This is a GIS data layer of polygons representing Submerged Aquatic Vegetation of Barnegat Bay - Little Egg Harbor, 1996 to 1999. The data are a compilation of GPS survey data by Paul Bologna (1999) and hard copy maps by Paul McLain (1996) that were digitized by the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA), Rutgers University. Included are the submerged aquatic vegetation types mapped throughout the study area and their respective area and perimeter for each polygon.
The data were initially created as part of the 'Landscape Scale Approaches to Coastal Habitat Conservation - Barnegat Bay' study that focused on the loss of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) that is occuring in Barnegat Bay as a result of human modification and decreasing water quality in the bay and watershed across time. CRSSA has compiled SAV studies conducted in the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's to facilitate habitat loss assessment in Barnegat Bay. As of this writing, CRSSA continues to map and monitor submerged aquatic vegetation as part of its on-going Coastal Studies Program.
Lathrop, R.G., R. Styles (RUMCS), S. Seitzinger (RUMCS) and J. Bognar. 2001. Use of GIS Mapping and Modeling Approaches to Examine the Spatial Distribution of Seagrasses in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. Estuaries 24:904-916.
Lathrop, R.G. and J.A. Bognar. 2001. Habitat Loss and Alteration in the Barnegat Bay Region. Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue 32:212-228.
Note: The sav96_99.shp was also included in the 'Boater's Guide to Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor', completed at CRSSA in February 2002.