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Northeast Puerto Rico and Culebra Island Ground Validation Points 2015


Identification_Information:
Citation:
  • Citation_Information:
    • Originator: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Centers For Coastal and Ocean Science, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, Biogeography Branch
    • Publication_Date: 201502
    • Title: Northeast Puerto Rico and Culebra Island Ground Validation Points 2015
    • Edition: 1st
    • Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
    • Online_Linkage: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/projects/detail?key=258
    • 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        • Publication_Date: Unpublished material
        • Publication_Time: Unknown
        • Title: Northeast Ecological Reserve BIOmapper
        • Edition: 1st
        • Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Online Data Viewer
        • Other_Citation_Details: contact Ken.Buja@noaa.gov for more information on BIOmapper
        • Online_Linkage: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/projects/detail?key=258
Description:
  • Abstract:
    • This shapefile denotes the location of underwater photos and videos taken in shallow water (0-35m) benthic habitats surrounding Northeast Puerto Rico and Culebra Island. The area includes the nearshore waters of Fajardo and Luqillo to the Former Roosevelt Roads Navy Base, the Vieques Sound, La Cordillera Reserve, the Luis Pena Reserve, and the waters around Culebra Island. The GV data contains GPS-positioned underwater photo/videos of selected benthic habitats that were used to enhance thematic maps created by the Biogeography Team. The observations from the videos are used to classify seafloor features and develop a benthic habitat map. The GV data was collected in July 8 - 24, 2013 and October 22- November 7, 2013. The field work was conducted by NOAA together with local DRNA and NOAA contractors.
  • Purpose:
    • The primary purpose of this dataset was to provide ground validation to the benthic habitat map for the Northeast Reserve, Puerto Rico (NEPR). Habitat maps provide a spatially explicit representation of benthic structure and biological cover. The spatial products developed for this project will: (1) inform local managers as to the current distribution of resources, (2) provide a point of comparison for past and future mapping efforts, (3) help locate sensitive marine communities, and (4) guide monitoring efforts and prioritize management actions.
Time_Period_of_Content:
  • Time_Period_Information:
    • Multiple_Dates/Times:
      • Single_Date/Time:
        • Calendar_Date: 201307
      • Single_Date/Time:
        • Calendar_Date: 201310
  • Currentness_Reference:
    ground condition
Status:
  • Progress: Complete
  • Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
  • Bounding_Coordinates:
    • West_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.759998
    • East_Bounding_Coordinate: -65.168596
    • North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.446613
    • South_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.196796
Keywords:
  • Theme:
    • Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: NCEI Geoportal Filter
    • Theme_Keyword: CoRIS_Metadata
  • Theme:
    • Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
    • Theme_Keyword: Ground Validation
    • Theme_Keyword: coastal ocean science
    • Theme_Keyword: Underwater Video
    • Theme_Keyword: Northeast Ecological Reserve
    • Theme_Keyword: Benthic Habitat
    • Theme_Keyword: Coral Reef
    • Theme_Keyword: Seagrass
    • Theme_Keyword: Acropora palmata
    • Theme_Keyword: Acropora cervicornis
    • Theme_Keyword: Bathymetry
    • Theme_Keyword: Snorkel
    • Theme_Keyword: GoPro
    • Theme_Keyword: Seaviewer
    • Theme_Keyword: Trimble
  • Theme:
    • Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CRCP Project
    • Theme_Keyword: Mapping Shallow Benthic Habitats of the North East Reserves MPA, Puerto Rico
    • Theme_Keyword: 793
  • Theme:
    • Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
    • Theme_Keyword: oceans
    • Theme_Keyword: environment
  • Theme:
    • Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
    • Theme_Keyword: Geographic Information > Habitats
  • Theme:
    • Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
    • Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs
    • Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat > Description
  • Place:
    • Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
    • Place_Keyword: Northeast Ecological Reserve
    • Place_Keyword: Fajardo
    • Place_Keyword: Cabeza de San Juan
    • Place_Keyword: Culebra
    • Place_Keyword: La Cordillera
    • Place_Keyword: Vieques Sound
    • Place_Keyword: U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone
    • Place_Keyword: Caribbean
    • Place_Keyword: Atlantic Ocean
  • Place:
    • Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Place Thesaurus
    • Place_Keyword: COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Luquillo (18N065W0012)
    • Place_Keyword: OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Luquillo (18N065W0012)
    • Place_Keyword: COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Fajardo (18N065W0004)
    • Place_Keyword: OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Fajardo (18N065W0004)
    • Place_Keyword: COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Culebra Island (18N065W0011)
    • Place_Keyword: OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Culebra Island (18N065W0011)
    • 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)
Access_Constraints:
  • Please cite any use of this data.
Use_Constraints:
  • 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), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch
      • Contact_Person: Tim Battista
    • Contact_Address:
      • Address_Type: mailing and physical
      • Address:
        1305 East West Highway, SSMC4
      • Address:
        9th Floor, #9311
      • City: Silver Spring
      • State_or_Province: MD
      • Postal_Code: 20910
      • Country: United States of America
    • Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 713-3028 x171
    • Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (301) 713-4384
    • Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: tim.battista@noaa.gov
    • Hours_of_Service: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
    • Contact Instructions:
      Primary contact mode: email
Data_Set_Credit:
  • 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
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
  • Microsoft Windows 7; ESRI ArcCatalog 10.1
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Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report:
  • All users should independently analyze the dataset according to their own needs and standards to determine data usability.
Completeness_Report:
  • Ground validation work was completed after two field missions. Extra GV sites that were determined to be useful habitat information were added to the shapefile as well. All GV points are linked to the site video and photos that are served in the Biomapper data portal.
