Vieques, Puerto Rico Benthic Habitat Map - Ground Validation Sites

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Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Laurie Bauer, NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch
Publication_Date: 2010
Title:
Vieques, Puerto Rico Benthic Habitat Map - Ground Validation Sites
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 use citation for the written document "Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico" when using these data.
Online_Linkage: <http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/vieques/>
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 Program
Publication_Date: 2010
Title: Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: document
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Silver Spring, MD
Publisher: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Other_Citation_Details:
Bauer, L.J., M.S. Kendall, A.G. Zitello, and T. Battista. 2010. Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico. pp. 9-46. In: Bauer and Kendall (eds.), An Ecological Characterization of the Marine Resources of Vieques, Puerto Rico Part II: Field Studies of Habitats, Nutrients, Contaminants, Fish, and Benthic Communities. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 110. Silver Spring, MD. 174 pp.
Description:
Abstract:
Benthic habitat maps of the nearshore marine environment of Vieques, Puerto Rico were created by visual interpretation of remotely sensed imagery. The objective of this effort, conducted by NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment - Biogeography Branch in partnership with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration, was to provide spatially-explicit information on the habitat types, biological cover and live coral cover of Vieques' coral reef ecosystem. The data described herein represent ground validation (GV) sites explored by NOAA field scientists to further refine habitat map classification.
Purpose:
The purpose of this survey data was to investigate areas of imagery where uncertainties existed on the photo interpreter's behalf during the decision making process of benthic habitat classification in Vieques. This information was incorporated into a fine-scale assessment of the status, abundance, and distribution of marine habitats of Vieques. The NOAA effort provides resource managers with increased technical capacity for ocean exploration, management, and stewardship. Direct implications to management measures include evaluation of management efficacy, a spatial framework for improved monitoring sampling design, improved assessment of human-use impacts, and marine spatial planning to support alternative marine protected area boundary alternatives.
Supplemental_Information:
The creation of high-quality benthic habitat maps required extensive field work to enhance accuracies of habitat attribution and, to a lesser degree, habitat delineation. Data were collected on 137 ground validation sites over a two-week field mission from October 7-13, 2008 aboard a small research vessel.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 20081007
Ending_Date: 20081013
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.627695
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.338752
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.196053
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.067873
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: coral reef
Theme_Keyword: benthic habitats
Theme_Keyword: reef
Theme_Keyword: submerged aquatic vegetation
Theme_Keyword: unconsolidated sediments
Theme_Keyword: zone
Theme_Keyword: geomorphological structure
Theme_Keyword: biological cover
Theme_Keyword: ground validation
Theme_Keyword: point
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: 007
Theme_Keyword: biota
Theme_Keyword: 002
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: Geographic Information > Habitats
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Benthic Habitat
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Mapping > Habitat Mapping
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Habitats
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Coral Cover
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: Puerto Rico
Place_Keyword: Vieques
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Place Thesaurus
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Vieques Island > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Vieques > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Region
Place_Keyword: PR
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints: Not for navigation.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Laurie J. Bauer
Contact_Organization:
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
Contact_Position: Marine Ecologist/Primary Map Creator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 301-713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-713-4384
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: laurie.bauer@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: 0800 - 1700, Monday to Friday, EST
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.0.1770

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
The points in this thematic data layer were acquired by GPS data using a Trimble GeoXT receiver with a customized data dictionary designed to reflect the habitat classification scheme described in "Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico" (Bauer et al. 2010). All habitat determinations were made in the field by trained NOAA scientists, recorded in the GPS data logger and seamlessly transferred to ArcGIS shapefiles using Trimble Pathfinder Office software. Attributes are all expected to be correct.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Data points with accompanying attribute information were collected with mapping-grade GPS receivers. The data were post processed for differential correction to the Continually Operating Reference System (CORS) station at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (VITH). Site information was recorded in the field both in a data dictionary within the GPS receiver and on waterproof field sheets. A comparison between soft and hard copy data records were completed to ensure attribute collection consistency.

Furthermore, underwater video was recorded at each site to maintain a record of habitat condition. This video was reviewed by NOAA staff in the office to ensure correct habitat attribution was made in the field.

All errors were identified through these quality assurance techniques and corrected. This file is believed to be logically consistent.

