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Testing the ArcGIS Marine Data Model : busing spatial information to examine habitat utilization patterns of reef fish along the west coast of Hawaii

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dc.contributor.advisor Wright, Dawn J.
dc.creator Aaby, Alyssa Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-06T22:08:18Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-06T22:08:18Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03-06T22:08:18Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/4061
dc.description Presentation date: 2004-06-08
dc.description Graduation date: 2005
dc.description.abstract In response to anthropogenic pressures that have degraded habitat and put marine resources at risk (Leslie et al., 2003; Mumby et al., 2001; Puniwai et al., 2003), there has been a growing interest in the use of marine protected areas (MPAs) as a management tool to help slow, prevent or reverse negative anthropogenic changes. Recent studies have shown that the most effective MPAs are those which represent a full range of habitat types (Leslie et al., 2003; Carr et al., 2003). Yet, available scientific research has not evaluated the near-shore marine habitat utilization along the West Coast of Hawaii at the large-scales utilized by resource managers. Thus, this study focused on identifying the regional habitat utilization patterns for selected Hawaiian reef fish species to determine the most effective combination of habitat types. In addition, the habitat utilization analysis was used as one of several case studies to test the ArcGIS Marine Data Model’s (MDM) (Wright et al., 2001) adaptability to work with real-world data and perform real-world analyses, as well as meet the five goals outlined by the MDM Working Group (Wright et al., 2001). Created in 2001, by researchers from Oregon State University, Duke University, NOAA, the Danish Hydrologic Institute and ESRI, the MDM is a geodatabase template tailored to meet the needs of the marine GIS user community. Ultimately, this analysis will aid marine managers as it establishes correlations between small and large-scale habitat information, which provides a regional look at habitat utilization. Also, by testing the functionality of the MDM, its strengths and weaknesses will be identified so that it can be improved to better serve the marine GIS user community. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject.lcsh Reef fishes -- Hawaii -- Remote sensing en
dc.subject.lcsh Reef fishes -- Habitat -- Hawaii en
dc.subject.lcsh Reef fishes -- Behavior -- Hawaii en
dc.subject.lcsh Marine parks and reserves -- Hawaii en
dc.title Testing the ArcGIS Marine Data Model : busing spatial information to examine habitat utilization patterns of reef fish along the west coast of Hawaii en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography en
dc.degree.level Master's en
dc.degree.discipline Science en
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en
dc.contributor.committeemember Becker, Laurence
dc.contributor.committeemember Tissot, Brian N.
dc.contributor.committeemember Sleight, Arthur W.

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