NOAA Point Shapefile - MiniBat transects, US Virgin Islands - St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix - Project NF-04-06-VI - (2004), UTM 20N NAD83

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch
Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
NOAA Point Shapefile - MiniBat transects, US Virgin Islands - St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix - Project NF-04-06-VI - (2004), UTM 20N NAD83
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Silver Spring, MD
Publisher:
NOAA's Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
Other_Citation_Details:
Please cite NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch when using this dataset.
Online_Linkage: <http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/usvi_nps.aspx>
Larger_Work_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch
Publication_Date: 2004
Title: Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean.
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: document
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Silver Spring, MD
Publisher:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch
Description:
Abstract:
This shapefile denotes the location of underwater photos and/or video that were collected by NOAA scientists using a MiniBat towed underwater system. Photos and/or video were collected between 02/22/2004 and 03/01/2004 along 1 transect north of St. Croix and along 6 transects south of St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These photos and videos will be manually classified into different habitat classes, and integrated with the abiotic data collected by the acoustic sonar (sound navigation and ranging) systems to develop a benthic habitat map for the U.S. Caribbean. Habitat maps describe the location of habitat features (in relation to the shoreline), their physical composition and the types of organisms that colonize them. Fundamentally, habitat maps provide critical information about the extent, health and composition of marine resources, which is vital for communicating information about the distribution and abundance of species to resource managers, sc ientists and the public. Habitat maps also support an increasing number of landscape ecology studies, as well as the process of marine spatial planning, including the design and evaluation of marine protected areas (MPAs).
Purpose:
The objective of this ground validation (GV) effort, conducted by NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Branch, in collaboration with multiple federal, state, territory, academic and private sector partners, was to acquire spatially-explicit information about the geomorphological structure, biological cover and live coral cover of the seafloor in the U.S. Caribbean. Extensive field work is needed to create high-quality benthic habitat maps because it enhances the accuracy of habitat attribution and (to a lesser degree) habitat delineation. Consequently, ground validation locations were targeted by the cartographer to satisfy the following objectives: (1) Explore features in the imagery with unknown or confusing acoustic signatures; (2) Confirm that the habitat type correlated with a particular acoustic signature remained consistent throughout the entire study area. This information will be incorporated into a fine-scale assessment of the statu s, abundance, and distribution of marine habitats in the U.S. Caribbean.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 20040222
Ending_Date: 20040301
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.832
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.562
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.292
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17.796
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: coral reef
Theme_Keyword: benthic habitats
Theme_Keyword: reef
Theme_Keyword: zone
Theme_Keyword: geomorphological structure
Theme_Keyword: biological cover
Theme_Keyword: ground validation
Theme_Keyword: ground truthing
Theme_Keyword: transect
Theme_Keyword: underwater video
Theme_Keyword: underwater photography
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: imageryBaseMapsEarthCover
Theme_Keyword: 010
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: Geographic Information > Habitats
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Mapping > Habitat Mapping
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: U.S. Caribbean
Place_Keyword: U.S. Virgin Islands
Place_Keyword: St. John
Place_Keyword: St. Thomas
Place_Keyword: St. Croix
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Place Thesaurus
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. Croix (17N064W0003)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > St. Croix (17N064W0003)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Leeward Islands > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. John (18N064W0011)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. John > St. John (18N064W0011)
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Region
Place_Keyword: USVI
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.

Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch
Contact_Position:
Project Manager - Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway, N-SCI-1, SSMC 4, 9th Floor
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (301) 713-4384
Contact_Instructions:
Contact info is for CCMA general reception. Please ask for current project manager of Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean project
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.1.3000

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
The records in this data layer were automatically acquired by the GPS units and are expected to be correct.
Logical_Consistency_Report: None.
Completeness_Report:
This shapefile includes all the locations visited during this mission.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: None.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch
Publication_Date: Unpublished material
Title: Raw GPS Files
Type_of_Source_Media: GPS and USBL (Ultrashort baseline) data
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2004
Source_Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: None.
Source_Contribution: GPS and USBL (Ultrashort baseline) data
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
NOAA scientists explored these ground validation locations in situ using a MiniBat towed underwater system. The resulting positional, video and photographic information was processed and will be used to classify each distinct habitat polygon to create a map of the seafloor in the U.S. Caribbean.
Process_Date: 2004
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch
Contact_Position:
Project Manager - Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway, N-SCI-1, SSMC 4, 9th Floor
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (301) 713-4384
Contact_Instructions:
Contact info is for CCMA general reception. Please ask for current project manager of Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean.

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: Entity Point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 3144

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Grid_Coordinate_System:
Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: Universal Transverse Mercator
Universal_Transverse_Mercator:
UTM_Zone_Number: 20
Transverse_Mercator:
Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.999600
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -63.000000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.000000
False_Easting: 500000.000000
False_Northing: 0.000000
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: Coordinate Pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.000100
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000100
Planar_Distance_Units: meters
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: MiniBat_2004_Transects_Points
Entity_Type_Definition: Shapefile attribute table
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: None
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Dive
Attribute_Definition: Sequential order of the GV dives.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Alphanumeric value assigned to each dive.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Time_
Attribute_Definition:
The local time (EST) at which the underwater photos/video were collected.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum: 3:49:49 PM
Range_Domain_Maximum: 7:04:14 PM
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CamLat
Attribute_Definition: The latitude of the camera.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Degrees decimal minutes.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CamLong
Attribute_Definition: The longitude of the camera.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Degrees decimal minutes.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CamEast
Attribute_Definition: The easting of the camera.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Easting in meters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CamNorth
Attribute_Definition: The northing of the camera.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Northing in meters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Date_
Attribute_Definition: The date on which the underwater photos/video were collected.
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum: 2/24/2004
Range_Domain_Maximum: 2/29/2004

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch
Contact_Position:
Project Manager - Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway, N-SCI-1, SSMC 4, 9th Floor
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (301) 713-4384
Contact_Instructions:
Contact info is for CCMA general reception. Please ask for current project manager of Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean.
Resource_Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Biogeography Branch does not guarantee the accuracy of the geographic features or attributes.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: ESRI Shapefile
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
<http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/datasets/ccma/biogeo/usvi_nps/2004/ROV/minibat_2004_points.zip>
Fees: None
Custom_Order_Process: Contact NOAA for distribution options (see Distributor).

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20140918
Metadata_Review_Date: 20101208
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch
Contact_Person:
Project Manager - Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean
Contact_Position:
Project Manager - Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway, N-SCI-1, SSMC 4, 9th Floor
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (301) 713-4384
Contact_Instructions:
Contact info is for CCMA general reception. Please ask for current project manager of Seafloor Characterization of the U.S. Caribbean.
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: Local Time

CoRIS:
CoRIS_ID: 20101208070126
CoRIS_Children: None
CoRIS_Beginning_Date: 20040222
CoRIS_Ending_Date: 20040301
CoRIS_Metadata_Link:
<http://www.coris.noaa.gov/metadata/records/html/metadata_2004_minibat_points.html>
CoRIS_Tracking_ID: 6093

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