GIS in the Coastal Zone: Spatial Prioritization Widget and the Florida Coastal Mapping Program
Friday, June 21 at 3:00 PM Eastern
Globally, there is a lack of resources to survey the vast areas of the seafloor in need of even basic mapping data. Consequently, smaller areas must be prioritized to address the most urgent mapping needs. To address this, NOAA developed a systematic, quantitative approach and Web AppBuilder widget to gather mapping suggestions from a group of stakeholders. Inputs are standardized into a GIS framework using a grid overlaid on the area and through pull-down menu choices that enable participants to convey the types of mapping products that they need and the rationale used to justify their needs. This enables different groups of respondents to identify common interests and potential collaborations and more effectively invest limited mapping funds to achieve common goals. The approach can be easily scaled and customized to accommodate much larger geographic areas and numbers of participants.
The Florida Coastal Mapping Program (FCMaP) is an adopter of this approach. FCMaP was initiated in 2017 as a coordinating body of Florida State and Federal partners with a goal of achieving consistent, state-wide, high-resolution seafloor data for Florida’s coastal zone in the next decade. These data will provide critical baseline information to support a range of applications. An inventory of existing high-resolution elevation data collected on Florida’s coastline and shelf was undertaken by a technical team comprised of FCMaP partners. To complete a gap analysis, the Florida peninsula was separated based on geomorphological characteristics into six regions: Panhandle, Big Bend, West Peninsula, Keys, Southeast, and Northeast. FCMaP is soliciting input from managers, planners, and decision-makers to prioritize coastal and seafloor mapping needs. NOAA’s spatial prioritization widget was adapted for Florida and is being rolled out region-by-region via a series of stakeholder workshops