On October 31, 2012, we officially launched SeaSketch version 1.0, our software service for ocean planning. Creating a web-based application for collaborative geodesign has never been easier. Here are a few of our initial projects:
- Marine Spatial Planning for the Hauraki Gulf. In support of the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the Auckland Regional Council, and the Waikato Regional Council, throughout 2013 SeaSketch will be used by stakeholders to determine future uses of the Hauraki Gulf. An article announcing SeaSketch's role in New Zealand is available here.
- Marine Management in the High Seas. In support of the United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Center, SeaSketch will be used to address sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep -sea living marine resources and ecosystems planning in the high seas ("Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction"). Here's a link on UNEP-WCMC's work to date focused on the high seas.
- Protecting and Restoring Key Marine Habitats. In support of a new NOAA cross-agency Habitat Blueprint strategy, SeaSketch will be used in a planning workshop in Petaluma, California, November 7-8, 2012, involving NOAA programs with habitat conservation missions. In the workshop, staff will display various programmatic, habitat, and other data layers, markup spatially explicit comments on the map, and take notes on the discussion in the forum. More information on the Habitat Blueprint initiative is available here.
- Global Assessment to Identify Ocean Acidification. In support of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, SeaSketch will be used to support an integrated, spatial assessment of the potential chemical, biological and human dimensions of ocean acidification. A description of the project is available here.