NOAA ESRI Grid - 10m Multibeam Unified Bathymetric Slope, Puerto Rico and USVI - Projects NF-04-06, NF-05-05, NF-06-03, NF-07-06, and NF-08-04, UTM 19N NAD83

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
NOAA ESRI Grid - 10m Multibeam Unified Bathymetric Slope, Puerto Rico and USVI - Projects NF-04-06, NF-05-05, NF-06-03, NF-07-06, and NF-08-04, UTM 19N NAD83
Abstract:
This dataset contains a unified ESRI Grid with 10 meter cell size representing the slope (in degrees) of selected portions of seafloor around La Parguera, Abrir La Sierra Bank, Tourmaline Bank, Bajo De Cico, and Isla De Mona in Puerto Rico and St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John in the US Virgin Islands, derived from data collected from 2004 to 2008.

NOAA's NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Team, in collaboration with NOAA vessel Nancy Foster and territory, federal, and private sector partners, acquired multibeam bathymetry data in the US Virgin Islands from 2/18/04 to 3/5/04 and 2/1/05 to 2/12/05, including La Parguera, P.R. from 3/21/06 to 4/2/06. Data was acquired with a pole-mounted Reson 8101 ER multibeam echosounder (240 kHz) in 2004 and 2005, and with a hull-mounted Kongsberg Simrad EM 1002 multibeam echosounder (95 kHz) in 2006.

In Abrir La Sierra, Bajo de Cico, Tourmaline Bank, and Isla de Mona, P.R., the team, also in collaboration with NOAA vessel Nancy Foster and territory, federal, and private sector partners, acquired data from 4/14/07 to 4/24/07 and 2/25/08 to 3/8/08. Data with acquired with a hull-mounted Kongsberg Simrad EM 1002 (95 kHz) multibeam echosounder, as well as with a Reson 8124 (200 kHz) multibeam echosounder for shallow areas of Abrir La Sierra Bank.

Data was processed by a NOAA contractor using CARIS HIPS software. Data has all correctors applied (attitude, sound velocity) and has been reduced to mean lower low water (MLLW) using final approved tides and zoning from NOAA COOPS. Data is in UTM zone 19 north, datum NAD83. The processed CARIS data was used to generate a CARIS BASE surface based on swath angle. For USVI and La Parguera, P.R. (2004-2006), an ASCII XYZ file was exported from the BASE surface and opened in ESRI ArcMap 9.x as an XY event. Then the ArcToolbox conversion tool 'Feature to Raster' was used to generate the final ESRI Grid. For Abrir La Sierra Bank, Bajo de Cico, Isla de Mona, and Tourmaine Bank (2007 and 2008), an ASCII XYZ file was exported from the BASE surface and opened in ESRI ArcMap 9.x using the XYZ to raster tool.

The project was conducted to meet IHO Order 1 and 2 accuracy standards, dependant on the project area and depth. All users should individually evaluate the suitability of this data according to their own needs and standards.

Supplemental_Information:
Depth datum is mean lower low water, units are meters and encoding method is explicit depth coordinate included with horizontal coordinates. Vertical Coordinate System information may be found in the Data Acquisition and Processing Report (DAPR) for:

Cruise number NF-08-04 at <http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/products/biogeography/usvi_nps/pdf/NF-08-04_DAPR.pdf>

Cruise number NF-07-06 at <http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/products/biogeography/usvi_nps/pdf/NF-07-06_DAPR.pdf>

Cruise number NF-06-03 <http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/products/biogeography/usvi_nps/pdf/NF-06-03%20DAPR.pdf>

Cruise number NF-05-05 <http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/products/biogeography/usvi_nps/pdf/NF-05-05_DAPR.pdf>

Cruise number NF-04-06 <http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/products/biogeography/usvi_nps/pdf/NF-04-06_DAPR.pdf>

  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program, 200809, NOAA ESRI Grid - 10m Multibeam Unified Bathymetric Slope, Puerto Rico and USVI - Projects NF-04-06, NF-05-05, NF-06-03, NF-07-06, and NF-08-04, UTM 19N NAD83: NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Silver Spring, MD.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -67.977910
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.415681
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.366953
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17.681162

  3. What does it look like?

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

    Beginning_Date: 18-Feb-2004
    Ending_Date: 08-Mar-2008
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

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

      This is a Raster data set. It contains the following raster data types:

      • Dimensions 7030 x 37649 x 1, type Grid Cell

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

      Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: Universal Transverse Mercator
      Universal_Transverse_Mercator:
      UTM_Zone_Number: 19
      Transverse_Mercator:
      Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.999600
      Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -69.000000
      Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.000000
      False_Easting: 500000.000000
      False_Northing: 0.000000

      Planar coordinates are encoded using Row and Column
      Abscissae (x-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 10.000000
      Ordinates (y-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 10.000000
      Planar coordinates are specified in meters

      The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is Geodetic Reference System 80.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222.

  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?

