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A GIS Data Modeling Approach to Port Ballast Water Bioinvasion

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The design and implementation of proactive strategies are the best and most cost-effective method of addressing port ballast water bioinvasion. Currently, no single comprehensive monitoring program provides the data necessary to produce an integrated assessment of the potential for ballast-water mediated species introductions into specific ports and/or coastal regions. The project uses a GIS-based data modeling approach that links relevant trade, climatological, water quality, and biological data sets to produce an integrated assessment tool for port-specific management of invasive species. The result is a database for assessing the risk, developing risk-reduction strategies, and preparing (e.g., predicting impact and budgeting for control) for the possibility of introduction.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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