Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


GIS Projects

Habitat Mapping

Through the use of GIS technology, the Center for Spatial Analysis provides habitat layers for use in analyses that are intended to assist marine, freshwater, and terrestrial related research, management and conservation efforts, law enforcement issues, and a host of other management and conservation objectives.

Biogeographic Characterization and Assessment

The Center for Spatial Analysis employs specialists from marine, freshwater, and terrestrial arenas to develop spatially explicit models identifying Florida's priority lands and waters for conservation of biodiversity. A variety of tools and methods are employed that result in a diverse line of products and services.

Sociogeographic Characterization and Assessment

Scientists in the Center for Spatial Analysis address natural resource allocation and strive to help decision-makers better understand resource-allocation needs.

Oil Spill

Through the use of GIS technology, the Center for Spatial Analysis assists the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Department of Environmental Protection in the event of an oil spill. These analyses assist decision-makers in developing response and clean-up strategies, in prioritizing response efforts, and in assessing damage after a spill.

Boating and Angling

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) develops a variety of cartographic products in response to the needs of the community. The Boating and Angling Guides are one such example. The FWRI provides technical support in the form of data and cartographic layout and works with a variety of local, state and federal partners.

FWC Facts:
Freshwater fish have a series of sensory pores called the lateral line that detect movement and vibration in the water, which helps with predatory and schooling behavior.

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