Maritime Traffic & Marine Protected Areas in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Authors: Drew Smith*,
Topics: Marine and Coastal Resources, Coastal and Marine, Environment
Keywords: Maritime Traffic, GIS, San Francisco Bay, Environment
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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San Francisco Bay has long been a maritime epicenter of national and global importance, facilitating trade and connectivity with the world. The Bay and its vicinity, though ecologically sensitive, serves host to vast amounts of shipping traffic annually - millions of tons of goods traverse through Bay Area ports each year. Modern seagoing vessels are required to broadcast their location and voyage information using the Automatic Identification System (AIS). This AIS data has been used to map maritime traffic in San Francisco Bay at sea during December 2014. This allows us to explore the relationship between economically important maritime activity and environmentally sensitive protected areas.

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