Learn how to use the Portal's tools

This page offers a list of instructional materials and resources for users interested in learning more about our tools and data. Users can also visit our Data Catalog for explanations about any specific map layer.

The Portal is continually under development with new data and features to meet our users’ needs. We encourage users to visit the Portal News blog regularly for details about the latest site updates and see our Calendar page for upcoming sessions of our How Tuesday instructional webinar series.

General: The Portal & its Tools

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Select Data Guides by Topic (alphabetical order)

Acidification monitoring data overview

Artificial Reefs data overview

Department of Defense/Security data overview

Fishing data

Human Use Data Synthesis (HUDS) project & maps overview – May 2016 webinar

Marine Life data:


Offshore wind


Regional Ocean Assessment (ROA) overview – March 2016 webinar

Sand and sediment resources


Submarine cables overview

Communities at sea and canyons