Birmingham, Alabama, November 7, 2013 – GISi developed a reef map viewer for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Landover, Maryland. The coral reef map products found within the viewer are the result of years of work by an extended team of dedicated scientists and many months of field research in remote regions of the world.

The intent of the reef map viewer is to provide a single, cost-effective, web-based platform to access the Foundation’s benthic habitat maps that can support current and future habitat maps, as well as to integrate the ability to download data directly. The viewer allows for access to detailed coral reef habitat data by all types of users, from the student looking to explore coral reefs on the web to the scientist who needs to download the data for use in scientific research.

The foundation has embarked on a 6 year coral research project called the Global Reef Expedition and mapping is a key component of the research. As they continue their research, GISi is honored to work with them to integrate their new, high-resolution benthic habitat and bathymetric data, as well as further customizing the reef map viewer to fully maximize the interactivity of the reef maps on the web.

“This project is a perfect example of the power of a map to better understand the world in which we live in,” said Lee Lichlyter, President & CEO of GISi. “We are honored to play a supporting role in the Foundation’s mission of research, education, and conservation of the world’s oceans and aquatic resources.”

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