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The Marine Sanctuary Group (MSG) Project demonstrated the efficacy of a Geographic Information System (GIS) in creating a useable ecological site characterization of the Santa Barbara Channel and, specifically, the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS). An ecological site characterization would be helpful in managing the CINMS; however, to date, site characterization studies made of the region lack a spatial component. To address this, we used a GIS model that integrated four physical environmental parameters including bathymetry, substrate type, sea surface temperature, and wave exposure to determine potential species habitat distributions in the Sanctuary. In order to disseminate the resulting information in a manner that would facilitate participation of all users and stakeholders in the resource management of the CINMS, we served the model, the data, and the results on the World Wide Web.

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