This website was archived in 2016, when the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance formally ended. It is no longer being updated.

GSAA Coast and Ocean Portal

The GSAA Coast and Ocean Data Portal  is an online toolkit and resource center that consolidates available state, regional, and federal data- sets into one location.  The Portal has three main sections: Learn (which highlights themes and pre-selected data layers), Explore (data catalog), and Visualize (map viewer). The initial themes highlighted in the Portal are sediment management (port expansion and beach nourishment) and habitat conservation, and the data catalog and data layers will grow by adding data related to those themes or by developing new themes (based on available resources).

The visualization tools provide a foundation for long-term collaborative planning in the South Atlantic region for a wide range of coastal uses. The GSAA Action Plan and Implementation Plan highlight specific needs for data, information, and decision support tools applicable across jurisdictional boundaries to facilitate collaborative action in the region’s four priority issue areas.

The GSAA Coast and Ocean Portal was developed by a project team comprised of academic, state, NGO, and federal partners from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The Portal team of natural resource managers, scientists, and information management system experts partnered to assess the geospatial and data technology needs in the region, develop the framework for the Portal, identify and incorporate relevant existing datalayers, and create new datalayers critical to the management needs in the region.  The project was led by the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) and is supported by a grant from NOAA.

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