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Two scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) visited the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Woods Hole Science Center (WHSC) last November to gather and share information.
Judith Pederson, Director of the MIT Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources, and Christiaan Adams, an MIT graduate student in the Technology and Policy Program and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, spent November 19, 2003, at the USGS WHSC.
One goal of their visit was to get feedback from folks here in the community on how they use and what they need from the MIT Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources.
The other reason for their visit was for Christiaan to make a presentation on eSite, a tool for merging scientific and public participation in Marine Protected Area (MPA) site selection.
The eSite application was developed to facilitate public participation in and education on environmental-site-selection issues, by allowing users to weight various criteria and see the results within an online mapping system.
The case study undertaken involves the hypothetical siting of MPAs within Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Christiaan explained the development of the application, demonstrated its operation, and discussed its potential uses.
To look at the application, visit the eSite Web site. Christiaan suggested that this tool could be adapted for other usesfor example, for the siting of energy-generation facilities, such as the windfarm proposed for Nantucket Sound.
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