For the last year or so, I've had the pleasure of working with the MarineMap Consortium. We just learned yesterday that the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution awarded MarineMap the “Innovation in Technology and Environmental Conflict Resolution”.
I joined the team after the launch of the South Coast of California site which was already widely recognized as a successful decision-support tool for marine spatial planning. We've since been working on version 2 of the MarineMap tool which is deployed currently for the North Coast of California in support of their Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process.
It's been a tremendous challenge to bring a new version of the software to life and have it meet and exceed the standards set by its predecessor. It has also been tremendously rewarding and having our work recognized at this level is a great honor. It's nice to know that the tools we've developed have been so helpful and instrumental in the marine planning process along the coast of California. Looking forward, I see MarineMap growing beyond a tool for a specific purpose (supporting the MLPA Initiative) to a robust framework for developing web-based spatial planning tools for all sorts of environmental applications, both marine and terrestrial. And this award confirms that we are already heading in the right direction. Very exciting news!