A set of web-based public decision support tools for integrated planning and management in aquaculture

Type Article
Date 2022
Language English
Author(s) You JunyongORCID1, Yu Liangju2, Meillon Julien3, Gangnery AlineORCID4, Bacher CedricORCID4, Liu Hui5, Strand Øivind6
Affiliation(s) 1 : NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, Nygårdstangen, Bergen 5838, Norwa
2 : Dalian Ocean University, Dalian 116086, China
3 : Ifremer, SISMER, Plouzané F-29280, France
4 : Ifremer, DYNECO, Plouzané F-29280, France
5 : Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China
6 : Institute of Marine Research, PO Box 1870 Nordnes, Bergen 5817, Norway
Source Methodsx (2215-0161) (Elsevier BV), 2022 , Vol. 9 , P. 101795 (11p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.mex.2022.101795
Keyword(s) Marine spatial planning, Web Map Service (WMS), Geographic Information System (GIS), Aquaculture site selection, Suitability assessment

We developed a set of web-based tools to meet the demand for spatial planning and help to determine the available space suitable for marine aquaculture activity. These tools were derived from AkvaVis concept, which was initially designed for the management of Norwegian aquaculture. The AkvaVis concept was adapted to different national aquaculture contexts and two other tools were developed in France and China. Besides using GIS maps and thematic layers, interactive functions were added to enable the user to select spatial parameters, build indicators for aquaculture siting and instantly display the requested information. For each tool, we describe the main technical features, input data, data geoprocessing, output products, tool strengths and limits, and applicability to other case studies.

The three tools we present share common concepts and features:

• use of standardized protocols for data (Web Feature Services, Web Map Services)

• reusability of the modules developed for applications to other case studies

• web-based interface for spatial data viewing and processing

They also show some differences, e.g., the Chinese tool exists as a desktop or a web-based support system. Differences and demonstrations for different aquaculture contexts in Europe and China offer some flexibility in future applications.

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