PIFSC Web-Based GIS Mapping Tools Go Live

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) has launched a series of new web-based geographic information system (GIS) mapping tools for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (MTMNM). To access the tools, click on the following link: MTMNM ArcGIS Online Mapping Tools

MTMNM mapping tool screenshot 1

The Mariana Trench Marine National Monument Pilot Mapping Project team consists of Risa Oram (Project Lead), Bryan Dieter (Lead GIS Specialist), Annette DesRochers (Data Manager) and Tomoko Acoba (GIS Specialist). Our regional contacts for the tool include Michael Trianni in Saipan and Eric Cruz in Guam. The project is supported with NMFS Marine National Monument funding.

Phase 1 of this pilot project began in January 2015 with a goal to improve access to PIFSC data collected in the Mariana Archipelago through the use of online mapping tools. The need for this project was identified during a 2013 PIFSC Monuments Science research planning workshop in Saipan. The long-term goal for these tools is to serve as a repository and data dissemination portal for PIFSC geospatial data collected within the Marine National Monuments. As a pilot project, this effort focuses on building a framework that includes the appropriate technology and data management workflows. The result of phase 1 is a collection of thematic online mapping tools highlighting various PIFSC objectives, including fisheries research, cetacean surveys, coral reef monitoring, benthic habitat mapping, oceanographic information and PIFSC research cruises. These data are distributed using a combination of ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Server technologies. In addition to providing the online platform for viewing these data, the tools also include the ability to download data, access InPort metadata, perform data queries, and create printable maps and figures.

MTMNM mapping tool screenshot 2

In 2016, as we transition into Phase 2 of the project, we have recently partnered with NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) Monuments and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to customize the application by consolidating the individual thematic maps into a single interface that allows the user to choose which data types to display. We are also expanding the tool to additional regions within the U.S. Pacific Islands, adding new data for the existing Marianas region, expanding the capabilities of the tool, and improving the data management workflow. We are currently seeking additional partnering opportunities. Please contact us if you are interested in collaborating.

For more information about PIFSC: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/

Project Contacts

Risa Oram, Project Lead
Phone: (808) 725-5348
Email: risa.oram@noaa.gov

Bryan Dieter, Lead GIS Specialist
Phone: (808) 725-5536
Email: bryan.dieter@noaa.gov

Michael Trianni, CNMI Liaison
Phone: (670) 285-0014
Email: michael.trianni@noaa.gov

Eric Cruz, Guam Liaison
Phone: (671) 797-0801
Email: eric.cruz@noaa.gov

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