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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2023: National Benthic Infaunal Database (NBID),

Item Identification

Title: National Benthic Infaunal Database (NBID)
Short Name: NBI_metadata
Status: In Work
Publication Date: 2003

The NBID is a quantitative database on abundances of individual benthic species by sample and study region, along with other synoptically measured environmental variables.


The NBID component provides a basis for fulfilling important data needs of customers, such as providing information on the incidence and patterns of occurrence of a particular species of interest, or on the overall composition and diversity of species assemblages within any particular region of interest. Other key objectives of the NBID component are: (1) to provide a source of information for assessing patterns in marine biodiversity; (2) to provide input data for evaluating biological responses to sediment-associated stressors, and for developing new diagnostic tools to enhance such analyses; and (3) to provide a basis for monitoring the incidence and patterns of invasive species in marine and coastal waters (taking advantage of the fact that such a comprehensive database includes species from most all known marine invertebrate phyla, and thus will be broadly representative).




Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None benthic
None benthos
None environmental monitoring
None estuarine
None infauna
None macroinfauna
None marine
None oceans
None species
None taxa
None tidal freshwater

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Albemarle Sound
None Biscayne Bay
None Carolinian Province
None Chesapeake Bay
None Delaware Bay
None Dry Tortugas
None Florida Bay
None Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
None Galveston Bay
None Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
None Hudson Bay
None Neuse River
None Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
None Pamlico Sound
None Puget Sound
None Raritan Bay
None Rookery Bay
None Sabine Lake
None San Francisco Bay
None South Florida Gulf
None St. John's River
None St. Lucie
None United States

Physical Location

Organization: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: database
Distribution Liability:


Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 443622
Date Effective From: 2003
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:


CC ID: 443624
Date Effective From: 2003
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 443625
Date Effective From: 2003
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 443623
Date Effective From: 2003
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Principal Investigator

CC ID: 443626
Date Effective From: 2003
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cooksey, Cindy
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 443629
W° Bound: -178.37
E° Bound: -73.7
N° Bound: 49
S° Bound: 23.06

Estuarine and coastal waters of the continental USA and Hawaii

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 443628
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1991

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:;;

Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

By accessing and downloading data presented in the NBI web site you are agreeing to the following conditions: 1. The information, data records or images presented in these databases may not be reproduced, redistributed, repackaged or publicly displayed in any form without the express written permission of a curatorial staff member of the National Benthic Inventory (NBI). 2. Downloaded records, information or images from the NBI may be used strictly for non-profit purposes such as scientific, scholarly or educational activities provided the NBI is acknowledged using standard citation for electronic materials (hyperlink to citations) in all copies and the NBI notified. 3. Data are provided on an end-user basis. These data should not be redistributed to third parties without prior approval from the NBI. 4. Information in the databases may be published or remain unpublished. It is the user's responsibility to verify if any information has already been published for citation purposes. 5. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided within these databases, use of the information is entirely at your own risk. All data and images are provided "AS IS" for the end user's informational purposes only. NBI and staff are not responsible for any negative consequences resulting from reliance on or use of information contained in the databases. Risk of injury rests entirely with the user. 6. The information presented is as accurate as the staff can reasonably make it. Data provided in the databases are compiled from various researchers working though several different institutions. Misidentifications, re-classification of names or groups of organisms and other transcription mistakes are inherent in this field. If ever you believe a data record presented is in error for any reason, let us know what and why. The updating of information and ensuring its accuracy are continual processes. Examples for how to cite the NBI website depending which is most appropriate: * National Benthic Inventory (NBI). 2004. NBI website. (;. Accessed on 2004 Apr 27. * Information provided with permission of the National Benthic Inventory, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, Charleston, SC, ( 27 Apr 2004. *"Some or all of the data described in this article were produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through its National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science - National Benthic Inventory".

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 443630
Download URL:

Other Documents

File Type: ASCII



CC ID: 443621
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 443667
Activity Date/Time: 2013-10-24

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 443666
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05

Converted from FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001.1-1999) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 38811
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:38811
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 12:48+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-04-12
Owner Org: NCCOS
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-04-12
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-04-12