Oriented toward ecosystems and based on hard science, the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) is intended to be the framework for developing a consistent and universally recognized inventory of all habitats of the North American coasts and oceans. This is a review draft of CMECS Version III, which provides better integration with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) wetland and vegetation classification standards. This draft is being reviewed by experts and the revised version will be submitted to the FGDC to be considered for adoption as the coastal and marine habitat classification standard.
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