The US Minerals Management Service (MMS) has produced a CD-ROM of geographical data for the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf-wide Information System (GWIS) is a geographic database containing information on environmental resources along the Gulf of Mexico coastal and near shore areas from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Tampa, Florida.
The database was developed jointly by the MMS, GOM States and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The CD contains a consistent overview of marine and coastal data for the study area and was designed for oil-spill contingency planning, oil-spill response, and environmental planning and assessment in the marine and coastal areas.
The GWIS CD includes information on environmental features such as terrestrial and marine wildlife, managed lands, transportation, and socioeconomic features. GIS data is provided in ArcView shapefiles with tabular data in dBase format. The CD-ROM is available from the MMS for a very reasonable $20.00. Buy yours now from www.mms.gov.