Marine Policy, Volume 50, Part A, December 2014, Pages 27–33
By Rachel J. Shucksmith and Christina Kelly
- The importance of data collection and collation to marine spatial planning.
- A systematic step wise process for data collection and collation.
- Understanding potential applications and limitations of mapping.
- Problems with mapping and resource implications.
“Marine spatial planning (MSP) is increasingly being used as a mechanism to manage the marine environment. Human activities can impact biophysical ecosystem features, reducing resilience and potentially impacting ecosystem services, which can affect the environmental, socio-economic and cultural benefits derived by coastal communities. Central to MSP is the collection and collation of baseline data on biophysical ecosystem features and ecosystem services to inform decision making and target management measures.
Steps in data collection and evaluation.
“The data collection process should be a structured, transparent process to ensure adequate data and metadata collation to enable it to be effectively used in MSP. This data should be subject to stakeholder consultation, producing quality assured information and mapping. The resources required to undertake data collection should not be underestimated. Recognition should be given to the limits of knowledge of the marine environment and its complexity. Planners and developers should exercise caution when using and interpreting the results of mapping outputs.”
Marine Policy, Volume 50, Part A, December 2014, Pages 1–9
Rachel Shucksmith, Lorraine Gray, Christina Kelly, and Jacqueline F. Tweddle
- Regional marine spatial planning in practice.
- Incorporating socio-economic, environmental and cultural data into decision making.
- Benefits of local scrutiny and stakeholder engagement.
- Use of data to guide decision makers and developers in the development process.
- Using spatial data without zoning.
“Marine spatial planning (MSP) is increasingly being recognised as an important tool in the sustainable management of marine ecosystems. In preparation for the development of MSP across Scotland, the Scottish Government, via Marine Scotland, first piloted regional marine planning in 2006, through the Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI). The overarching aim of SSMEI was to develop and test the effectiveness of differing management approaches to deliver sustainable development in Scotland׳s coastal and marine environment. The Shetland Islands׳ Marine Spatial Plan (SMSP) was first developed under the SSMEI programme, and in 2014 the Shetland Islands Council is intending to adopt the fourth edition of the SMSP on a statutory basis as Supplementary Guidance to its Local Development Plan.
Example of mapped environmental feature within the Shetland Islands’ Marine Spatial Plan (NAFC Marine Centre,2013).
“Using Geographic Information Systems (GISs) the SMSP has incorporated spatial data on existing marine and coastal environmental, socio-economic and cultural features and activities into the decision making process, and is an example of place based management. This has required collecting and collating 127 data sets from a range of data sources, and has utilised local stakeholders to verify evidence. This process has required significant resources by a dedicated marine spatial planning team, as well as by local stakeholders. The data within the SMSP has also been used to develop spatially-specific policies to guide the future development of Shetland׳s coastal and marine environment. It has been used by a range of users including developers and decision makers in planning and assessing areas for development, allowing potential conflicts to be avoided or mitigated early in the development process.”
Special GIScience Research Sessions
Esri User Conference
20-24 July 2015
San Diego, California USA
Esri invites you to present a peer-reviewed paper in a series of special joint GIScience Research Sessions for the 2015 Esri International Users Conference and Educational User Conference. Papers in this special track must focus on cutting-edge research in GIScience. Full papers will be included in a special issue of Transactions in GIS to be distributed at the 2015 Esri International User and Education User Conferences. Abstracts (≤ 500 words) must be submitted to Dr. John Wilson, University of Southern California, by 15 November 2014.
The Transactions in GIS editorial team will review abstracts based on their GIScience content and select nine abstracts to become full papers. Notice of acceptance will occur by o1 December 2014. Full papers (maximum 6,000 words plus figures, tables, and references in appropriate format for publication) must be submitted to Dr. Wilson for independent review by 09 January 2015. Reviewed papers will be returned to authors by 13 February 2015 and final manuscripts must be returned by 06 March 2015, to be included in the special issue of Transactions in GIS.
For questions or additional guidelines on this special GIScience Research Track, contact Michael Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail with a subject line “Esri GIScience Abstract, <Authors Last Name>” no later than 15 November 2014 to Dr. John Wilson at email@example.com.
URISA is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 Vanguard Cabinet application. The Vanguard Cabinet (VC) is a URISA initiative which debuted in 2011 to engage young GIS practitioners (35 and under), increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community. The Cabinet’s mission is to collaborate with URISA’s Board of Directors and Committees in creating and promoting programs and policies of benefit to young professionals. Comprised entirely of passionate young members selected from different geospatial disciplines, the Cabinet aims to position URISA as the center of opportunities for creative young professionals who are committed to improving URISA and the geospatial profession via innovation, collaboration, networking, and professional development.
Clare Brown, GISP, advisor to the Vanguard Cabinet, notes, “Young professionals are not only increasing in number within URISA, but they are also leading and initiating important programs. From student outreach to professional practice development, the VC is making its mark and being noticed. I encourage all young GIS professionals to learn more about the Vanguard Cabinet and apply to become a part of this great group of future leaders.”
Visit the Vanguard Cabinet web page for the 2015 application form (due by November 30) and additional information. Catch up with current and former Vanguard Cabinet members during GIS-Pro 2014 in New Orleans, September 8-11. There will be ample opportunity to learn more about the VC’s activities during the conference.
[Source: URISA press release]