The goals of this site characterization are to assemble existing information
about the natural resources of the MBNMS into an easily accessed and searched summary,
and to create a companion bibliographic database which includes all pertinent
reference material (peer-reviewed and "gray") acquired during
the project. The primary audience targeted for this project, as agreed upon
in an early project scoping meeting, includes resource managers, scientists
and higher-level educational institutions.
MBNMS Site Characterization scope, format and
In the first phase of this project, information about the natural resources
of the MBNMS is succinctly summarized in nineteen sections written by more than two
dozen experts; these sections are broadly organized into
Thanks to technology which has allowed us to format this document in hypertext
markup language (HTML), we have also been able to highlight many of the physical and biological links which are an integral part of the topics addressed. This project is therefore geared for use via internet or CD-ROM.
A limited number of CDs and a hard copy of this summary and companion bibliography (which
is very unwieldy in comparison to the digital versions) are available from
the MBNMS office in Monterey, California.
The original scope of this project as proposed by the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration's Sanctuaries and Reserve Division (U.S. Dept. of Commerce 1994) has been divided into multiple phases beginning with the topics covered here. Most importantly, the MBNMS/NOAA and the Phase I awardee (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories) agreed that information regarding Historical,
Archaeological and Cultural Resources could be comprehensively summarized only
if addressed during a second phase of the project. This second phase will
also prove invaluable in adding natural resource information which was previously
overlooked or incomplete at the time of the project's scheduled end date.
Finally, we hope the second phase will create a precedent for continual updates of the bibliographic database, and will include
even those bibliographic entries not yet available in digital form. (With
few exceptions, only references already in a digital document - e.g.
in Word, WordPerfect, ProCite - were included in this Phase I bibliographic