Publication Date

8-2006

Committee Chair

Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Mark Howe

Abstract

This project utilizes GIS to investigate changes in benthic and demersal habitats in the San Pedro Channel, off the coast of California, over time. This project will also use a variety of ESRI products. The work was carried out for the Ocean Institute at Dana Point, which functioned as the client institution for the project. The Ocean Institute is heavily involved in the gathering of sample data for the purpose of monitoring benthic and demersal species that are native to the San Pedro Channel, for the State of California. Using this system will enable the Institute to use its sample data to detect changes in the populations of various species due to the effects of ocean temperature change, and to determine the extent of correlation between the two phenomena. This GIS enables the client to produce maps that depict the location of the sample points of their surveys, and simple statistical charts that measure the level of correlation between the changes in frequency of species occurrence and changes in the ocean temperature. These maps and charts can be output in either paper or digital format and be updated in near real-time from the client’s server, and are designed to be understood by an audience comprised of students from elementary school through high school. This functionality supports the client’s stewardship of the Dana Point Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as its stated objective to inspire all generations, through education, to become responsible stewards of our oceans.

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