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Using community-based monitoring with GIS to create habitat maps for a marine protected area in Australia

  • Jacquomo Monk (a1), Daniel Ierodiaconou (a1), Alecia Bellgrove (a1) and Laurie Laurenson (a1)


In recent years there has been an increase in community-based monitoring programmes developed and implemented worldwide. This paper describes how the data collected from such a programme could be integrated into a Geographic Information System (GIS) to create temperate subtidal marine habitat maps. A differential Global Positioning System was utilized to accurately record the location of the trained community-based SCUBA diver data. These georeferenced data sets were then used to classify benthic habitats using an aerial photograph and digitizing techniques. This study demonstrated that trained community-based volunteers can collect data that can be utilized within a GIS to create reliable and cost-effective maps of shallow temperate subtidal rocky reef systems.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Jacquomo MonkSchool of Life and Environmental Sciences Deakin University, PO Box 423, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280, Australia email:


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Using community-based monitoring with GIS to create habitat maps for a marine protected area in Australia

  • Jacquomo Monk (a1), Daniel Ierodiaconou (a1), Alecia Bellgrove (a1) and Laurie Laurenson (a1)


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