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Geographic Context and Outside Links

To take full advantage of the Contaminated Sediments database, the information provided needs to be looked at in its geographic context. There are many external parameters which affect the concentrations of contaminants such as population in a given coastal area, land use, pollution point sources, and others. Viewing data in geographic context involves using a Geographic Information System (GIS), a system of computer hardware, software, and geographic data designed to support the manipulation, analysis, modeling, and display of spatially referenced data which can, in turn, be used for solving complex planning and management problems. Geographic analysis and mapping allows one to see, explore, and analyze these data by location to reveal hidden patterns, relationships, and trends that canít be seen in spreadsheets or statistical packages.

Spatial and attribute information about features can be stored in two basic data "structures." The vast majority of the data sets use a vector (line) data structure, while other data sets, notably satellite imagery and elevation data, use raster (grid-based) data structures, like a picture on a TV screen. Raster data often represent phenomena that exhibit a gradual transition in character (e.g., rainfall or temperature).

Many collections of geographic data have already been made available on the web, some of which are listed below. Displays (indicated by image of eye) of some of these data are also included. (Disclaimer)

Fisheries and Ocean Canada/Marine Contaminants Research
Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC)

Directory of Gulf of Maine Geographic Data (by Maine GIS)
Maine Department of Marine Resources
Maine State Planning Office: Maine Coastal Program

Directory and Links for State GIS Resources
Massachusetts GIS Digital orthophotos of Boston Harbor
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

bulletNew Hampshire
New Hampshire Office of State Planning

bulletShorelines and Bathymetry
General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans Bathymetry Extractor
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ National Oceanic Service (NOAA/NOS) Medium Resolution Coastline 1:70,000)

bulletGulf of Maine
Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment
Gulf of Maine Information System
Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM)

bulletSources of Contamination
image of eyeLocations of active and inactive CSO's and outfalls - Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
Major Permitted Dischargers - United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Pollution Point Sources - NOAA/NOS

bulletSedimentary Environments
image of eyeBoston Harbor and Cape Cod Sound
image of eyeGulf of Maine Coast
image of eyeSurficial Sediments in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank

bulletMarine Habitats
USEPA National Estuary Program
Stellwagen Bank Information System

US POP80, image of eyeUSPOP90 - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Water Resources
U.S. Census Bureau
Population: Distribution, Density and Growth

bulletLand and Watershed Characterization
image of eyeAnnual Runoff - USGS, Water Resources
image of eyeMajor land uses - USGS, Water Resources
USEPA Region 1 Watersheds
image of eyeGulf of Maine Watersheds - NOAA/NOS

bulletSources of Additional Information
Dartmouth Circulation Models for the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank
Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB)
European Geological Data Catalogue (Geixs)
European Directory of Marine Environmental Data (EDMED)
Geospatial Data Clearing House
Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic) Sample Inventory Database (SID)
Lamont-Doherty Deep-Sea Sample Repository
Land Use and Land Cover
NGDC Index to Marine Geological Samples
NOAA National Status and Trends Program
NOAA State of the Coast Reports - Sediment Toxicity
PANGAEA Network for Geological and Environmental Data
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England Division
U.S. Coast Guard, First District
USGS East Coast Sediment Texture Database
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 1
USEPA - National Contaminated Sediment Management Strategy and Newsletter
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Coastal Program
Waterways Experiment Station (WES) Environmental Laboratory

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