West Coast Regional Planning Body Support – Final Recommendations and Status

Greetings West Coast Ocean Network, Thanks to the hard work of Todd Hallenbeck, we have finalized a set of recommendations describing how the West Coast Ocean Data Portal plans to provide support to the West Coast Regional Planning Body (RPB). We are starting a new chapter for the WCODP, both because of this new focus on supporting the RPB, but also due to the departure of our fantastic Portal coordinator, Todd Hallenbeck, at the end of March. Andy Lanier and Steve Steinberg, co-leads of the WCODP ACT, have stepped up their participation to Continue reading →

[Data Update] West Coast Oblique Aerial Imagery now available

Recently released oblique geo-referenced imagery of the entire West Coast is now available from NOAA. The imagery was collected on February 6-9, 2016 to assess impacts to several National Ocean Service mission areas, including navigation and coastal zone management, from the strong El nino storms we have experienced this season. Baseline imagery, collected in September 2015, is also available under the 2015 tab. NOAA is collected this data in order to also support other mission partners including other NOAA offices, USGS, USACE, and FEMA. You can access the data via the Continue reading →

West Coast Regional Planning Body Recommendations – March 3, 2016

Greetings West Coast Ocean Data Network, Spring is almost here (though El nino might have something left to say about that!) and with that we have some important announcements to share with you. West Coast Regional Planning Body As the West Coast Regional Planning Body (RPB)  finalizes it’s governance charter, the WCODP has been exploring opportunities to support regional and sub-regional marine planning. To better inform our work, the WCODP developed a set of draft recommendations regarding WCODP and WCODN roles, priority data gaps, and priority data Continue reading →

[WCODP ACT] Monthly Call – March 1, 2016

The WCODP leadership team met today during their monthly call. They had a really productive conversation around the RPB recommendation feedback, our long-term funding strategy, and a possible Network meeting this fall as well as hearing updates about data development and upcoming events. You can read the full call notes here. One of the next steps for the group will be the re-activation of Network working groups to carry out tasks related to our recommendations once they are confirmed by the West Coast RPB.  If you are Continue reading →

[Data Update] New West Coast Kelp Data Now Available – Feb. 17, 2016

The West Coast Ocean Data Portal, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Marine Cadastre are pleased to announce the release a new, unique regional data set representing the extent of canopy forming kelp beds along the West Coast. These data include the general extents of canopy-forming kelp surveys from 1989 to 2014 and a compilation of existing data sets delineating canopy-forming kelp beds along the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. These data provide a spatial picture of these ecologically important areas and are intended for use Continue reading →

[News and Events] Monterey Bay GIS Users Group Meeting – March 30, 2016

  The sixth Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (8:30 AM-12:00 PM) at MBARI in Moss Landing. Registration is required for this free event and is available online. The theme for this user group meeting is Seafloor Mapping Applications. We have a great line-up of GIS presentations and demos: Garry Greene (MLML) – GIS, A Tool that Assisted in the Advancement of Seafloor Characterization and Mapping Jenny Paduan (MBARI) – High-Resolution Mapping and Sampling of Mid-Ocean Ridges Eve Lundsten and Krystle Anderson (MBARI) – Intro to AUV Collected Continue reading →

[News and Events] Southern CA Marine GIS Meeting – March 2nd, 2016

The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project will be hosting the Southern California Marine GIS User Group’s Spring 2016 meeting on Wednesday March 2 from 1 pm to 4 pm, with a social hour at a nearby restaurant. The meeting will feature work in the region being conducted from academia, local government, and the private sector.  This is one meeting that you don’t want to miss!  RSVP to join us for the meeting or the social hour! REGISTER https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southern-california-marine-gis-user-group-spring-2016-meeting-tickets-20816097508 WHEN Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from Continue reading →
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