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California Seafloor Mapping Program

California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program Workshop

October, 2014

Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz

On October 22 and 23, the USGS, California Ocean Protection Council, and NOAA co-hosted two workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program (CSCMP) at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz. These workshops provided the large CSCMP "workforce" with a great opportunity to present an update on all that has been accomplished, and to receive important feedback on how CSCMP should proceed in the future to best fit diverse stakeholder needs. Approximately 45 to 50 participants attended each workshop, with representation from 32 different entities including 9 State agencies, 8 federal agencies, 5 academic or research institutions, 3 regional associations, 3 non-governmental organizations, and 7 private-sector companies. The breadth of interests and expertise in the room led to some enthusiastic and stimulating discussions. Here are some of the more salient points recorded.

  1. There is interest in new data collection and products for both the nearshore "white zone" and offshore federal waters.
    Future discussions should focus on identifying gaps, priorities and trade offs. Coastal management and planning priorities should guide data acquisition and map/data development priorities. Coordination of data collection and dataset development is essential.
  2. Efforts to provide maps and data in suitable formats must continue.
    Given rapid technology change, this evaluation must be an ongoing effort. Data should be provided in web-accessible formats. Some clarification is needed on data standards, metadata, access to authoritative data, and legal considerations of data use.
  3. There is a need to build capacity to access and interpret maps and data, and develop decision-support tools.
    Decision makers at all levels must be educated on how to access and use map and data products. Science communication and translation are essential.
  4. Mapping products and data have a very large range of applications and are essential for establishing baselines and monitoring change.
    "Map once (or more), use many times."
  5. Exploring and developing new partnerships should remain a priority.
    This applies to all we do, including data acquisition, map and data development and delivery, data science, information management, education and outreach.

CSCMP staff are now eager to continue the conversation and facilitate communication within the broad science and stakeholder community. We're receiving significant feedback from workshop attendees and also hope to hear from those unable to attend. Specifically, we want (1) additional feedback on the importance and (or) relevance of our map and data products, and how these should evolve in the future, and (2) ideas on future partnerships and collaborations that could benefit CSCMP. Over the next few months, CSCMP will form a steering committee comprised of diverse partners (e.g. federal, state, local government, data developers, data users, and industry) which will outline the future structure and format of CSCMP. We will keep you posted on that effort.

Feel free to contact us with your feedback about the workshop, CSCMP map data and products, or the future or CSCMP.

Email to: CSCMP
The workshop organizing committee thanks you for your interest:
Guy Cochrane (USGS)
Tim Doherty (NOAA)
Nadine Golden (USGS)
Sam Johnson (USGS)
Daniel Santillano (OPC)
Amy Vierra (OPC)

 

For more information, contact Guy Cochrane or Sam Johnson.

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