Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology allows scientists to organize and analyze complex marine data through time and space. By integrating our data onto maps of the Atlantic Ocean, we can see where right whales spend their summers and how far our rehabilitated sea turtles travel after their release.

Program Background

We use GIS to explore the marine environment. Mapping allows us to interpret relationships not visible through the tables or graphs that are more commonly used in scientific studies. We look for innovative conservation solutions by analyzing the spatial distribution of right whales relative to shipping lanes and the travel patterns of dolphins and sea turtles.

Projects

We use GIS technology to better understand when and where right whales interact with their environment, track rescued and rehabilitated animals and inspire children to explore careers in marine science.

Results and Successes

Our Marine GIS program is helping conserve critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, track rehabilitated and released marine animals and train our next generation of ocean stewards.