BUILDING OCEAN RESILIENCE
A healthy and resilient ocean is one that is readily able to return to a healthy state following disturbance events...
Marine Science Contributions to a Sustainable Future from our Female Scientists at the IMA
In an interview with the IMA, Ms. Alison Clausen of the Paris Office of the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural...
Status of mangrove forests in Trinidad and Tobago
This project was done in collaboration with Dr. Rahanna Juman, head of the Environmental Research Programme (ERP). The goal of...
What Do We Do
This Unit deals mainly with the generation, analysis and management of spatial information and provides support for research staff through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies.
Geographic Information Systems
GIS is a tool that manages, analyzes, and models data from the environment so that informed decisions are made to better conserve natural resources and protect biodiversity. GIS technology plays an important role in the support and delivery of information to environmental managers and the public.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at IMA is used to provide data and/or services such as:
- Topographic Maps: Simple images (JPG/GIF) or geo-referenced images (TIFF, DWG/DXF) which may be used as overlays or which can reproduce useful posters or charts
- Feature Datasets: Coverage of spatial data where the majority of the datasets are in ARC/INFO (E00), SHP, DLG, TIGER & DEM
- Satellite Imagery: Customizable satellite imagery through IMA’s Remote Sensing Station
- Spatial Analysis
- Mobile Mapping/Field GIS
- Web-Based GIS
There has been a wide variety of projects conducted by the IMA in which GIS has played a significant role. These projects have ranged in scope and focus centering on issues such as marine pollution to coastal conservation to fisheries management. The on-going projects which incorporate GIS include:
- An Economic Valuation of Coral Reefs in Tobago
- Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution (as defined and outlined by the Cartagena Convention)
- Fish Kills Incidents/Reporting
- Oil Spill Contingency Planning: Redefining ESIs
- Incident Coastal Planning/Development
- Caribbean Marine Atlas