Metadata Summary

Mote Marine Laboratory Manatee Aerial Surveys

Datasource Information

Dataset TypeGIS/Spatial Data
Name of Data SourceMote Marine Laboratory Manatee Aerial Surveys
Datasource Abbreviation (dataset)MOTE_MANATEES
Description of DatasourceAerial surveys are used for acquiring information on manatee distribution. These surveys are typically conducted in nearshore waters around the state. Flights are usually 4-6 hours long, and are most commonly flown every two weeks for two years. Most surveys are done from small, four-seat, high-winged airplanes (Cessna 172 or 182) flying at a height of 150 m (500 ft) at a speed of 130 km/hr (80 mph). The flights are designed to maximize the manatee counts by concentrating on shallow nearshore waters where manatees and their primary food source, seagrasses, are located. Flight paths curve along parallel to the shoreline, and the airplane circles when manatees are spotted until a count of the number of animals in each group is obtained. Deeper waters are usually not surveyed. All aerial data are recorded on photocopies of navigation charts and entered into a Geographic Information System (GIS) for spatial analysis.
Method of Transferring Data to the AtlasManual transfer via CD
How Often Data is Transferred to the AtlasUnknown
Date of Most Recent Data Transfer3/16/2010
Disclaimer/Use ConstraintsNot Available

Custodian Information

Agency Name Mote Marine Laboratory
Center for Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Research
Manatee Research Program
Contact NameKerri Scolardi
Contact Phone(941) 388-4441
Contact Email
Contact URL