Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Atlas: U.S. and British Virgin Islands Maps and Geographic Information Systems Data Digital Data Re-release, 2000 (NODC Accession 0049955)

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Atlas: U.S. and British Virgin Islands Maps and Geographic Information Systems Data Digital Data Re-release, 2000 (NODC Accession 0049955)
Abstract:
This data set comprises an update of the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) data for the Virgin Islands. ESI data characterize estuarine environments and wildlife by their sensitivity to spilled oil. The ESI data include information for three main components: shoreline habitats, sensitive biological resources, and human-use resources.
Supplemental_Information:
This digital data re-release includes shoreline, hydrological, and biological data in formats for GIS systems and as Adobe Acrobat maps with extensive documentation. These data were originally distributed on DVD.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Emergency Response Division, Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA National Ocean Service, 200807, Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Atlas: U.S. and British Virgin Islands Maps and Geographic Information Systems Data Digital Data Re-release, 2000 (NODC Accession 0049955): NOAA Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) U.S. and British Virgin Islands - 2000, NOAA/NOS Office of Response and Restoration, Seattle, Washington.

    Online Links:

    Other_Citation_Details:
    NOAA's ESI series compiles information in standard formats for coastal shoreline sensitivity, biological resources, and human-use resources. Using ESIs in chemical response and planning can reduce environmental consequences. These data are an update of an earlier release of an ESI Atlas for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Data were originally distributed as an atlas on DVD.

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.167
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.065
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.943
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17.467
    Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
    Shorelines, wetlands, and shelf boundary of U.S. and British Virgin Islands

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning_Date: Jul-1998
    Beginning_Time: Unknown
    Ending_Date: Jul-2001
    Ending_Time: Unknown
    Currentness_Reference: publication date

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: atlas

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

    This project was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Hazardous Materials Response Division, Seattle, Washington; United States Environmental Protection Agency; United States Coast Guard; U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources; British Virgin Islands Conservation and Fisheries Department; and United States Department of the Interior.

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    NOAA National Ocean Service Office of Response and Restoration Emergency Response Division
    Attn: Jill Petersen
    IT Specialist
    7600 Sand Point Way, NE
    Seattle, WA 98115-6349
    U.S.A

    206-526-6944 (voice)
    206-526-6329 (FAX)
    jill.petersen@noaa.gov

    Hours_of_Service: 9-5:00 PM, Pacific time
    Contact_Instructions:
    Phone/E-mail/Letter/Fax during regular business hours. More about NOAA Office of Response and Restoration services and products may be found online at <http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/>


Why was the data set created?

The ESI data were collected, mapped, and digitized to provide environmental data for oil spill planning and response. The Clean Water Act with amendments by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 requires response plans for immediate and effective protection of sensitive resources.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

    NOAA National Ocean Service Office of Response and Restoration, 20090122, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration home page: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD.

    Online Links:

    Other_Citation_Details:
    Users can find other ESI atlases for other U.S. regions and additional ORR services and products through this website.


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
DO NOT USE MAPS FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES. Besides the above warning, there are no use constraints on these data. Acknowledgment of the publishers and contributing sources listed in Data_Set_Credit (below) would be appreciated in products derived from these data. NOAA and NODC would appreciate recognition as the resource from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these data.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    National Oceanographic Data Center User Services Division
    Ocean information specialist
    Routing: E/OC
    Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
    U.S.A.

    301-713-3277 (voice)
    301-713-3302 (FAX)
    NODC.Services@noaa.gov

    Hours_of_Service: 8:30 - 4:30 EST
    Contact_Instructions: Phone/E-mail/Letter/FAX
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Downloadable Data

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    NOAA makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NODC cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data, nor as a result of the failure of these data to function on a particular system.

  4. How can I download or order the data?

  5. Is there some other way to get the data?

    Contact NODC User Services via phone/letter/FAX/e-mail: nodc.services@noaa.gov

  6. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?

    Geographic Information System (GIS) software such as Arc-GIS, Arcview, or ability to work with MOSS and .mxd and .prj projects, and/or ability to open and utilize .pdf files.


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 28-Mar-2013
Last Reviewed: 28-Mar-2013
To be reviewed: 28-Mar-2013
Metadata author:
NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center
Attn: Sheri Phillips or Don Collins
oceanographer
SSMC3, 4th Floor
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
U.S.A.

301-713-3280 (voice)
301-713-3302 (FAX)
NODC.Services@noaa.gov

Hours_of_Service: 9-5:00 PM, EST
Contact_Instructions: Phone/E-mail/Letter/Fax
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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