Ocean Uses Atlas

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Ocean Uses Atlas

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 to Thursday, January 14, 2010
Durham, New Hampshire

Co-sponsored with NOAA's National Marine Protected Areas Center

A 2012 Update

In early 2010, the National Ocean Service’s Ocean Uses Team partnered with the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Resource Center to map a wide range of ocean uses in New Hampshire and Southern Maine. At the time, ocean use patterns were gathered through a participatory workshop with local experts in preparation for the March 2010 Spill of National Significance drill. A month later, the actual Deepwater Horizon Spill occurred. Now, two years later, the utility of ocean use data for response, assessment and restoration is as relevant and clear as ever. The re-release of the products and insight derived from this project is intended to spark further integration of the patterns and significance of ocean uses into the whole spectrum of emergency response and follow up efforts. To date, the NOAA’s Ocean Uses Team has completed mapping in California, New Hampshire and Southern Maine, Northwest Hawaii, and West Maui.

For more information on the project, contact: Dr. Charles Wahle (charles.wahle-at-noaa.gov), or Dr. Mimi D’Iorio (mimi.diorio-at-noaa.gov). Click here to view the Fact Sheet.

Meeting Results

NOAA OCRM / Ocean Uses for New England (GIS data and PDF maps can be downloaded from here) More>>

New England ERMA® website (view of the primary data) can be found at this link More>>

Meeting Goal

Environmental emergecies in coastal waters, whether caused by extreme weather or accidents such as oil spills, require responders to make quick decisions about where and how to deploy available resources to protect sensitive areas and the human uses they support. The Ocean Uses Atlas Project is an innovative partnership between the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) and NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). The project fills a critical information gap for response efforts in the coastal and offshore waters of New Hampshrie and southern Maine by mapping the full range of significant human uses of the ocean in their state and federal waters. Spatial data on ocean use patterns will be gathered from regional ocean experts throgh a participatory Geographic Information System (GIS) process in a workshop environment. The resulting data, maps, and analytical products will be used in emergency response planning and made available to state and federal ocean management agencies and all other interested parties.



New England Center (Great Bay Room)
15 Strafford Avenue | Durham, NH 03824


New England Center Hotel
A block of rooms has been reserved. ($96 + tax)
Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.
Call 800.590.4334. Code: OceanUses


  • For a map of the UNH campus, click here>>
  • For driving directions from the nearest airports, click here>>

Travel Forms

  • Participant Reimbursement Form here>>
  • Participant Registration Form here>>
  • Federal Travel Authorization information here>>
  • For state and federal employees, click here>>
  • For all others, please click here>>

Packet Information

  • Map - Nearshore Areas here>>

  • Map - Offshore Study Region here>>

  • Instructions for Workshop Participants

    • Non-Consumptive Ocean Uses (Tuesday, January 12th) here>> Agenda here>>
    • Fishing Ocean Uses & Consumptive Uses (Wednesday, January 13th) here>> Agenda here>>
    • Industrial Ocean Uses (Thursday, January 14th) here>> Agenda here>>

Questions? Please contact kathy.mandsager@unh.edu or 603.862.1545.