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Ruijin Ma, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.


An abstract is a self-contained, summary description of the project report. An abstract Coral reefs contribute significantly to the socio-economic well-being of the people of St. Maarten, an island in the Caribbean. These coral reefs are rapidly declining due to various environmental and social factors. This project developed a prototype citizen scientist mapping tool comprised of an Android mobile application built using a customized version of an Open Source software called Open Data Kit (ODK), and an ArcGIS Online web mapping application built using a standard template of Esri's Web AppBuilder. This tool was designed to assist recreational divers and other local stakeholders to conveniently report their observations on the status of coral reefs in their area. Users can publish these observations directly from their smartphones to a publicly-accessible web mapping application. Such observations will contribute to the development of a Coastal Protection Master Plan for St. Maarten. The tool has the potential to provide vital information for coral reef conservation and repopulation, while at the same time creating awareness on the subject in St. Maarten.

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Development of a Coral Reef Mapping Tool for St. Maarten (Poster)


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