MarineMap - Marine Protected Areas Decision Support Tool
MarineMap is a web-based application used for designing marine protected areas (MPAs). Users with a password may view marine geospatial data layers, draw prospective MPAs, share these MPAs with other users (or keep them private), and assemble MPAs into arrays. Users may generate reports on the resources captured within individual MPAs or packages relative to the amount of those resources represented in the entire study region, estimate economic impacts of prospective MPAs, and discuss MPA designs in a place-based discussion form.
What Is It?
Stakeholder engagement and outreach tool (for participatory goal and priority setting and stakeholder education)
Visualization tool (for data and scenarios)
Decision support tool
- Conservation and restoration site selection tool
- Coastal zone management tool
GIS based, GIS platform: PostGIS, GRASS
Tool is web based
Tool has a GUI available
Tool handles socio-economic impacts
Visualization capabilities: Maps, Bar charts
The MarineMap application is exceptionally user friendly, fast and designed for maximum flexibility, extensibility and distribution. Our consortium is keenly interested in extending this tool for use by others involved in area-based planning.
Technical expertise: Basic computer skills sufficient
Scientific expertise: General understanding of issues
Resource Requirements: There is no "off the shelf" installation. Requires customization to meet the specific needs of any given area-based planning effort. All code is open source and may be freely modified. However, doing so requires considerable expertise in Java, Python, EXT, Postgres, PostGIS, GRASS, Apache, Ubuntu. The MarineMap consortium is keenly interested in assisting others with the implementation of this tool and/or hosting a customized version of this tool on the MarineMap servers at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Types of Data Needed
Equipment needs: Recommended: quad-core server running Ubuntu Linux 8.0.4 with 8 MB RAM, 500 GB RAID 5 HD, Postgres SQL, PostGIS, GRASS, GDAL, OpenLayers, GeoServer, Apache
Types of data input needed to use tool: No data are required to use the tool. However, as it is intended to design protected areas based on the evaluation of habitat and economic impacts, a wide variety of GIS layers improves the tool's utility.
Input formats: Vector and raster layers (used by GRASS and PostGIS)
Types of output data from tool: Tabular data representing habitat representation and economic impacts. Also, prospective protected area boundaries.
Output formats: CSV, KML
How Do I Get It?
Tool cost: Free. Customization, implementation and hosting available on a per-case basis.
ArcGIS Desktop (optional) or TileCache (optional) for creating map tiles. QantumGIS may be used for loading data into Postgress database.
Developer: Will McClintock, MarineMap Project Manager
Tool contact: Will McClintock
Address: Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Technical support: User manual available January 1, 2009. Online help. MarineMap consortium available for training sessions, consultation, webinars.
Projects that have used this tool: California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative