In collaboration with several project partners and led by Monmouth University, the Center is assisting a collaboration of Mid-Atlantic States (the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Oceans) in its effort sot to address regional priorities including increasing renewable energy supplies and protecting critical ocean habitats, in conjunction with other regional objectives such as maintaining robust and sustainable maritime commerce, fisheries, recreation and national security interests. More specifically, the project, which is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Ocean Partnership Funding Program, will support the states’ efforts to enhance a Mapping and Planning Portal in order to:
- engage ocean users and key stakeholders in compiling, creating and vetting ocean use data, and integrate data into the Portal;
- enhance the current Portal to include “reporting” features that allow users to characterize different management options to inform ocean management decisions; and
- build stakeholder and decision-maker capacity to access and productively use the Portal as a tool to inform ocean management and planning.