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To carry out this three-goal objective, the workgroup similarly developed its own threephase process to identify traditional shipping routes, applying suitability criteria to make initial suitability determinations for areas proposed for development; predict changes intraffcpatterns;anddeterminechangesin navigational risk, given different siting and routing scenarios. I Data layer from the data viewer available on the Northeast Ocean Data website depicts the number of trips for recreational vessels 2000 to 2009. Graphic courtesy of the Northeast Ocean Data website. Density plot of tugs and towing vessels in 2010, with wind energy areas for New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. shown as pink shaded areas. Graphic by author Emile R. Benard. • Providedata,tools,and/ormethodologytoassist in future determinations of waterway suitability for proposed projects. • Develop,inthenearterm,AutomaticIdentifcation System products and provide other support as necessary to assist Coast Guard districts with planning emerging coastal and offshore energy projects. 36 Proceedings Fall 2013 Phase One — Determine Suitable Development Areas During this phase, U.S. Coast Guard personnel gathered data via stakeholder outreach and published two requests for comments in the Federal Register, which received 129 individual submissions. Work group members also gathered information and statistics on the marine transportation systems and the many uses of our coastal waters to help predict future trends. Although outreach and stakeholder comments provided invaluable information, Automatic IdentifcationSystem(AIS)datahasbeenthe primary source of information to determine traditional vessel routes. That said, there were many challenges with initially processing and analyzing AIS data. To overcome these barriers, workgroup members partnered with personnel from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (agencies that were also analyzing AIS data) to provide many of the early workgroup products like "heat maps,"displayingvesseltraffc ntensity. i Since then, the type and availability of AIS products have greatly improved. For example, AutomaticIdentifcationSystemdataisnow available online through the Marine Cadastre, which also hosts ocean planning tools and a data registry, and regional portals such as the Northeast Ocean Data Portal or the MidAtlantic Ocean Data Portal. Regional efforts are also underway to gather vessel and usage data that AIS doesn'tcapture,suchascommercialfshingandrecreational boating information. With this readily available information, we can use geospatial displays to view multiple layers simultaneouslyandquicklyidentifyanyconfictsintaskslike evaluating proposed areas for leasing. www.uscg.mil/proceedings