Gulf of Mexico coastal and ocean zones: strategic assessment: data atlas

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1985

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U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, Southeast Fisheries Center, Office of Oceanography and Marine Assessment, Ocean Assessments Division, Strategic Assessment Branch

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U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, Southeast Fisheries Center, Office of Oceanography and Marine Assessment, Ocean Assessments Division, Strategic Assessment Branch

Abstract

Since 1979 the Ocean Assessment Division of the Office of Oceanography and Marine Assessment, National Ocean Service, NOAA, has been conducting a national program to respond to the analytical challenges of multiple use management of resources in new coastal and oceanic jurisdictions. Anticipating resource development of the EEZ, and aware of the need for early identification of potential conflicts among users, NOAA has identified five areas of the EEZ for "strategic assessments." This Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas is a product of that program.... A major product of each assessment is a data atlas of thematic maps of selected characteristics of that region. Each atlas brings together for the first time information from a wide variety of sources, previously unavailable in an assembled form. The consistent presentation format for various types of information facilitates analyses and decision-making. Comprehensive in its scope, each atlas aims to communicate diverse and complex information on resources use problems in an understandable way for decision-makers and other interested users. This Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas is the second atlas in the series to be published by NOAA.... The information presented in this atlas should provide an improved understanding of relationships and interactions among the diverse phenomena of the Gulf of Mexico and increase the general awareness of the valuable resources of this region.

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atlases, coastal zone, data, oceanographic data, estuaries, inventories, biological surveys, physical environments, biotic environments, living marine resources, economic activity, environmental quality, jurisdictions, coastal ecology, gulf of mexico, coastal zone management, land use, maps, charts, diagrams, marine biology, marine pollution, marine resources, oceanography, seashore biology

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