Seafloor Mapping in Massachusetts: Sediment, Geoforms, and Fauna

Dan Sampson
GIS/Data Coordinator

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

Friday, Apr. 10, 2015, 3:00pm
Chase 130
Abstract

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), through its Seafloor and Habitat Mapping Program, collects data and develops maps showing the distribution and diversity of seafloor habitats. The overall goal of this work is to synoptically characterize the geologic and biologic framework of the Massachusetts seafloor inside the 3-mile limit of State waters using high-resolution seafloor-mapping techniques, sediment sampling, and seafloor photography. Among other applications, maps that depict the distribution of bottom habitats provide the scientific guidance necessary for identifying sensitive areas and for appropriately siting offshore development such as sand mining, pipelines, and renewable energy projects.