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As stated in the Blue Plan Vision and Goals document, "the plan shall use accurate, relevant data and information, from traditional knowledge to cutting-edge science and innovative mapping technologies to support planning and management of Long Island Sound resources and uses."

Example of data map template for hypoxia in LIS

The Blue Plan has compiled a series of datasets, which are available on various online portals, focusing on ecological resources and human uses of Long Island Sound. These datasets have been transformed into easy-to-use "Map Templates" that provide an overview of the data in Long Island Sound, as well as descriptive information as to what the data means and how it was developed. Example of meta data description from hypoxia map template

The data and map templates have been reviewed by scientific and human use experts to inform The Blue Plan team on whether the data is relevant, accurate, and sufficient to use in the final plan. Experts in these fields have also helped to suggest other sources of data and information to inform the Plan.

The collection of this data and information has been used to form the Resources and Human Use Inventory of Long Island Sound. The final inventory guides the ecological characterization of Long Island Sound, assists in determining "Ecologically Significant Areas", and provides the foundation for the development of the Blue Plan.


Take a look at the data that has been collected and where that data came from:Blue Plan binoculars

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Content Last Updated February 7, 2020