Positional_Accuracy:
  • Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
    • Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
      point data represents the approximate centroid (+ - 20m) of each drop-camera or snorkel transit of a ground validation site.
Lineage:
  • Source_Information:
    • Source_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: Unpublished material
        • Publication_Time: Unknown
        • Title: Ground Validation Points Shapefile
        • Edition: Revised
        • Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
        • Online_Linkage: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/projects/detail?key=258
    • Type_of_Source_Media: Biomapper Online Data Viewer
    • Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
      • Time_Period_Information:
        • Single_Date/Time:
          • Calendar_Date: 2014
      • Source_Currentness_Reference: ground condition
    • Source_Citation_Abbreviation: NEPR Ground Validation Points
    • Source_Contribution:
      Benthic Habitat Map
  • Source_Information:
    • Source_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: Unpublished material
        • Publication_Time: Unknown
        • Title: NEPR Ground Validation Videos
        • Edition: 1st
        • Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: video
        • Other_Citation_Details: Videos are available to stream as high res and low resolution MP4 on the BIOmapper web portal.
        • Online_Linkage: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/projects/detail?key=258
    • Type_of_Source_Media: Online Data Viewer
    • Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
      • Time_Period_Information:
        • Single_Date/Time:
          • Calendar_Date: 2014
      • Source_Currentness_Reference: ground condition
    • Source_Citation_Abbreviation: NEPR Ground Validation Underwater Video
    • Source_Contribution:
      Ground Validation Field Missions
  • Process_Step:
    • Process_Description:
      Ground validation points for the NEPR were selected using a stratified random sampling method based on the benthic habitat map schema.
    • Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NEPR Ground Validation Points
    • Process_Date: 201305
    • Source_Produced_Citation_Abbreviation: NEPR Ground Validation Points
  • Process_Step:
    • Process_Description:
      The Ground validation sites were planned by manually placing points on a draft habitat map based on remote sensing imagery. The sites were selected to include all types of remote sensing signatures, covering habitat features across the whole project area (approximately two GV sites/km2). Each ground validation site was sampled either by an underwater drop-camera (SeaViewer Sea-Drop 950 and a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition) or by snorkeling to the site with handheld underwater video camera (GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition). The Video data was collected at 1440*1920 pixels, while simultaneously collecting photos at 12MP every 5 seconds. Drop Camera Videos were positioned and recorded using a Trimble Geo XH GPS system, while snorkel videos were positioned using a handheld Garmin GPS on a dive buoy. The GPS data was connected to the videos using calibrated time stamps. The video data was then used to extract habitat data used to classify the habitat map, as well as presence of selected key species such as ESA listed Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis corals.
    • Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NEPR Ground Validation Underwater Video
    • Process_Date: 201502
    • Source_Produced_Citation_Abbreviation: NEPR Ground Validation Underwater Video

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Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method:
  • Point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
  • SDTS_Terms_Description:
    • SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: Point
    • Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 1419
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
  • Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
    • Planar:
      • Map_Projection:
        • Map_Projection_Name: UTM Zone 20 N
          • Mercator:
        • UTM Zone 20 N
          • Scale_Factor_at_Equator: 0.999600
          • Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -63.000000
          • False_Easting: 500000.000000
          • False_Northing: 0.000000
      • Planar_Coordinate_Information:
        • Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: row and column
        • Coordinate_Representation:
          • Abscissa_Resolution: 1.00
          • Ordinate_Resolution: 1.00
        • 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
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information: Overview_Description:
  • Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    Each ground validation point contains the benthic habitat information based on observational data collected from the underwater video by the Biogeography Team. The benthic habitat classification system is based on the structure developed by the Biogeography team used throughout the US Caribbean. Each GV point contains information on major geomorphological structure, detailed geomorphological structure, percent hardbottom, topographic complexity, dominant biological cover, percent biological cover, co-occurring biological cover, percent coral cover, dominant coral type (hard/soft/mixed), Acropora presence, fauna presence and visibility conditions.
  • Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
    For more details on the entity and attribute information on the NEPR Ground Validation shapefile and the benthic habitat classification scheme, see Chapter 2 of the NCOSS technical memorandum Mapping of Northeast Puerto Rico and Culebra Island.
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
  • Contact_Information:
    • Contact_Organization_Primary:
      • Contact_Organization: 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
      • Contact_Person: Tim Battista
    • Contact_Address:
      • Address_Type: mailing and physical
      • Address:
        1305 East West Highway, SSMC4
      • Address:
        9th Floor, #9311
      • City: Silver Spring
      • State_or_Province: MD
      • Postal_Code: 20910
      • Country: United States of America
    • Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 713-3028 x171
    • Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (301) 713-4384
    • Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: tim.battista@noaa.gov
    • Hours_of_Service: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
    • Contact Instructions:
      Primary contact mode: email
Resource_Description:
  • Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
  • 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.
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20180620
Metadata_Contact:
  • Contact_Information:
    • Contact_Person_Primary:
      • Contact_Person: Will Sautter
      • Contact_Organization: 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
    • Contact_Address:
      • Address_Type: mailing and physical
      • Address:
        1305 East West Highway, SSMC4, 9th Floor #9226
      • City: Silver Spring
      • State_or_Province: MD
      • Postal_Code: 20910
      • Country: USA
    • Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 713 -3028 x174
    • Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (301) 713 - 4043
    • Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Will.Sautter@noaa.gov
    • Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Metadata_Standard_Name:
  • FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version:
  • FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention:
  • local time
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