What is the Florida Marine Data Hub? Simply put, it is a website that collates information and knowledge about marine data collection, processing, management, and distribution. It is meant to be a one-stop shop for anyone with an interest in marine spatial data. While it focuses on bathymetric and backscatter data, it also includes information about data related to the geology, geomorphology, chemistry, biology, physics, habitats, and uses of our oceans.
The Florida Marine Data Hub is an initiative associated with the establishment and funding, in late 2020, of the West Florida Shelf Standardized Mapping Framework Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence, hosted in the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences at the University of Florida, is led by Vincent Lecours, Erik Kvaleberg, and Joy Hazell. Its goal is to bring the Florida-based community of marine data users and providers together to identify current and future needs for a framework in support of effective and dynamic aggregation of benthic mapping data.