It took a team of data scientists from various agencies including NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the Marine Cadastre to work with the Coast Guard to develop a special process to turn over 10 years of AIS data into maps that were compatible and fully integrated with the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Data Portals. That treasure trove of information on the data portal gives the maritime community and decision-makers a clear, simple tool to visualize vessel traffic in the region.
Chris P. Scraba, Deputy Chief, Waterways Management, Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard
“We protect people on the sea, we protect the nation from threats given by the sea and we protect the sea itself from an environmental stewardship perspective. You can see right away that the prosperity of our nation is inextricably connected to maritime commerce and the safe flow of this commerce into these ports. Ocean planning fits very well with the Coast Guards approach; it’s critical for the Coast Guard and other agencies work together in a collaborative manner to ensure the maritime transportation system is safe, secure, efficient and resilient to continue to bring this large volume of cargo into our ports.”
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