    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program

    NOAA - NMAO personnel and R/V NANCY FOSTER

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

    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program
    Project Manager - US Caribbean Seafloor Characterization
    1305 East West Highway, SSMC4
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    USA

    (301) 713-3028 (voice)
    (301) 713-4384 (FAX)

    Contact_Instructions:
    Contact info is for CCMA general reception. Please ask for current Biogeography project manager for US Caribbean Seafloor Characterization.


Why was the data set created?

This multibeam data was collected as IOCM (Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping) project projects NF-04-06, NF-05-05, NF-06-03, NF-07-06, and NF-08-04 during the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth years of an ongoing NOAA scientific research mission in the US Caribbean to characterize nearshore to deep water coral reef habitats at depths down to 1,000 meters. The mission's purpose is to better understand the resources within the surveyed reef habitats, and ultimately develop species utilization models linking physical habitats with biological information. The multibeam backscatter, multibeam bathymetry, and ground truth video footage collected during these missions will be used internally to characterize sea floor topography and to create benthic habitat maps, helping NOAA meet its mapping commitment to the US Coral Reef Task Force. The resulting publicly-distributed data is also a contribution to the greater scientific community interested in the US Caribbean seafloor.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

    Raw Multibeam Data NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 (source 1 of 4)
    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program, Unpublished Material, Raw Multibeam Data NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-07-06/NF-08-04.

    Type_of_Source_Media: external hard drive
    Source_Contribution: Original raw full resolution dataset.

    NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06 HDCS Processed Multibeam Data (source 2 of 4)
    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program, Unpublished Material, NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 HDCS Processed Multibeam Data.

    Type_of_Source_Media: external hard drive
    Source_Contribution:
    Processed, cleaned, and corrected full resolution dataset. Sourced from raw ALL, XTF, and GSF data.

    NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 BASE Surface (source 3 of 4)
    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program, Unpublished Material, NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 CARIS BASE Surface.

    Type_of_Source_Media: external hard drive
    Source_Contribution:
    Downsampled CARIS BASE (Bathymetry Associated with Statistical Error) grid with best depth layer. Sourced from processed HDCS data.

    NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 ASCII XYZ Multibeam Data (source 4 of 4)
    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program, 200809, NOAA XYZ ASCII Text File of 10m Multibeam Bathymetry of Puerto Rico - US Virgin Islands, Projects NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04, (2004-2008).

    Online Links:

    Type_of_Source_Media: external hard drive
    Source_Contribution:
    Downsampled ASCII text file containing XYZ values. XYZ = northing, easting, and depth in meters. Sourced from CARIS BASE surface.

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

    Date: 2008 (process 1 of 7)
    For this project, the Chief Scientist was NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA's Tim Battista and the Lead Hydrographer for 2004-2006 was independent contractor Jay Lazar. For 2007 and 2008 the Lead Hydrographer was independent contractor Mike L. Stecher. Data was collected aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster from 2/18/04 to 3/5/04 and 2/1/05 to 2/12/05 and 3/21/06 to 4/2/06 and 4/14/2007 to 4/24/2007 and 2/25/08 to 3/8/08.

    Multibeam data for 2004 and 2005 were acquired in GSF format with a pole-mounted Reson 8101 ER multibeam echosounder (240 kHz). Multibeam data for 2006 were acquired in .all format with a hull-mounted Kongsberg Simrad 1002 ER multibeam echosounder (95 kHz). Backscatter snippet collection was enabled. Line spacing for acquisition was three times the water depth, and data was retained out to 75 degrees from nadir in 2004 and 2005 and out to 60 degrees from nadir in 2006, depending on project area. Heave, roll, pitch and heading correctors were collected using an Applanix POS/MV Model 320 inertial measurement unit (IMU) and associated Trimble GPS antennas. Sound velocity profiles were acquired with a Seabird Electronics SeaCat SBE19P CTD profiler and processed using Seabird Seaterm software, then applied directly to the raw data. Positioning was obtained using Northstar 941X GPS receivers with differential correctors from U.S. Coast Guard CORS beacon Isabel, Puerto Rico. Data was reduced to Mean Lower-Low Water (MLLW) using final approved tides from NOAA COOPS, based on National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON).

    Multibeam data for 2007 were acquired in .all format with a hull-mounted Kongsberg Simrad 1002 ER multibeam echosounder (95 kHz) for depths greater than 75 meters and in .xtf format with a Reson 8124 multibeam echosounder (200 kHz) for depths less than 75 meters. Backscatter snippet collection was enabled. Line spacing for acquisition was 3.5 times the water depth, and data was retained out to 55 degrees from nadir, for the Simrad, and 60 degrees from nadir, for the Reson, depending on project area.

    Multibeam data for 2008 were acquired in .all format with a hull-mounted Kongsberg Simrad 1002 ER multibeam echosounder (95 kHz). Backscatter snippet collection was enabled. Line spacing for acquisition was three times the water depth, and data was retained out to 55 degrees from nadir for areas deeper than 55 meters and 60 degrees from nadir for areas shallower than 55 meters.

