Maps are an excellent tool to understand the spatial composition and complexity of the marine protected areas inventory efforts. The Inventory Atlas provides a set of maps designed to furnish a visual, geographic context for the MPA Inventory.
The inventory effort includes assembling electronic spatial data (boundary files) in tandem with the detailed information being gathered on the ... management of individual sites as provided in the site profiles. In cases where these files do not exist, they are being developed by a geographic information team.
These files will be used to produce thematic series of maps that will be presented here, in the Inventory Atlas. These series will allow users to see various combinations of programs, selected mpa networks, and regions of the country. The Atlas will evolve as the information in the inventory becomes richer.