NCCOS Unveils Interactive Mapping Tool for St. John, USVI Data – St. John BIOMapper
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science announces the launch of the St. John Biogeography Integrated Online Mapper (BIOMapper). The BIOMapper lets users interactively view data, aerial imagery, dive photography, underwater video and related publications for the benthic habitat mapping off St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Reef National Monument project. The tool is an easy way to view the benthic habitat data, examine the attributes of the data and show different thematic representations of the data.
In addition, photography and videos taken during dive missions are viewable, linked to the location of the dives. PDF maps can be produced of user-selected areas in a pre-formatted template. The site is viewable in all browsers that have a Flash plugin.
The BIOMapper was developed for the following NCCOS project, but can be applied to other projects as well: Benthic Habitat Mapping off St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Reef National Monument.
The St. John BIOMapper provides NOAA and National Park Sevice managers and scientists improved access to coastal and ocean data and a way to print customized maps of specific areas of interest.