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


Monk, J and Ierodiaconou, D and Bellgrove, A and Laurenson, L, Using community-based monitoring with GIS to create habitat maps for a marine protected area in Australia, Marine Biological Association of The United Kingdom. Journal, 88, (5) pp. 865-871. ISSN 0025-3154 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0025315408001835


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community monitoring, marine habitat mapping, GIS
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
ID Code:99542
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-03-27
Last Modified:2015-04-13

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