Acropora Presence/Absence in Surveyed Waters of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands 2001-2006

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Publication_Date: Unpublished Material
Title:
Acropora Presence/Absence in Surveyed Waters of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands 2001-2006
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Description:
Abstract:
On May 9, 2006, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service) listed staghorn and elkhorn corals (Acropora cervicornis and A. palmata) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These two species qualified as ESA threatened species because there was evidence they have undergone substantial declines in abundance (from historic levels) throughout their ranges. NOAA Fisheries Service is now seeking to determine the extant spatial distribution of these two species throughout the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean to aid in the management and regulatory activities related to ESA listing. These data represent the potential locations of presence or absence for elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and staghorn coral (A. cervicornis).
Purpose:
The overarching goal is to provide NOAA Fisheries Service with information on the extant spatial distribution of acroporid corals throughout the Caribbean Sea to aid in management and regulatory activities related to their Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing. The purpose of these data is to visually represent the potential locations of presence or absence of Acropora spp. for GIS analysis and display.
Supplemental_Information:
Data submitted by investigators are converted into a series of flat files in dbf format with indices that show presence and true absence (where possible) of A. cervicornis and A. palmata for each U.S. State or Territory. True absence of an Acropora species means that an active search was made to locate the coral at the given GPS coordinates, but the species were not found there.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 2001
Beginning_Time: unknown
Ending_Date: 2006
Ending_Time: unknown
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: In Work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Irregular
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -67.939850
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.564370
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.382350
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17.757630
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: biota
Theme_Keyword: 002
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: 007
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: Geographic Information > Reef Locations
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Coral Cover
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: Acropora palmata
Theme_Keyword: Acropora cervicornis
Theme_Keyword: Endangered Species
Theme_Keyword: GIS
Theme_Keyword: staghorn coral
Theme_Keyword: elkhorn coral
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: Caribbean
Place_Keyword: Puerto Rico
Place_Keyword: Virgin Islands
Place_Keyword: St. John
Place_Keyword: St. Thomas
Place_Keyword: St. Croix
Place_Keyword: Caribbean Sea
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Place Thesaurus
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
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_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 > Leeward Islands > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
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 > Virgin Islands > St. Croix (17N064W0003)
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Region
Place_Keyword: PR
Place_Keyword: USVI
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
Users be advised that the data identifies potential locations of presence of absence for Acropora spp. and does not definitively identify all locations of Acropora spp. To determine actual presence of Acropora spp., an in-water survey must be conducted.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Jennifer Moore
Contact_Organization: NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service
Contact_Position: Acropora Coordinator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 263 13th Avenue South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33071-5505
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-824-5312
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-824-5309
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Jennifer.Moore@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.1.1850

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report: Not Applicable
Completeness_Report: Complete Pending NMFS PRD Review
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
digital GIS shapefiles were developed using ESRI ArcGIS software to show the distribution of A. cervicornis and A. palmata separately in each location where we have data. Data submitted by investigators are converted into a series of flat files in dbf format with indices that show presence and true absence (where possible) of A. cervicornis and A. palmata for each U.S. State or Territory.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Process_Date: 20080430
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NOAA-NMFS
Contact_Person: Amanda Frick
Contact_Position: GIS Analyst/Contractor
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 263 13th Avenue South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701-5505
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-824-5312
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-824-5309
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Amanda.Frick@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm

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: 6229

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 0.000001
Longitude_Resolution: 0.000001
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal Degrees
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: D_WGS_1984
Ellipsoid_Name: WGS_1984
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257224

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: AcroporaPRVI_presabs
Entity_Type_Definition:
Presence/Absence of Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands waters
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: NOAA/NMFS
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: ID
Attribute_Definition: point identifier
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA/NMFS
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Variable - point identifier
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: YEAR
Attribute_Definition: Year in which the survey was conducted
Attribute_Definition_Source: Varied Sources
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum: 2001
Range_Domain_Maximum: 2006
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LAT
Attribute_Definition: decimal degrees latitude of point location
Attribute_Definition_Source: Varied Sources
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum: 17.75763
Range_Domain_Maximum: 18.38235
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LON
Attribute_Definition: decimal degrees longitude of point location
Attribute_Definition_Source: Varied Sources
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Range_Domain:
Range_Domain_Minimum: -67.93985
Range_Domain_Maximum: -64.56437
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: ACER
Attribute_Definition:
A. cervicornis presence or absence: 1 = presence; 0 = absence or absence unknown
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA/NMFS
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Codeset_Domain:
Codeset_Name: 1 = presence
Codeset_Source: NOAA/NMFS
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Codeset_Domain:
Codeset_Name: 0 = absence or absence unknown
Codeset_Source: NOAA/NMFS
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: APAL
Attribute_Definition:
A. palmata presence or absence: 1 = presence; 0 = absence or absence unknown
Attribute_Definition_Source: NOAA/NMFS
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Codeset_Domain:
Codeset_Name: 1 = presence
Codeset_Source: NOAA/NMFS
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Codeset_Domain:
Codeset_Name: 0 = absence or absence unknown
Codeset_Source: NOAA/NMFS

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Jennifer Moore
Contact_Organization: NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service
Contact_Position: Acropora Coordinator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 263 13th Avenue South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33071-5505
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-824-5312
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-824-5309
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Jennifer.Moore@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Resource_Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
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, 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 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. NOAA makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA can not assume liability for and 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.
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://data.nodc.noaa.gov/coris/data/NOAA/nmfs/sefsc/acropora_2160/Acropora_PA_PRVI.zip>
Fees: None
Custom_Order_Process:
Please contact the Distributor (see above) regarding data access.

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20121231
Metadata_Review_Date: 20090410
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service
Contact_Person: Amanda Frick
Contact_Position: GIS Analyst
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: NOAA Fisheries Service
Address: 263 13th Ave S
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701-5505
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-824-5312
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-824-5309
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Amanda.Frick@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: Local Time
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CoRIS:
CoRIS_ID: 20090410060707
CoRIS_Children: None
CoRIS_Beginning_Date: 20010101
CoRIS_Ending_Date: 20061231
CoRIS_Metadata_Link:
<http://www.coris.noaa.gov/metadata/records/html/nmfs_acropora_prvi_presabs.html>
CoRIS_Tracking_ID: 2681

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