Data Collection & Creation

MSP requires an inventory of important ecological areas, current and potential human activities, and the identification of conflict or threat among and between uses and the environment.

Dr. Kim Baldwin conducting ground-truthing field surveys to map coastal marine habitats, resources and space-uses in Barbados, Caribbean.


Taking the time to carefully apply a preliminary appraisal is essential to comprehensively identify, gather and convert existing data as well as determine the most effective manner in which to create relevant spatial information using all available sources.

A number of data collection methods can be applied to create ecosystem-based spatial information, ranging from conventional scientific field surveys, the application of remote sensing technologies (using aerial photos or satellite imagery) as well as a number of participatory research techniques (including mapping, transects, seasonal calendars, SocMon) to map and monitor the environment, its resources and space-uses.

Many methods of GIS data collection: surveys, remote sensing using satellite imagery and drones can be used for mapping and monitoring.