Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools

MGET is a free collection of ArcGIS tools that facilitate the inclusion of ecological and oceanographic data and analyses in MPA planning processes.




Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET), also known as the GeoEco Python package, is an open source geoprocessing toolbox designed for coastal and marine researchers and GIS analysts who work with spatially-explicit ecological and oceanographic data in scientific or management workflows. MGET includes over 150 tools useful for a variety of tasks, such as converting oceanographic data to ArcGIS formats, identifying fronts in sea surface temperature images, fitting and evaluating statistical models such as GAMs and GLMs by integrating ArcGIS with the R statistics program, analyzing coral reef connectivity by simulating hydrodynamic larval dispersal, and building grids that summarize fishing effort, CPUE and other statistics. Currently under development are tools for identifying rings and eddy cores in sea surface height images, for analyzing connectivity networks, for estimating fishing effort when no effort data are available, for predicting hard bottom habitat from coarse grain bathymetry, and much more.

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For Application Domains

Estuarine, Coastal And Marine Management

Fish And Wildlife Management

Decision Problem Types Targeted

Status Assessment

Domain Knowledge Modeling Area

Estuarine And Marine Ecosystem Modeling

Habitat Suitability

Population Dispersal

Planning And Decision Process Phases/Steps Served

Condition Analysis And Assessment

Domain Data Analysis

Domain Knowledge Process Model Development

Methods And Techniques Implemented

Geovisual Analytics


Statistical Modeling

Systems Functional Components

GIS Analysis Integration

GIS Display Integration

Report Generation

Analysis Extent

All (User Defined Analysis Extent)

Analysis Unit

All (User Defined Unit Of Observation)

Supports Multi Spatial Scale Analysis

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Windows Vista

Windows XP

Software Required


Description Of System Components

MGET may be accessed from ArcGIS as a toolbox in the ArcToolbox window and from programming languages as a set of Python modules and COM components. Although much of MGET is written to be platform independent, the current version is only packaged for installation on Microsoft Windows (XP or later). Many tools also require ArcGIS Desktop 9.1 or later.

Online Download Available

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Developer Assistance Needed For Installation/Configuration

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Development Status

Prototype Being Applied

Last Released

2009-07-31 ^^

Tool Maker

Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL), Duke University

Information Source

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network

Contact Email


Martin Wong

Parent Categories

Software Tools And Models - All

Spatial Decision Support Tools

First Created

2009-10-13T11:37:25.114 ^^

Last Updated

2010-03-18T15:30:42.562 ^^

Model Type

Evaluative Models

Simulation Models

Statistical Models

Software Type

Spatial Decision Support Tools

Decision Process Activity Types Served

Condition Analysis And Assessment

Data Development, Management And Analysis

Domain Knowledge Modeling

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