[Coral-List] Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Land-based Sources of Pollution Project Announcement

Gadbois, Nicholas Nicholas.Gadbois at dep.state.fl.us
Wed Dec 12 11:46:19 EST 2007

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) 



The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Coral Reef Conservation
Program (FDEP-CRCP) is pleased to announce the completion of two SEFCRI
Land-based Sources of Pollution (LBSP) Local Action Strategy projects. For
more information on SEFCRI and the FDEP CRCP please visit our website:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/ .



Land-based Sources of Pollution Project 7: Generate benthic habitat
classification maps for Palm Beach County.


This project used laser airborne depth sounder (LADS) technology,
high-resolution, acoustic bottom profile data, and ground-truthing from the
coastline out to the 35 meter depth contour to develop classifications maps
of the benthic habitats found in the coastal waters of Palm Beach County.
These maps illustrate the location and extent of the coral reef system,
hardbottom habitats, and other types of bottom substrates as defined by the
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) classification
scheme. This project is a continuation of the effort to map the benthic
marine resources of the SEFCRI region. Similar techniques were used to map
Broward County's benthic habitats (LBSP Project 6). Both projects were the
result of a partnership between NOAA, the FDEP-CRCP, the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Coral Reef Institute at
Nova Southeastern University. The final project reports for both Palm Beach
County and Broward County can be viewed on the SEFCRI website at
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/reports/. To obtain a copy
of the GIS data contact Nicholas Gadbois at Nicholas.Gadbois at dep.state.fl.us.




Land-based Sources of Pollution Project 11: Develop an integrated data
management system with Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. 


The objective of this project is to maintain a collection of data
characterization of the existing condition of the coral reef ecosystem in the
SEFCRI region. To accomplish this objective, project partners from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the FDEP-CRCP used ESRI
ArcIMS (Internet Map Server (IMS)) software to develop a data management tool
that graphically represents the locations and sources of potential and actual
impacts to the coral reef ecosystem.  This project presents data on
land-based sources of pollution and other sources that may negatively impact
coral reefs and associated communities, collected from governmental, academic
institutions, and non-governmental organizations.  The IMS application
provides users access to view, query and download geographic information
system (GIS) data in a user-friendly, web-enabled environment.  The IMS
system can be used to assess the data for gaps regarding how land-based
sources of pollution and other stressors affect the region's coral reefs.
You can view the IMS System at


Nicholas Gadbois
Land-based Sources of Pollution Project Coordinator
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Coral Reef Conservation Program
Biscayne Bay Environmental Center
1277 NE 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33138
Phone: 305-795-1223  
Fax: 305-795-3470
Email: nicholas.gadbois at dep.state.fl.us
<mailto:nicholas.gadbois at dep.state.fl.us> 


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