Preliminary hard and soft bottom seafloor substrate map derived from an unsupervised classification of gridded backscatter and bathymetry derivatives at Tinian Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Pacific Islands Benthic Habitat Mapping Center (PIBHMC), Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Publication_Date: 20081010
Title:
Preliminary hard and soft bottom seafloor substrate map derived from an unsupervised classification of gridded backscatter and bathymetry derivatives at Tinian Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: digital data
Online_Linkage: <http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/pibhmc/>
Description:
Abstract:
Preliminary hard and soft seafloor substrate map derived from an unsupervised classification of multibeam backscatter and bathymety derivatives at Tinian Islands and Tatsumi Bank, CNMI. The dataset was derived using Reson 8101 backscatter data, bathymetric variance and bathymetric rugosity. The sonar frequency is 240 kHz for the Reson 8101 backscatter data, which were resampled to a 5 m grid cell size prior to the classification. Limited seafloor photographs for groundtruthing are available for Tinian and therefore no supervised classification was performed and we are unable to visually or quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of the unsupervised classification seafloor substrate map in a robust manner. However, in locations such French Frigate Shoals, NWHI and Tutuila, American Samoa, ground truth data are available and the unsupervised classification method is a good predictor of substrate type in similar depth ranges and seafloor environments.
Purpose:
The hard and soft seafloor map is being used to improve sampling techniques for long-term ecosystem monitoring, to guide future ground-truthing operations and to identify coral-rich and species specific environments. This is a preliminary product and the methods used to generate the map are currently being evaluated for their accuracy.
Supplemental_Information:
Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data were collected aboard the R/V AHI (Acoustic Habitat Investigator). See the metadata for that dataset served separately at www.soest.hawaii.edu/pibhmc. The batymetric rugosity dataset is also served separately at the same website. The bathymetric variance grids were generated for use in the classification process and are not served separately. See the process description portion of this document for additional information about how the variance and unsupervised layers were derived.
Time_Period_of_Content:
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Beginning_Date: 20030821
Ending_Date: 20070608
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: 145.57
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 145.71
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 15.11
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 14.89
Keywords:
Theme:
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Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Habitats
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 > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Soft Seafloor Substrate
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Hard Seafloor Substrate
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Theme_Keyword: Geographic Information > Habitats
Theme:
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Theme_Keyword: Hard bottom
Theme_Keyword: Soft bottom
Theme_Keyword: Unsupervised Classification
Theme_Keyword: Acoustic Imagery
Theme_Keyword: Multibeam Backscatter
Theme_Keyword: Backscatter
Theme_Keyword: Bathymetry
Theme_Keyword: Multibeam sonar
Theme_Keyword: Substrate
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: 007
Place:
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Place_Keyword: Tinian Island
Place_Keyword: Tatsumi Bank
Place_Keyword: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Place_Keyword: United States of America
Place:
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COUNTRY/TERRITORY > Northern Mariana Islands > Tinian > Tatsumi Reef (14N145E0011)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Tinian Island > Tatsumi Reef (14N145E0011)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Tinian Island Reefs > Tinian Island (14N145E0005)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > Northern Mariana Islands > Tinian > Tinian Island (14N145E0005)
Place:
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Place_Keyword: CNMI
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Use_Constraints:
These data are not to be used for navigation purposes. Please acknowledge the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) and the Pacific Islands Benthic Habitat Mapping Center (PIBHMC), and the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) and School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawaii as the sources of this information.
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Pacific Islands Benthic Habitat Mapping Center (PIBHMC), Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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City: Honolulu
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Postal_Code: 96818
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 808 725-5360
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Data_Set_Credit: PIBHMC, CRED, PIFSC, NOAA, and JIMAR
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GeoTIFF file created using ENVI 4.3 in a Microsoft Windows environment

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Attribute_Accuracy:
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Data are collected for resource management and research purposes and are tested for internal consistency; however, no effort is made to compare these data to external references or to other published data.
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These data are believed to be logically consistent though no tests were performed
Completeness_Report: Complete
Positional_Accuracy:
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Horizontal positioning system: GPS (SPS) Horizontal position accuracy: 25 meters
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1 m Range resolution of sonar ~1.25 cm Raw sounding resolution: Variable Vertical accuracy of gridded product: 1% of water depth
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Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Processing steps used to generate the backscatter, bathymetry, and bathymetric rugosity grids used in the unsupervised classification process are described in their own metadata that can be found at www.soest.hawaii.edu/pibhmc. Backscatter data were resampled to 5 m grid cell size using the Raster Resample Tool in the ArcMap Version 9.2 Toolbox. Resampling of the backscatter was performed after charted data in the GeoTIFF format for the individual sonar systems were mosaicked using the ArcMap Version 9.2 Toolbox Mosaic to New Raster function. Bathymetric variance was calculated from the 5 m bathymetry in a two-step process using ArcMap Version 9.2. The first step involved calculating the standard deviation of the bathymetry layer using the Neighborhood Statistic tool from the Spatial Analyst pull-down menu in ArcMap Version 9.2. Rectangular neighborhood settings were set to a height and width of 2 grid cells to create a small-scale variance layer. The standard deviation output was then squared using the ArcMap Raster Calculater tool. A large-scale variance layer was also generated using a rectangular neighborhood height and width of 5 grid cells. The fine-scale variance is useful for defining small features that may indicate the presence of sediment ripples or possible coral-rich areas whereas the large-scale variance is useful for defining seafloor ridges, pinnacles, and significant changes in slope. Bathymetric variance proved to be a useful tool in previous efforts to map seafloor habitats by Dartnell and Gardner (2004). Their publication can be downloaded from www.soest.hawaii.edu/pibhmc/pibhmc_documentation.htm. Bathymetric rugosity was calculated using the ArcGIS Benthic Terrain Modeler (D.J. Wright et al., 2005) accessible at download at <http://www.csc.noaa.gov/products/btm>. The layers were then opened as ESRI GRIDS in the image processing software package ENVI (Environment for Visualizing Images) Version 4.3. Two multi-band images were then created with the backscatter, small- and large-scale variance, and rugosity. A mask was also created in ENVI for each backscatter dataset. Image classification was performed separately on the two multi-band images using the K-Means unsupervised classification method, which calculates initial class means evenly distributed in the data space and then iteratively clusters the pixels into the nearest class using a minimum distance technique. More information about K-Means algorithm can be found in the ENVI documentation available at www.ittvis.com/envi/. The number of classes was set to two and all other options were set to default. Class color mapping was performed on the resulting classified images. The substrate types of hard and soft were assigned based on results from supervised classification of the backscatter data (also performed in ENVI) using hard and soft bottom classes from classified seafloor photographs in other study sites including French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Tutuila, American Samoa. Those datasets can be found at the PIBHMC website. In addition to the processing steps mentioned above, the high-intensity, track parallel, nadir signal was removed from the Reson 8101 backscatter after classification because it causes false classification results. The nadir signal was removed by creating a 15 m buffer in ArcGIS around the R/V AHI trackline navigation data sampled every second. The buffer was used to mask the Reson 8101 backscatter data and results in the trackline parallel unclassified data gaps. Methods to most accurately interpolate across the gaps are currently under investigation. Finally, the outer edge of the hard and soft map was clipped using the 125 m contour because of obvious artifacts due to the steep slope surrounding the Tinian bank.
Process_Date: 20080929

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