Incorporating Cumulative Impacts Models in SeaSketch

In a collaboration with Ben Halpern at the UCSB Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, the SeaSketch team is developing a project to bring cumulative impact models to marine spatial planners. Available as an "out-of-the-box" service, SeaSketch projects may display the cumulative impact model published in Science by Halpern et al, 2008.

Using this model as a guide, users may draw prospective management plans and calculate the cumulative impact scores within that region. Then, using simple tools, users may draw down stressors to simulate how management plans aimed at reducing stressors may effect the cumulative impact score for any given management zone. The prototype project may be accessed at 

The prototype cumulative impacts analysis in SeaSketch ( 


Will McClintock

Dr. Will McClintock is a Project Scientist at the University of California Santa Barbara and former Director of the MarineMap Consortium. He received a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College, M.S. in Behavioral Ecology from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has participated in over a dozen marine spatial planning initiatives around the world.