    Heave, roll, pitch and heading correctors were collected using an Applanix POS/MV Model 320 V4 inertial measurement unit (IMU) and associated Trimble GPS antennas. Sound velocity profiles were acquired with a Seabird Electronics SBE-911 and SBE-19 CTD profiler and processed using NOAA's Velocwin V8.85 software and converted to Simrad and CARIS format, then applied directly to the raw Simrad data. The Reson was also equipped with a real time sound velocity probe (Odom DigiBar Pro) at the sonar head and interfaced with the topside unit. Positioning was obtained using Trimble Zephyr GPS receivers with differential correctors from U.S. Coast Guard CORS beacon Isabel, Puerto Rico. Data was reduced to Mean Lower-Low Water (MLLW) using final approved tides from NOAA COOPS, based on National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON).

    Process Date Range: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

    Data sources used in this process:

    • NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06 HDCS Multibeam Data

    Date: 2008 (process 2 of 7)
    Raw GSF, XTF, and Simrad data (.all format) were converted and processed using CARIS HIPS software, resulting in a CARIS HDCS format dataset with all correctors applied. Attitude and SWMB data was cleaned of fliers, and SWMB data was reviewed in subset mode by a NOAA contractor.

    Process Date Range: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

    Data sources used in this process:

    • NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 HDCS Multibeam Data

    Date: 2008 (process 3 of 7)
    After being submitted to CCMA by the contractor, CARIS HIPS was used to generate a CARIS BASE surface (similar to a DTM), based on weighted swath angle, from the processed HDCS data. Then CARIS export tool "BASE Surface to ASCII" was used to export a comma delimited ASCII XYZ file, with Easting, Northing, and Depth values, using ground position units (NAD83 UTM zone 20N).

    Process Date Range: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

    Data sources used in this process:

    • NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 BASE Surface

    Date: 2008 (process 4 of 7)
    The ASCII XYZ file was opened in ArcMap 9.x and the 'Display XY Data' option was used to add the XY data as an event with spatial reference NAD83 UTM zone 20N. Finally, the ArcToolbox 9.x conversion tool "Feature to Raster" was then used to convert the XY event into an ESRI Grid, based on the depth field Z. These steps were accomplished using an inhouse Arc script which combined these functions and allowed bulk processing.

    Process Date Range: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

    Data sources used in this process:

    • NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 ASCII XYZ Multibeam Data

    Date: 2008 (process 5 of 7)
    2008 data for Isla De Mona and Tourmaline Bank, P.R. was merged with previous 2004-2007 data for Abrir La Sierra, Bajo de Cico, Isla De Mona, and La Parguera, P.R., and St. John, St. Croix, St. Thomas, USVI (reprojected to UTM zone 19 N) using the MERGE command in the Spatial Analyst raster calculator.

    Process Date Range: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

    Data sources used in this process:

    • NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 ASCII XYZ Multibeam Data

    Date: 2008 (process 6 of 7)
    An ESRI grid of source bathymetry was input into the Slope calculator tool, a component of the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension. The output grid of calculated slope, with units in degrees, was created with vertical exaggeration z=1 and with the same grid resolution as the source bathymetry grid.

    Data sources used in this process:

    • NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04 unified bathymetric ESRI GRID

    Date: 2008 (process 7 of 7)
    metadata added

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


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

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

    See Data Acquisition and Processing Report (DAPR) for NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04.

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

    See Data Acquisition and Processing Report (DAPR) for NF-04-06/NF-05-05/NF-06-03/NF-07-06/NF-08-04.

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    This ESRI Grid is sourced from a gridded dataset. The original full-resolution multibeam data was used to create a downsampled uniform-resolution CARIS BASE (Bathymetry Associated with Statistical Error) surface grid with a best depth component. The downsampled grid nodes from that depth surface were then exported and used to generate the ESRI Grid. Some positional shifts may have occurred between the original data points and the transformed grid.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    While the project was conducted to meet IHO Order 1 and 2 accuracy standards, dependant on project area and depth, all users should independently analyze the dataset according to their own needs and standards to determine data usability.


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

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

Access_Constraints: Please cite any use of this data.
Use_Constraints:
Note: NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION.

These data were prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, make any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed in this report, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. Any views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof. Although all data have been used by NOAA, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA as to the accuracy of the data and/or related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by NOAA in the use of these data or related materials.

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

    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program
    Project Manager - US Caribbean Seafloor Characterization
    1305 East West Highway, SSMC4
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    USA

    (301) 713-3028 (voice)
    (301) 713-4384 (FAX)

    Contact_Instructions:
    Contact info is for CCMA general reception. Please ask for current Biogeography project manager for US Caribbean Seafloor Characterization.
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Downloadable Data

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    These data were prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, make any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed in this report, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. Any views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof. Although all data have been used by NOAA, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA as to the accuracy of the data and/or related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by NOAA in the use of these data or related materials.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 18-Sep-2014
Metadata author:
NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography
Attn: Project Manager
1305 East West Highway, SSMC4
Silver Spring, MD 20910
USA

(301) 713-3028 (voice)

Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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