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Coastal mapping programs at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Research Center

Biological Report
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Abstract

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) National Wetlands Research Center (center; formerly the National Coastal Ecosystems Team) has been continuously involved in the production of maps for use by coastal decision makers. The types of maps produced by the center have been national, regional, or local in scope depending on user needs. Map scales have ranged from 1:24,000 to 1:250,000. Themes depicted have included biological resources, including wetlands and seagrasses; upland habitat or land use; water resources such as water quality, bathymetry, and salinity; cultural features such as ownership, archaeological sites, and dredge-spoil disposal areas; and soils and landforms. We present overviews on the various mapping programs of the center. We highlight efforts such as the ecological inventories of the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts; the ecological characterization atlases of the Gulf of Mexico; and the large scale (1:24,000) habitat maps of various coastal regions of the United States. Center methods and techniques are discussed, including the collaborative efforts between the center and FWS's National Wetlands Inventory for updating wetland maps and adding upland and seagrass bed delineations to inventory maps. We also make recommendations for future coastal ecosystem mapping programs that use conventional and automated mapping methodologies, such as geographic information systems and image processing.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Coastal mapping programs at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Research Center
Series title Biological Report
Volume 90
Issue 18
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 5 p.
First page 105
Last page 109
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