Please join us (virtually) from noon-1:00 pm ET on June 23, 2020, for a webinar on “The Northeast Ocean Data Portal: Delivering Maps and Data for Ocean Planning & Management.” Members of the Portal team will present the webinar as part of the OneNOAA Science Seminar Series.

All are welcome to register and attend the webinar. For more information and to register, visit:

Webinar Description
Presenters: Emily Shumchenia, Northeast Regional Ocean Council; Nick Napoli, Northeast Regional Ocean Council; Kelly Knee, RPS; and Peter Taylor, Waterview Consulting

The Northeast Ocean Data Portal ( was established in 2009 by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) and is a centralized, peer-reviewed, publicly accessible source of over 5,000 data layers and maps of the ocean ecosystem and ocean-related human activities in New England. The Portal includes data products characterizing species and habitat distributions, environmental conditions, and human activities across a range of themes pertinent to ocean management, planning, education, and research. This includes marine life and habitat, commercial fishing, recreational activities, energy and infrastructure, marine transportation, aquaculture, security, water quality, restoration, administrative areas, and more.

The need for these data is increasing as existing uses of the ocean change and new uses of the ocean are proposed. The Portal provides a user-friendly platform to access and communicate this array of information. The data are used to inform project planning, agency regulatory and management actions, public comment, and ocean education and research. Data providers and subject matter experts, including state and federal agencies, industry, researchers, and others, provide input and review maps and data products before they are made publicly available.

In this webinar, the Northeast Ocean Data team will describe the technologies that the Portal leverages, review the process used to develop and disseminate peer-reviewed data products in response to NROC priorities and users’ needs, and demonstrate some of the data and tools available. We will provide examples of public- and private-sector entities that use the Portal and how they are using it in the northeastern US to support planning and decision-making for offshore uses such as wind energy, aquaculture, dredged material disposal, and fisheries management.