NCCOS and the National Park Service Launch a Gap Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Data for Ten U.S. Tropical Parks which Include Coral Reef Ecosystems
In September 2009, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Inventory & Monitoring Program (NPS) launched an effort to collect, assimilate, and distribute marine geospatial information in order to support monitoring and management of coral reef ecosystems included in the NPS jurisdiction. NPS manages and protects more than 250,000 acres of coral reef in the ten Parks. The project includes Buck Island Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands National Park, Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Reserve, Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, War-in-the Pacific National Park, National Park of American Samoa, Kalaupapa National Historic Park and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. In addition to collecting and sharing information for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the project will also establish priorities for future investment in information to support monitoring and management of marine natural resources. For more information, visit the project webpage.