Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard released for public review

The FGDC Coastal and Marine Spatial Data Subcommittee, chaired by the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), developed the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS), and is currently inviting the public sector, those involved in coastal and marine ecology and management, to review and comment on a draft of this standard. Through a common terminology, CMECS provides the vocabulary needed to term ecological and habitat units. The standard also provides the marine community with "a uniform protocol for identifying, characterizing and naming ecological units in support of monitoring, protection, and restoration of unique biotic assemblages, protected species, critical habitat, and important ecosystem components."

The draft CMECS is available for download (PDF), with final comments received no later than December 13, 2010.

For more information about CMECS and the public review, visit the FGDC press release.