A Geographic Information System for the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme

Scott, Lucy Elizabeth Powell (2006) A Geographic Information System for the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme. South African Journal of Science, 102 (September/October). pp. 475-478. ISSN 0038-2353




The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) Geographic Information System (GIS) has been developed to integrate, analyse and map all spatial data generated within the ACEP programme. A GIS is a multidisciplinary tool, and within ACEP the GIS has been used to integrate information from marine biology studies, oceanographic surveys, geophysical exploration as well as the observations made and footage taken from a research submersible. The core data in the GIS are based on deep marine ecosystems and the programme’s flagship species, Latimeria chalumnae (the coelacanth). Over and above the utility of the GIS as a tool for science through its considerable information storage, analysis and display capabilities, the ACEP GIS has been used for interactive environmental education purposes and to generate public awareness of the programme at various meetings, training events and conferences.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Latimeria chalumnae, Coelacanth, African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme, computational ecology
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)
ID Code:554
Deposited By: Ms Vivien Botha
Deposited On:06 Mar 2007
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