Using community-based monitoring with GIS to create habitat maps for a marine protected area in Australia

Monk, Jacquomo, Ierodiaconou, Daniel, Bellgrove, Alecia and Laurenson, Laurie 2008, Using community-based monitoring with GIS to create habitat maps for a marine protected area in Australia, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 88, no. 5, pp. 865-871.

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Title Using community-based monitoring with GIS to create habitat maps for a marine protected area in Australia
Author(s) Monk, Jacquomo
Ierodiaconou, Daniel
Bellgrove, Alecia
Laurenson, Laurie
Journal name Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume number 88
Issue number 5
Start page 865
End page 871
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2008-08
ISSN 0025-3154
1469-7769
Keyword(s) community-based monitoring
GIS
habitat maps
marine protected area
Australia
Summary In recent years there has been an increase in community-based monitoring programmes developed and implemented worldwide. This paper describes how the data collected from such a programme could be integrated into a Geographic Information System (GIS) to create temperate subtidal marine habitat maps. A differential Global Positioning System was utilized to accurately record the location of the trained community-based SCUBA diver data. These georeferenced data sets were then used to classify benthic habitats using an aerial photograph and digitizing techniques. This study demonstrated that trained community-based volunteers can collect data that can be utilized within a GIS to create reliable and cost-effective maps of shallow temperate subtidal rocky reef systems.
Language eng
Field of Research 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017155

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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