The Data Working Group met yesterday and was able to identify workplan tasks that emerged from the Network meeting, prioritize data layers for development from our BOEM funding and identified the EFH synthesis layers that we want to start ingesting in our Portal (further detail below). You can read the full call notes here.
Data Development Priorities (to be investigated for further development at a regional scale)
Closed area inventory (broken out by sector, restriction type, and/or seasonality)
Kelp Distribution (by species)
Essentidal Fish Habitat Priorities (to provide technical assistance to enhance metadata for ingestion in the WCODP)
Biogenic Habitat Layers (Corals and Sponges, predicted and observed)
Species Habitat models (Groudfish)
If you have any feedback or questions related to these priorities please contact me. We plan to take the next steps in doing this work in the new year. If you have not already, please register for the Network at network.westcoastoceans.org.
The next data working group call is scheduled for Jan. 22nd. Have a safe a happy holiday!