Marine spatial planning (MSP) is a process that brings together multiple users of the ocean – including energy, industry, government, conservation and recreation – to make informed and coordinated decisions about how to use marine resources sustainably. MSP generally uses maps to create a more comprehensive picture of a marine area – identifying where and how an ocean area is being used and what natural resources and habitat exist. It is similar to land-use planning, but for marine waters.
This biophysical environmental analysis performs a hierarchical cluster computation in order to characterise the area based on the following parameters:
ADG: Absorption Coefficient of colored detrital matter at 443nm (m^-1)