When debate between competing users of the coast gets heated, it pays to have the best possible information on hand. Technology is now available to map the seafloor at any water depth, and new research at NIWA makes it possible to generate biologically meaningful maps of the undersea habitat. Such environmental mapping can reduce uncertainties, whether they are about the extent of debris distribution from an aquaculture farm, the distribution and significance of a unique habitat, or the dispersion of pollutants.
NIWA’s first course on marine habitat mapping will be held in Wellington on 17–18 March. The course is especially tailored for central and local government resource managers and private industry.