The first global map of tropical shallow water has been created through joint effort of NASA and NOAA. Nearly 44,000 SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor) scenes collected over five years were processed to 1 sq.km cells by NASA Space Flight Center using algorithms developed by NOAA for water shallower than 20-30 meters. NOAA is working with the UNEP World Consdervation Monitoring Centre to use this data set to improve the database of coral reef locations used in ReefBase.
Fifth International Symposium on GIS/ Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences
22 August 2011 - 26 August 2011
Wellington, New Zealand
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
to emphasize GIS as a tool for conducting spatial analyses in aquatic sciences, which encompasses the ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the interrelationships between inland and marine fisheries and aquaculture, and the aquatic and terrestrial environments in which the activities take place.