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3607.3 - Building Better Marine Maps: The Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas

Monday, July 3
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
Location: Maryland B

As the breadth of knowledge regarding Arctic marine ecology grows alongside increased national and global involvement in the Arctic region, there is a need to synthesize and disseminate information to the public, policy makers, and scientists in a format that is useful and accessible. In response, Audubon Alaska and its partners have produced an Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas, with the goal of offering a comprehensive, trans-boundary set of maps that represent the current state of knowledge on a wide array of subjects from physical oceanography to species ecology to human uses. The Ecological Atlas consists of maps integrating disparate datasets of points, tracks, and polygons into concise, cohesive, and complementary data layers that visually describe seasonal use, activity, and movement through the project area over the course of a year. Through maps and writing, the atlas provides a cumulative picture of what is happening in the region to better understand ecological patterns and help inform people making land use decisions in communities; federal, state, and local governments; and other arenas.
Gathering, harmonizing, and displaying a large amount of data from varied sources presented a number of challenges in data management and cartographic design. In this presentation, we’ll look through some of the maps in the atlas while discussing the design specifications we developed in order to handle these challenges, and how the Ecological Atlas represents an evolution in Audubon Alaska’s long-term mapping efforts.

Daniel P. Huffman

Proprietor
somethingaboutmaps

Daniel P. Huffman makes maps, and sometimes talks about them on the Internet. He fundamentally disagrees with the notion that a biography should be 50 words at minimum, or should include "credentials." Let us not encourage silly posturing, as though some of us are better than others just because of our degrees or titles.

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Melanie Smith

Director of Conservation Science
Audubon Alaska

Melanie Smith leads Audubon Alaska's Arctic, Tongass, and Important Bird Area programs, using spatial mapping to identify key habitats and build conservation plans to protect Alaska’s wildlife.

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Max Goldman

Arctic Marine Ecologist
Audubon Alaska

Max Goldman is the project lead for the Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beafort Seas. He researches, organizes, and interprets data on topics ranging from sea ice dynamics to Red-throated Loons to energy development for the second edition of the "Arctic Marine Synthesis and Atlas of the Chukchi, Beaufort, and Bering Seas".

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Erika Knight

GIS/Data Analyst
Audubon Alaska

Erika Knight is a GIS/Data Analyst at Audubon Alaska, working on the 2nd edition of the "Arctic Marine Synthesis and Atlas of the Chukchi, Beaufort, and Bering Seas" and other projects.

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