Completeness_Report:
137 field positions were occupied and habitat characterizations were conducted for ground validation during this work. These data were included in the mapping dataset as a GIS layer and the draft habitat map was edited based on this ground condition. All areas where uncertainty existed on the part of the photo interpreter during habitat delineation were investigated in the field. All data were collected and integrated into the mapped products as planned.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
The true positional accuracy of individual epics was determined to be within 1 m for 96% of the logged points. For each survey site, individual epics were averaged to generate a mean GPS point for each location.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: NOAA
Publication_Date: 2008
Title: GPS Data
Type_of_Source_Media: GPS data
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2008
Source_Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: Trimble SSF files
Source_Contribution:
GPS data, which were originally recorded as code-phase signals in Trimble SSF format, were differentially post-processed to the Continually Operating Reference System (CORS) station at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (VITH).
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
A first draft benthic habitat map was generated by delineating all features that could be identified by visual inspection of the remotely sensed imagery. During the creation of this first draft, the interpreter placed discrete points on the map that were difficult to distinguish and that warranted further field investigation. These sites were labeled as "ground validation" (GV) positions.
Process_Date: 2008
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Laurie J. Bauer
Contact_Organization:
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
Contact_Position: Marine Ecologist/Primary Map Creator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 301-713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-713-4384
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: laurie.bauer@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: 0800 - 1700, Monday to Friday, EST
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
NOAA field scientists explored the ground validation locations with a suite of assessment techniques depending on the conditions at each site. A combination of underwater video (primary method), free diving, snorkeling and surface observations were used to survey the ecological characteristics at each location. At the start of every morning, the boat captain selected a general region to begin the day's work. Navigating to field locations was accomplished using a Garmin GPS 76 device with the uploaded GV site coordinates. The boat captain maneuvered the vessel to within 5 m of the target location and made every effort to maintain that location without jeopardizing crew and equipment safety. Once on site, NOAA scientists would simultaneously deploy a SeaViewer Sea-Drop 950 camera and begin logging a waypoint on a Trimble GeoXT GPS receiver.While the video camera was capturing bottom imagery, an observer viewed the video real-time on a Panasonic Toughbook aboard the survey vessel. They categorized each site according to the levels of the habitat classification scheme: major and detailed geomorphological structure, major biological cover, percent major biological cover and percent coral cover. Data was entered into a custom data dictionary generated in Trimble Pathfinder Office software and loaded onto the Trimble data logger.
Process_Date: 2008
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Laurie J. Bauer
Contact_Organization:
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
Contact_Position: Marine Ecologist/Primary Map Creator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 301-713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-713-4384
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: laurie.bauer@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: 0800 - 1700, Monday to Friday, EST
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Trimble Pathfinder Office software was used to post process and differentially correct the raw GPS data to the Continually Operating Reference System (CORS) station at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (VITH).
Process_Date: 2008
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Tim Battista
Contact_Organization: NOAA National Ocean Service
Contact_Position: Researcher
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 1305 East West Highway
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 713-3028 x171
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (301) 713-4388
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Tim.Battista@noaa.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Precisely positioned GPS positions and its associated classification data were viewed in a GIS to enhance the accuracy of the draft benthic habitat map. Polygon boundaries and habitat classifications were revised where field data necessitated changes.
Process_Date: Unknown
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Laurie J. Bauer
Contact_Organization:
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
Contact_Position: Marine Ecologist/Primary Map Creator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 301-713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-713-4384
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: laurie.bauer@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: 0800 - 1700, Monday to Friday, EST

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: 137

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: 0.000001
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000001
Planar_Distance_Units: meters
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: WGS_1984
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257224

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: Vieques Ground Validation Sites
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: Site_ID
Attribute_Definition: Unique identifier for each ground validation site
Attribute_Definition_Source: None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Codeset_Domain:
Codeset_Name: Arbitrarily defined unique code
Codeset_Source: Specific to this field mission
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Date_
Attribute_Definition: Date of site visit and data collection
Attribute_Definition_Source: None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum: 2008 October 7
Range_Domain_Maximum: 2008 October 13
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Time
Attribute_Definition: Time of site visit and data collection
Attribute_Definition_Source: None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum: 06:00:00am
Range_Domain_Maximum: 06:00:00pm
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Type
Attribute_Definition: Purpose of data collection
Attribute_Definition_Source: None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: GV
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Ground Validation
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: None
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Assessment
Attribute_Definition: Method used to obtain habitat characterization information
Attribute_Definition_Source: None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Drop Camera
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: SeaViewer Sea-Drop 950 underwater camera
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Snorkel
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
NOAA scientist visually characterized habitat by free diving or surface swimming with a mask and snorkel
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: None
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Other
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Any other assessment technique, including inspection from the vessel deck with a "look bucket" or binoculars
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: None
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Maj_Struct
Attribute_Definition: Major Geomorphological Structure
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Refer to "Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico" (Bauer et al. 2010)
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Unknown
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Det_Struct
Attribute_Definition: Detailed Geomorphological Structure
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Refer to "Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico" (Bauer et al. 2010)
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Unknown
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Maj_Cover
Attribute_Definition: Major Biological Cover
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Refer to "Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico" (Bauer et al. 2010)
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Unknown
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: P_Maj_Cov
Attribute_Definition: Percent Patchiness of Major Biological Cover
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Refer to "Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico" (Bauer et al. 2010)
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Unknown
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: P_Coral_Cv
Attribute_Definition: Percent Cover of Live Coral
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Refer to "Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico" (Bauer et al. 2010)
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Unknown
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
Specific details of the attributes and values therein can be found in "Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico" (Bauer et al. 2010)
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
Bauer, L.J., M.S. Kendall, A.G. Zitello, and T. Battista. 2010. Benthic Habitats of Vieques, Puerto Rico. pp. 9-46. In: Bauer and Kendall (eds.), An Ecological Characterization of the Marine Resources of Vieques, Puerto Rico Part II: Field Studies of Habitats, Nutrients, Contaminants, Fish, and Benthic Communities. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 110. Silver Spring, MD. 174 pp.

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
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 Program
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 301-713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-713-4384
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: laurie.bauer@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: 0800 - 1700, Monday to Friday, EST
Resource_Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is publishing this data on their website. NCCOS Biogeography Branch does not guarantee the accuracy of the geographic features or attributes. Please see the written report and metadata records for each data set for complete information on the source, limitations, and proper use.
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Format_Name: ESRI Shapefile
Transfer_Size: 0.012
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/vieques/data.aspx>
Fees: None
Custom_Order_Process: Contact NOAA for distribution options (see Distributor).

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20121220
Metadata_Review_Date: 20100622
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Laurie J. Bauer
Contact_Organization:
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
Contact_Position: Marine Ecologist/Primary Map Creator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 1305 East West Highway
City: Silver Spring
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 301-713-3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-713-4384
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: laurie.bauer@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: 0800 - 1700, Monday to Friday, EST
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CoRIS:
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CoRIS_Children: None
CoRIS_Beginning_Date: 20081007
CoRIS_Ending_Date: 20081013
CoRIS_Metadata_Link:
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CoRIS_Tracking_ID: 4931

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