Satellite Images Support Investigation in Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary

In July 2016, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary research coordinator Emma Hickerson was alerted to a major coral health issue by sport divers aboard the M/V Fling, diving in the Gulf of Mexico 100 miles offshore of Texas and Louisiana. “The divers were stunned to find green, hazy water, huge patches of ugly white…Read More

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ICES article Defines Seascapes Framework for Conservation Management

July 2016 ICES Journal of Marine Science article outlines “Seascapes as a new vernacular for ocean monitoring, management and conservation.”

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USGS and MBON collaborate on Dynamic Mapping

USGS and ESRI have produced a new global, three-dimensional map which delineates ecological marine units (EMU) from sea surface to sea floor.

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Predicting habitat for key forage species in Monterey Bay

The MBON researchers are conducting a study to assess relationships between dominant seascapes in the Monterey Bay region and occurrence of various forage species, with an emphasis on anchovy and krill.

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Seascapes Guide Florida Keys Sanctuary 2016 Cruise

In March 2016, MBON researchers tested a sampling plan strategy based on satellite seascape maps.The seascape maps guided the sampling during the RV Walton Smith cruise in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The goal was to identify relationships between in situ biodiversity observations and distributions of various seascape types. Sampling different seascapes allowed the researchers…Read More

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The MBON Seascapes Team

Seascapes team is merging oceanographic and ecological paradigms to improve our ability to observe, manage, and conserve species and habitats.

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