Preliminary version for user feedback. Please send comments to: Nearshore Habitat Program.
Welcome to the Washington Marine Vegetation Atlas - An interactive map that summarizes more than 200 surveys of seagrasses, kelp and other macroalgae in Washington State.
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Read a tutorial on how to use the Atlas
What is the Marine Vegetation Atlas?
- A source of information on current and historical vegetation observations to assist resource managers in protecting and restoring habitat in Puget Sound.
- An open-access data catalog to enhance collaborations and science‐based recommendations for resource management, regulatory decisions and marine planning.
- An easily accessible web‐based interface to enhance public awareness of marine vegetation issues and research.
What are the practical applications
of the atlas?
- Find the locations of vegetation types of recognized ecological importance and protected by regulations.
- View, search, and share maps of marine vegetation data.
- Download reports and data.
- Search pre-defined layers for protected vegetation like seagrass and kelp.
- Customize searches for a particular species of interest, survey data, study type, purpose, etc.
Links to more information about coastal habitats and marine vegetation in Washington State.
- Washington Coastal Atlas – Make a coastal map for Washington State. Download aerial photos of Washington shorelines. Map public beaches, biology, slope stability, and more. (Washington State Department of Ecology.)
- Encyclopedia of Puget Sound – A free, open access website where scientists, policymakers and educators find and share information about the Puget Sound ecosystem.
- DNR’s GIS Data – Download spatial datasets, including nearshore habitat vegetation mapping and state-owned aquatic lands managed by DNR.
- WA Department of Ecology GIS Data – Download spatial datasets covering a wide variety of environmental subjects.
- Algaebase – A database of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater organisms.
- Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria – Provides access to specimen data and digital resources from herbaria (a collection of plant samples preserved for long-term study).
- Seaweeds of Alaska – A searchable database of photos and detailed life histories of many seaweed species that occur in the Northern Pacific.