Mapping Human Activities and Designing an Index of Cumulative Use within Estuarine and Nearshore Marine Ecosystems in Southeast Alaska
Estuaries and nearshore marine systems are foundational habitats for the ecological, cultural, and economic vitality of southeast Alaska. These nutrient rich systems provide forage for a multitude of fish and wildlife species – and as a result, economic opportunities for coastal communities — such as commercial fishing, mariculture, subsistence, recreation and tourism. To improve understanding of the diversity and spatial distribution of human activities in the region, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) undertook a compilation of the best available spatial datasets, and developed a cumulative index to inform future conservation, management and research opportunities. This project report outlines: (1) objectives, (2) background information, and (3) a Database User’s Guide with a data-dictionary.
Data and Resources