Monthly Distribution of Shipping Vessels within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, January-December 2010
Technical rept. Jan-Dec 2010
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
Pagination or Media Count:
After the discovery of a 40-foot shipping container resting on the ocean floor within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary MBNMS, the MBNMS began a study to research the impact that containers lost at sea might have on the marine environment. The Naval Postgraduate School Oceanography Department was approached to provide some measure of the total shipping which passes within the boundaries of the MBNMS. Utilizing the Automated Identification System AIS message data, both total shipping and cargo shipping totals were calculated and monthly density plots were generated to show those areas which are most impacted by vessel traffic. In addition to providing information on the issue of lost shipping containers, these plots can be used by the MBNMS and NOAAs other West Coast Sanctuaries to understand interactions between shipping and wildlife, especially within the context of ship strikes to whales.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Marine Engineering
- Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors