Marine Planning
Practical Approaches to Ocean and Coastal Decision-Making

Select Sites

To achieve the stated objectives and goals, optimization tools (e.g. Marxan) are used to prioritize assessment units. This creates a transparent, flexible, and credible decision support system where multiple scenarios can be explored.

Useful rules of thumb for site selection:

Case Study: Carolinian Ecoregion

In the Carolinian ecoregion, Marxan was used to identify efficient solutions that met conservation goals for all targets (left map); these results were evaluated and modified in expert workshops (right map).

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