Habitat Siting Models
Marsh - Anadromous Fish Run
Seagrass Site Selection Tool
This tool is an ArcView 3.x extension that assists restoration planners in
identifying and prioritizing eelgrass restoration opportunities based on environmental data
(water depth, water temperature, light conditions, and current and historical
eelgrass distributions) and socioeconomic (use conflict) information. The tool
requires the Spatial Analyst extension to run, however all data needed for
calculations are provided with the tool. The tool can also accomodate updated data sets
as new spatial information becomes available.
The Seagrass Site Selection Tool builds on the site selection methodology developed for Narragansett Bay
by Save The Bay and researchers at the University of Rhode Island and the University
of New Hampshire. The tool applies the Narragansett Bay transplant suitability
methodology state-wide and incorporates temperature data developed from satellite imagery.
For more details, view the Tool Demo (Slide Show) or
read the Technical Overview that describes how the data
are analyzed. The suitability results are also available in ArcView shapefile format
on this Web site from the Downloadable Data page. Suitability
results should be evaluated in the context of local water quality conditions.
To request a copy of the Seagrass Site Selection Tool on CD-ROM, please complete an
request form or contact Megan Higgins
at the Coastal Resources Management Council. Please specify "Rhode Island Habitat Restoration
Site Selection Tools: Seagrass and Salt Marsh Habitats CD-ROM" in your request.
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This site was created through
a partnership of the:
Coastal Resources Management Council
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
Save The Bay®