Coral Reef NOAA
May 29, 2016  

NOAA Unveils New Mapping Tool for St. John

screen capture of the BIOMapper tool showing image from a video overlayed with benthic habitat maps for a region of St. John
BIOMapper provides instant acces to underwater drop camera video and photography that are searchable by dive site. Photo credit: NOAA/NOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science announces the launch of the St. John Biogeography Integrated Online Mapper (BIOMapper). The St. John BIOMapper provides managers and scientists with improved access to coastal and ocean data and a way to print customized maps of specific areas of interest.

BIOMapper lets users interactively view data, aerial imagery, dive photography, underwater video, and related publications for a project in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), "Benthic Habitat Mapping off St. John, US Virgin Islands National Park, and Virgin Islands Reef National Monument." The fully interactive tool is an easy way to view the project's benthic habitat data, examine the attributes of the data, and show different thematic representations of the data. In addition, photography and videos taken during dive missions are viewable, linked to the location of the dives. PDF maps can be produced of user-selected areas in a pre-formatted template. BIOMapper uses software that is easily modified to display a variety of data types for any region. The site is viewable in all browsers that have a Flash plugin.