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By Scott Stewart, NBT Solutions, scott.stewart [at]

Many of the geospatial data sets used in the MSP process already exist or can be compiled with minimal effort and coordination. However, the lack of data representing human use or the socioeconomic dimension of coastal and marine resources is well-documented and accepted by MSP planners. Called the “missing layer,” the human dimension of the marine environment has been used only sparingly in the MSP process, and even less in the GIS-based decision support systems on which the MSP process relies.

One possible way to include this “missing layer” is to mine social networks for human-use activities—Twitter, for example.

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