The Sanctuaries MBON teams are focused on the development of tools, concepts and best practices that contribute to assessments of ecosystem integrity, advancing protection and management of marine living resources, and promoting conservation across levels of society.
In 2016-2017, the teams continued to make substantial progress on:
- Developing a Data Management and Communication strategy for effectively aggregating and disseminating biodiversity data collected by a large number of independent programs to address scientific, management and policy challenges across the U.S. and abroad;
- Enrolling multiple data sets into the FRWI Open Data Platform, ERDDAP and the IOOS MBON portal;
- Creating prototype data products to support Sanctuaries Condition Reports, and assist states and researchers in addressing aspects of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 14;
- Developing/validating a new ecosystem modeling tool for the Florida Keys, and validating eDNA sample collection and processing techniques to evaluate habitat diversity and diversity of lower to higher trophic levels;
- Creating advanced multivariate remote sensing techniques to evaluate dynamic ‘seascapes’ from regional to global scales to enhance the spatial footprint of in situ observations;
- Coordinating efforts and leveraging resources with the two U.S. MBON demonstrations on remote sensing (seascapes), eDNA, and data management;
- Participating in initiatives with AmeriGEOSS, GEO BON, GEO Blue Planet, Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD – UN), and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS – UNESCO).