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Ocean Planning Information System

Contents: Overview | Data Layers and Access


Ocean Usesuses
Marine Protected Areasmarine
Physical Resourcesphysical
Living Resourcesliving
Economic Resourceseconomic
Political Boundariespolitical
Federal Jurisdictionsfederal
The Ocean Planning Information System (OPIS)(formerly Ocean GIS Southeast) was an online source for data and interactive mapping in the 1990's and early 2000. It provided access to comprehensive ocean-related data (over 50 layers) and information. This was a prototype, on-line GIS that covered the coastal zones and ocean areas off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Their former link now (February 2009) redirects to the CSC's Digital Coast Legislative Atlas which "allows users to visualize where selected coastal and ocean laws apply helping regional collaborations to make sense of the complex governance system of our oceans and coasts."

Data Layers and Access

The Libraries' downloaded the OPIS datafiles, which are in ArcInfo coverage and shapefile formats. The data are stored on the Geodata Server under /fedgov/nos/oceangis/.

Categories and sub-directories are shown in the table above. Metadata files are in the same directories as the coverages. Further information may be found by searching the Internet Archive for

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