ENOW Explorer

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The effective management of coastal resources requires an understanding of the ocean and Great Lakes economy. This tool allows users to interact with Economics: National Ocean Watch data, which describe six economic sectors that depend on the oceans and Great Lakes:

  • living resources
  • marine construction
  • marine transportation
  • offshore mineral resources
  • ship and boat building
  • tourism and recreation

Users can discover which sectors are the largest in various parts of the county, which sectors are growing and declining, and which account for the most jobs, wages, and gross domestic product. They can view up to four counties, states, or regions to compare trends or the makeup of their ocean and Great Lakes economies. The ENOW Explorer’s interface is designed to allow users who are familiar with economic data to interact with and view data and trends. The tool provides the highest level of interaction with ENOW data short of downloading the full data set.


  • Creates charts representing how much ocean resources contribute to the coastal economy
  • Displays changes in the contributions of ocean sectors to the coastal economy over time
  • Compares coastal economies of similar geographies

Story Maps

A Tour of Ocean and Great Lakes Economies
ENOW data are used to highlight the ocean and Great Lakes economy and showcase some quick facts about each sector.

Ocean Sectors: Tourism and Recreation, Offshore Minerals
ENOW data are used to demonstrate who employs the most people and who generates the largest economic output in the ocean and Great Lakes economy.

Ocean Jobs by the Number
ENOW data are used to highlight areas that have a high number or proportion of jobs that depend on the resources of the oceans and Great Lakes.