2020 AIS (Vessel Traffic) Data Now Available

AIS has been identified by the regional ocean planning community as one of the most critical data sets for planning and analysis and included as a joint milestone under the implementation plan for the E.O. 13840 - Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States. While originally designed as a vessel collision-avoidance tool, the collection and aggregation of AIS data has become invaluable to a variety of uses, such as management of port operations, assessing port access and coastal shipping routes for maritime transportation, vessel carbon production modeling and research, offshore infrastructure and aquaculture siting, renewable energy siting and leasing, establishment of transit corridors, and species and habitat management. Over the past year, the team has worked with the U.S. Coast Guard to reduce the delivery cycle of AIS from 18 months down to four months. Faster access means timelier information and more efficient analyses. Head over to our AIS page to explore the new data. AIS data

Photo credit: AIS data displayed in Esri's Living Atlas.