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Marine/Coastal GIS | Software (Extensions and Tools)

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Davey Jones Locker Marine GIS Tool Resource Page (including some of the links below, but many others)

Aaron Racicot's REPROJECTED Blog (open source decision support tools)
Advancing Ecosytem-Based Management: A Decision-Support Toolkit for Marine Managers
ADVICE on managing and processing very LARGE datasets
ArcGIS Marine Data Model (Arc Marine)
ArcGIS Toolbar(USGS)
Applied Science Associates (ASA) tools for visualization of coastal vulnerability: Bathymetry Color Ramps for ArcGIS
Benthic Terrain Modeler (BTM)
CanVis: A Basic Visualization Tool
Coastal Remote Sensing Toolkit
Community Resource Inventory Online (Connecticut)
dbSEABED software
Desktop GIS: Mapping the Planet with Open Source Tools
EBM, Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network
     EBM Tools Presentations
EcoGIS: GIS Tools for Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Mgmt
Environmental Data Connector - ArcGIS 10 to THREDDS/OPeNDAP
Eye4Eye Hydrographic Survey and GIS/GPS Software
Fishery Analyst (Mappamondo GIS)
Fishery Analyst ESRI Mashup Challenge (Mappamondo GIS)
GeoMovie (georeferencing ROV imagery for GIS or the Mac)
Google Earth
Google Ocean (Magic Instinct Software, France)
Hawth's Analysis Tools
Helical Systems Ltd. (Canada - Marine Spatio-Temporal GIS)
Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) (Unidata Data Synthesis Platform)
Intergraph Nautical Charting
Marine Ecosystem-Based Management Tools (Duke University Marine Ecosystem-Based Management Tool Innovation Fund)
Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET, Duke University Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab)
MarineMap Decision Support Tool (California MPA Design)
MarineMap Online Demo
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Toolkit (EBM Tools Network)
Marsh Analysis and Planning Tool Incorporating Tides and Elevations (MAPTITE) (ArcGIS)
MARXAN Enhanced User Manual
MARXAN with Zones Technical Paper
Mauricio Orozco's Marine Fishery ArcGIS Extension (
MIKE Marine GIS (DHI Water & Environment)
NOAA Digital Coast Tool Collection (including marine spatial planning tools)
NOAA Metadata Collector Tool for ArcView® 3.0+
     Other NOAA CSC ArcView Extensions
NOAA Nautical Chart Viewer and Reprojector Tools
NOAA Sea-Level Rise Viewer
NOAA Tampa Bay Bathy/Topo/Shoreline Demo Project
NOAA Vertical Datum Transformation (VDatum) Software Tool
NOAA Wave Exposure Model (part of Digital Coast)
OceanTeacher Software Toolbox (UNESCO IODE)
Oceanographic Analyst (Philip Hooge, USGS Glacier Bay Field Station)
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OpenOceanMap (Ecotrust)
PANDA: Protected Areas Network Design Application (Mappamondo GIS)
Pangaea's PanMap GIS (for Macs too!!)
STEMgis (Mapping in Time) (UK)
Windmill Seafloor Mapping/Classification (benthic habitat)

Advice on managing and processing very large datasets Thanks to the folks on the CONSGIS list (Deb Freitas, Chris Nicholas, George Haskett, and Emily Garding) First option: "1) redirect all the ArcGIS temp files to an external driver... sometimes the temps are too large and get lost of space, 2) split the dataset in half, run the analysis, and then join it again, 3) run a large dataset in ' R' software instead ArcGIS." Second option: "a) If you are manipulating huge amounts of vectors (points/lines/polygons) then it's time to think about using a real spatial database; for ESRI this means SDE. Otherwise, you'll be reading in massive shapefiles into memory, etc. Obviously a lot depends on what you're doing, but going to a DB is just good karma for paging, caching, concurrency, etc." "b) If you manipulating massive amounts of raster files, you should find someone that can do some basic command-line scripting, whether it is Python for Arc, or otherwise, and/or get a real image processing package, such as ERDAS, ENVI, ERMapper, etc, that all have batch mode tools. If the operations are relatively simple, the GDAL utilities are fantastic: Beyond that, there are indeed the R-routines, and no doubt a lot of neat items in Image Analyst, etc. If you're psycho, you can do things in the cloud via BPEL, GRID, and GRASS, as per 'Geobrain,' etc." Third option: "Change the computer virtual memory setting, thus letting the computer use the extra storage space to do its job. Depending upon your user id privileges you may need your IT personnel to do this for you as you need admin rights to do so." Right click on My Computer to open your System Properties Click on the Advanced tab Click on the Settings tab located in the Performance section Click the Advanced tab Click the Change tab under the Virtual Memory section Select the Drive you want your virtual memory to running on Select the System Managed Size option Also: Change your operating system from 32 bit to 64 bit. Consider keeping your data to raster format and find workarounds to accomplish your goals. For instance, if you want to convert from raster to feature class, calculate the area of each feature, and export features over a certain size. Instead of converting to polygon, run "Region Group" on your rasters and then reclassify them based on the area (which is calculated by the number of cells in each group)."