Thursday, February 14, 2008

Visualizing Man's Impact on the Oceans

A Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems: "The goal of the research presented here is to estimate and visualize, for the first time, the global impact humans are having on the ocean's ecosystems. Our analysis, published in Science, February 15, 2008, shows that over 40% of the world's oceans are heavily affected by human activities and few if any areas remain untouched."

This report is from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), which "supports cross-disciplinary research that uses existing data to address major fundamental issues in ecology and allied fields, and their application to management and policy." What makes me post it here is the innovative way the NCEAS presents its data as a Google Earth layer. Here is the KML file: Marine Impacts KML.

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