Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Unified Reef Map

The Unified Reef Map provides a seamless coverage of benthic habitats across the Florida reef tract by integrating regional habitat maps from Martin County to the Dry Tortugas.



Project Information

The Unified Reef Map is a regional map of benthic habitats, or bottom types, that occur throughout the Florida reef tract. The Unified Reef Map consists of individual maps and relevant monitoring data provided by our numerous partners. The purpose of the Unified Reef Map is to provide a “big picture” view of benthic habitats from Martin County through the Florida Keys to the Dry Tortugas. The Unified Reef Map is part of a larger project to coordinate scientific research and promote a reef-wide approach for protecting Florida’s reef tract.

For more information check out the Unified Reef Map User Guide or Metadata.

Maps and Data

Unified Reef Web Map

Downloadable GIS Data

Web Mapping Service for ArcGIS Users (REST)

Additional Information

FWRI Annual Report for the Coordinated Mapping & Monitoring Project

FWRI Technical Review: Map Integration Issues in the Florida Reef Tract & Appendix

Accuracy Assessment of NOAA's Florida Keys Benthic Habitat Map

Mapping Reports by Region: Dry Tortugas National Park | Marquesas/Quicksands| Miami-Dade County | Broward County| Palm Beach County| Martin County | Biscayne National Park |

Project Partners

This project was possible with the contribution of numerous partners and funding support from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Management Program and NOAA's Coastal Zone Management Program.


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