Tool name * MarineMap

MarineMap is a web-based decision support tool for open and participatory spatial planning in the marine environment. MarineMap offers a simple, flexible and powerful means of gathering expertise from resource managers, scientists, stakeholders and public in a process of collaborative decision making. It offers users web-based access to all of the data, methods and analyses that scientists use to evaluate Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Without special training or assistance, working in a group setting or at home, MarineMap users can draw, evaluate and discuss prospective MPAs.

Category All, Decision Support
What step(s) in analysis framework 4, 5, 6
What step(s) in Governance framework

Not available

Data Quality Required

Modification Required

The MarineMap code is open source and adaptable to situations and environments around the world.

Expertise Required

With MarineMap, users need no Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training to be able to participate in sophisticated marine planning.

Spatial and Temporal

Temporal Scales Not available


Visualize social and ecological attributes of coastal areasDraw and assemble networks of prospective MPAsSpecify types of regulations to be applied to each MPA, as well as goals and objectives fulfilledGenerate reports that assess MPAs according to scientific guidelines as well as social and economic impactsShare MPA boundaries and networks with other usersDiscuss results with others in online forumQuickly and easily modify existing MPA concepts as the process evolves

License cost issues


Literature: References & Manuals *