PWS Framework - Human Use Hotspots Analysis and GeoDatabase

Campfire on the beachHuman use in Prince William Sound is not evenly distributed spatially or temporally. This project compiled existing data on spatial and temporal distribution of human use in remote Prince William Sound, Alaska in order to create predictions about human use in the region.  Over forty existing data sources were used in collaboration with other land management agencies, private subject matter experts and land owners of the Sound to locate and validate data sources. Types of use considered include commercially permitted and private recreation, commercial and sport fishing, and hunting.  Data was summarized by season of use and analyzed to identify areas of seasonal higher human use concentration.  This effort established a low order spatial unit of General Area, based on physical geography, established place names and known use patterns in the Sound multiples of which could be combined up to larger, Analysis Areas .