Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Programs
The extent of coastal wetlands and oyster reefs in Florida decreased dramatically as the human population grew, and these habitats continue to be impacted by human development, altered hydrology, and climate change. In response, two statewide programs were developed to better understand and protect Florida’s vulnerable coastal habitats and the numerous species that depend upon them. The Coastal Habitat Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program (CHIMMP) and the Oyster Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program (OIMMP) focus on Florida’s coastal wetlands and oyster reefs. The main objective of these programs is to build and maintain a collaborative network of stakeholders and practitioners who map and monitor these coastal habitats. This network can then identify the status of and management priorities for these ecosystems. These programs increase communication, minimize duplicate efforts and identify data gaps, needs, and priorities for Florida coastal habitats. IMMP efforts include hosting workshops, publishing statewide reports, and compiling and sharing information on coastal wetlands and oyster reefs in Florida.
Learn more about the Coastal Habitat Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program
Learn more about the Oyster Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program