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Seascapes: Getting to Know the Sea Around Us. A Guide to Characterizing Marine and Coastal Areas.

By Peter H. Taylor, Waterview Consulting & Jennifer Atkinson, Quebec-Labrador Foundation

People increasingly seek to understand the nature and human uses of the ocean in order to address environmental and resource management issues. The marine area characterization process described in Seascapes can be used to produce a well-rounded, comprehensive, and reliable compendium of information that will be invaluable for countless purposes. How does one go about characterizing a marine area in a meaningful way? What information is needed? How should the information be obtained and organized? How can the findings be communicated so they are useful? This guide answers those questions and more.

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Front Cover (JPEG, 300 KB)

Section 1: Introduction (PDF, 1 MB)

  • Background
  • What Is a Marine Area Characterization?
  • Who Performs a Marine Area Characterization?
  • Why Conduct a Marine Area Characterization?
  • Examples of Marine Area Characterization Projects

Section 2: A Course of Action for Marine Area Characterization (PDF, 911 KB)

  • Overview
  • Planning
  • Developing Tools and Acquiring Resources
  • Conducting the Characterization

Section 3: Components of a Marine Area Characterization (PDF, 996 KB)

  • Overview
  • Oceanographic and Physiographic Components
  • Biological Components
  • Human Dimensions Components

Appendix A: Maine Information Sources (PDF, 804 KB)

  • Oceanographic and Physiographic Components
  • Biological Components
  • Human Dimensions Components
  • Table of Contents

How to cite the booklet:

Taylor, Peter H. and Jennifer Atkinson. 2008. Seascapes: Getting to Know the Sea Around Us. A Guide to Characterizing Marine and Coastal Areas. Quebec-Labrador Foundation, Inc. www.qlf.org. 80 p.

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