Student Class Project (Spring 2015): Case Study: Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning

Class: Advanced Environmental Geomatics, 11:372:462
Class instructor: Prof. Richard Lathrop
Semester: Spring 2015


The class examined Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning as it relates to place-based decision-making in the Mid-Atlantic region (USA), encompassing the state and federal waters off of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. The focus of the project was to identify ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs) for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) jurisdiction using protocols developed as part of the UNESCO Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (

EBSAs are areas of the ocean that are judged-- through a technical process-- to meet one or more of the following seven scientific criteria:

The class compiled and integrated a variety of geospatial data layers acquired from credible sources to map EBSAs in the MARCO region.



Richard G. Lathrop, Jr. PhD
Director, Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA)
Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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New Brunswick, NJ USA 08901-8551
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