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Open-File Report 01-179

Continental Shelf GIS for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

By Florence L. Wong and Stephen L. Eittreim

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A marine sanctuary is an environment where the interests of science and society meet. Sanctuary managers need access to the best scientific data available that describe the environment and environmental processes in sanctuaries. Seafloor mapping and sampling in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary have revealed new details about the geology, morphology, and active geologic processes of this region. Data from sidescan sonar, multibeam sonar bathymetry, physical samples, and instrument moorings, are consolidated with new and existing maps in a geographic information system (GIS). The GIS provides researchers and policymakers a view of the relationship among data sets to assist science studies and to help with economic and social policy-making decisions regarding this protected environment.

First posted April 16, 2001

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Contact Information, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Science Center
400 Natural Bridges Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Suggested citation:

Wong, F. L., Eittreim, S. L., 2001, Continental Shelf GIS for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 01-179,

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