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The California Ocean Uses Atlas

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The California Ocean Uses Atlas Project is an innovative public-private partnership between NOAA's Marine Protected Areas Center and Marine Conservation Institute. Funded by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, the Atlas project fills a critical information gap in ocean management by mapping, for the first time, the full range of significant human uses of the ocean in state and federal waters of the coast of California. Spatial data for nearly 30 ocean uses were gathered through a series of participatory mapping workshops convened with regional ocean use experts throughout the state. The resulting atlas data provides baseline information regarding the location and extent to which the ocean environment is used for non-consumptive, fishing, and industrial and military activities. The results of this project can be accessed below and include regional and statewide use maps, a downloadable GIS geodatabase, analytical case studies and an online mapping tool for data visualization. Click here for more information about the California Ocean Uses Atlas.

Atlas Products and Tools

Interactive Mapping Tool
This NEW application provides online access to the California Ocean Uses Atlas data through an interactive map environment. Use this tool to view, compare and contrast atlas data layers and analyses at the state and regional scales. Click here to launch the Interactive Mapping Tool. (First time users, please expect a one-time delay while the application loads. Application will not work on 64-bit browsers).
GIS Data
The spatial database derived from the California Ocean Uses Atlas contains processed data for all the uses mapped with detailed metadata describing the process steps. A map document (.mxd) with sample layouts, layer files for applying suggested symbologies, and various accessory data layers used throughout the data compilation are also included in the zipped database. Click here to access the zipped geodatabase (ArcGIS 9.3) (30 MB).
Various sorts of maps and analytical products can be derived from the California Atlas GIS data. Below are links to static map products for each use mapped at the state and regional scales. These maps can be used to inform ocean management decisions and identify hot spots and potential conflict zones for various combinations of ocean uses in California. Click here to access maps at the state and regional scale for all sectors and all uses.

For Additional Information
Charles M. Wahle, Ph.D, Senior Scientist
(831) 242-2052

Mimi D'Iorio, GIS Manager
(831) 645-2703

These maps are presented as a reference tool, not as an aid to navigation. Use full-scale navigational charts for purposes of navigation.