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Seafloor Habitat Maps

Potential Marine Benthic Habitats in Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Potential Marine Benthic Habitats in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Seafloor habitat maps provide park managers with better information about the location and condition of submerged resources and support resource assessments and management planning. They establish baseline conditions for future monitoring and can inform post-incident (e.g., storms, ship groundings, oil spills, etc.) management decisions. The NRSS began a servicewide program to coordinate mapping of submerged habitats in ocean and Great Lakes parks in 2008 by co-hosting an interagency habitat mapping workshop with USGS.

Reports

2008 Benthic Mapping Workshop Report (PDF 800KB)

Benthic Mapping Protocols for National Parks (PDF 3MB)

Gap Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Data

Maps

The NRSS has partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several universities to map seafloor habitats in ocean and coastal parks with funding from the Inventory and Monitoring Program.

Buck Island Reef National Monument

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Point Reyes National Seashore

Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

Last Updated: September 17, 2012