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GAP Analysis of Geospatial Data from Selected Pacific and Caribbean Units of the National Park Service


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Objectives

The primary objective of this project was to develop a spatial framework to integrate and synthesize existing, disparate, digital spatial, temporal and information databases for several National Park Service (NPS)-managed Pacific and Caribbean Park Units. Information content has been assimilated into a web-based mapping and database portal with FGDC compliant metadata records. Additionally, the aforementioned product was be evaluated to determine and prioritize gaps in geospatial information.

Project Summary

Through a GAP analysis, this project serves to identify, obtain, synthesize, and evaluate all existing ecological, oceanographic, socio-economic, cultural, and remote sensing datasets available for several NPS-managed Pacific and Caribbean marine Park Units. These units include:

  • Buck Island Reef National Monument, USVI
  • Virgin Islands National Park, USVI
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park an Ecological Reserve, St. Croix, USVI
  • Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, St. John, USVI
  • War-in-the-Pacific National Park, Guam
  • National Park of American Samoa
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii

This effort inventoried and incorporated all existing digital products and geospatial information into a common geodatabase. A custom web portal was designed and implemented to provide access to the data and metadata with security access enabled as requested by NPS. Implementation of successful management and monitoring strategies for NPS Caribbean and Pacific Park Units is predicated upon having a complete inventory of past and present datasets and information. While a host of academic, Federal, State, NGO, and Territorial entities have collected information for the respective Park Units, this information is disparate in its temporal, spatial and quantitative coverage.

Developing a systematic and synoptic inventory and monitoring program requires understanding of baseline mapping and databases available so as to be able to strategically target and fill existing informational gaps. The outcome of this project provides a baseline of the existing digital information within the MPA’s, and also affords the first opportunity to systematically compile information for these locations into a common spatial framework. This information will primarily serve to better inform local NPS managers as to the existing state of resources, provide a baseline for future comparative efforts, and guide present and future monitoring efforts. Furthermore, these data and the monitoring activities conducted by NPS and NOAA will serve a larger research, management, and monitoring strategy by enabling inter-jurisdictional comparisons of coral reef ecosystems world-wide.

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September 2009 - September 2011

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1305 East West Highway
SSMC-IV, N/SCI-1
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-713-3028