Digital Coast Webinar Series


This series introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies and opportunities to engage with field experts and colleagues.

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Using Participatory GIS to Map Ocean Uses in the Mid-Atlantic

Thursday, May 1, 2014

2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

Presenter(s): Mimi D’Iorio, Laura McKay, Nick Meade, and Jeanne Herb

Understanding human uses of the ocean is essential to successful marine planning. Unfortunately, spatial data on ocean uses are often limited and difficult to capture consistently over large areas. Participatory geographic information system (PGIS) processes provide interactive ways to capture local knowledge and ocean use patterns through specialized GIS mapping tools. NOAA has been working with partners all over the country to apply this method at local and regional scales. This webinar will be a panel discussion with NOAA and its partners in the mid-Atlantic region focused on the process, data, and lessons learned.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about the NOAA PGIS method for capturing ocean use data and where it has been applied;
  • Hear insights from the mid-Atlantic team that has taken the process from one state to the entire region for marine planning applications; and
  • Gain a better understanding about the data, products, and often unexpected outcomes of PGIS projects.