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NCCOS Scientists Demonstrate “Spatial Sampling Tool” for Smithsonian Institution

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) scientists recently presented a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool for science planning that improves efficiency by integrating maps at relevant spatial scales into survey designs, while balancing factors such as statistical power, precision, and cost. The “Spatial Sampling Tool”, which runs within ArcGIS v9.x, is being used to select reef fish survey sites within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The tool, which was developed in-house, was demonstrated at the invitation of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Vertebrate Zoology Seminar Series.

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