial Priorities Study

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Thursday, 20 January 2022, 3:00

Thursday, January 20, 2022. 3:00 PM. Webinar: NOAA's Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping Seminar series: IWG-Ocean and Coastal Mapping Spatial Priorities Study. Karen Gouws, NOAA. Sponsored by NOAA Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping Program. More information here. Register here.

This seminar will discuss the analysis of results from the IWG-OCM Spatial Priorities Study. The Spatial Priorities Study was conducted across IWG-OCM federal agencies to gather information about where different agencies had mapping priorities. This study allowed users to indicate for their programs which regions of ocean (nearshore and offshore) and Great Lakes had the most mapping needs in the near or longer term. When aggregated, the results can help us allocate resources efficiently, provide a means to reach out to other partners for coordination, and leverage funding assistance where there is a shared mapping need between organizations.

Participants entered mapping priorities throughout 2021 with an easy-to-use online tool developed by NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). Building from other studies using the NCCOS tool, these results were combined and analyzed using geospatial tools to identify areas of greatest mapping priority, areas of overlapping requirements, and justifications for why mapping data is needed.

The study is now rolling out on a region-by-region basis, capturing the priorities of other stakeholders such as state governments, local governments, tribal governments, organizations, and corporations, private stakeholders, fisheries organizations, academia, and other groups. This is being done as a milestone activity under the National Ocean Mapping, Exploration and Characterization Strategy (NOMEC).

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