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Place Matters: Geospatial
Tools for Marine Science,
Conservation, and
Management in the Pacific
Edited by Dawn J. Wright and Astrid J.
Foreword by Sylvia A. Earle
Although the ocean provides living
space for about 97 percent of life on
Earth, less than 5 percent of the ocean
below the surface has actually been
seen, let alone explored. Now, using
the geographic information system
(GIS), marine scientists are gaining
new insights into a once-mysterious
world. A technologically sophisticated
database, information-management,
and display system, GIS holds
tremendous potential for mapping,
interpreting, and managing ocean
environments-from the seafloor to the
Place Matters explores how marine GIS
is contributing to the understanding,
Place Matters
management, and conservation of the
Table of Contents and Resources
shores and ocean of the Pacific
Figures and Appendices
Northwest, which is becoming a hotbed
of marine GIS development and
OCEAN A GIS-based analysis tool
applications as scientists expand the
for fishing management decisions
use of this cutting-edge technology to
a variety of ocean science, policy, and
The Oregon Coastal Atlas A
management issues.
resource for the management
constituency of the Oregon Coastal
Using these geospatial databases and
tools, scientists, resource managers,
and conservationists — often in
The Willamette Valley - Puget
collaboration — are making advances
Trough - Georgia Basin Ecological
in the way that data are collected,
Assessment CD ROM simulation
documented, used, shared, and saved.
The contributors to Place Matters show
Additional Marine GIS Tools
how together they are using GIS to
handle and exploit present and future data streams from observatories,
experiments, numerical models, simulations, and other sources, yielding fresh
insights into oceanographic, ecological, and socioeconomic conditions of the
marine environment.
The book begins with a conceptual framework, laying out selected methods and
models for conservation-based marine GIS. Chapters in the second section
describe working examples of marine GIS tools and large-scale
implementations. The final section focuses on the use of GIS by environmental
advocacy and local citizens’ organizations. A companion Web site includes GIS
maps and databases, as well as extensive Web-based resources. With its unique
focus on the use of GIS to solve marine conservation problems, Place Matters
offers an important new resource for all who study and work to protect the
world’s oceans.
Place Matters: Geospatial Tools for Marine Science, Conservation, and
Management in the Pacific Northwest
7 x 10 inches. 272 pages and full-color maps. ISBN 0-87071-057-5.
©2005 Oregon State University Press, $29.95 + shipping
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