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Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas

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Based on the idea of a traditional atlas but offered via the Internet by NOAA, the Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

As plans to restore the Gulf of Mexico after recent disasters have progressed, federal and state agencies have turned to NOAA for data and information about all aspects of the Gulf of Mexico. One of the most requested resources for that data and information has been the "Gulf of Mexico Coastal and Ocean Zones Strategic Assessment Data Atlas" published by NOAA's National Ocean Service in 1985 as a large hardcopy tabletop book. The new Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas updates and expands that publication in an online, digital format.

The Gulf of Mexico Atlas has data from all five Gulf States (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). The seaward boundaries of the Atlas extend to the Yucatan Channel and the Straits of Florida. Maps are available in six topic areas:

  • Physical (e.g., bathymetry, climatology)
  • Biotic (chemosynthetic communities, aquatic vegetation)
  • Living Marine Resources (oysters, shrimp, grouper)
  • Economic Activity (shipping & navigation, oil & gas)
  • Environmental Quality (water quality, discharges)
  • Jurisdictions (marine, fishery closures)

Each map has a description, written by recognized subject matter experts, explaining how the data was gathered and how it is relevant. Users can also link directly to the data and to a high resolution image of the original 1985 map, if available.

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