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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2023: NOAA Point Shapefile - ROV transects, US Caribbean - Western Puerto Rico - Project NF-08-04 - (2008), UTM 19N NAD83,

Item Identification

Title: NOAA Point Shapefile - ROV transects, US Caribbean - Western Puerto Rico - Project NF-08-04 - (2008), UTM 19N NAD83
Short Name: NF08_PR_ROV_Points_Metadata
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2008

This shapefile denotes the location of underwater photos and/or video that were collected by NOAA scientists using a Spectrum Phantom S2 ROV (remotely operated vehicle). Photos and/or video were collected between 02/25/2008 and 03/08/2008 along 28 transects around Isla de Mona in Puerto Rico and west of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in the U.S. Caribbean. These photos and videos will be manually classified into different habitat classes, and integrated with the abiotic data collected by the acoustic sonar (sound navigation and ranging) systems to develop a benthic habitat map for the U.S. Caribbean. Habitat maps describe the location of habitat features (in relation to the shoreline), their physical composition and the types of organisms that colonize them. Fundamentally, habitat maps provide critical information about the extent, health and composition of marine resources, which is vital for communicating information about the distribution and abundance of species to resource managers, scientists and the public. Habitat maps also support an increasing number of landscape ecology studies, as well as the process of marine spatial planning, including the design and evaluation of marine protected areas (MPAs).


The objective of this ground validation (GV) effort, conducted by NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Branch, in collaboration with multiple federal, state, territory, academic and private sector partners, was to acquire spatially-explicit information about the geomorphological structure, biological cover and live coral cover of the seafloor in the U.S. Caribbean. Extensive field work is needed to create high-quality benthic habitat maps because it enhances the accuracy of habitat attribution and (to a lesser degree) habitat delineation. Consequently, ground validation locations were targeted by the cartographer to satisfy the following objectives: (1) Explore features in the imagery with unknown or confusing acoustic signatures; (2) Confirm that the habitat type correlated with a particular acoustic signature remained consistent throughout the entire study area. This information will be incorporated into a fine-scale assessment of the statu s, abundance, and distribution of marine habitats in the U.S. Caribbean.



Other Citation Details:

Please cite NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch when using this dataset.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus Geographic Information > Habitats
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Mapping > Habitat Mapping
None benthic habitats
None biological cover
None coral reef
None geomorphological structure
None ground truthing
None ground validation
None reef
None transect
None underwater photography
None underwater video
None zone

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
None Puerto Rico
None U.S. Caribbean
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: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: vector digital data
Distribution Liability:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Biogeography Branch does not guarantee the accuracy of the geographic features or attributes.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 447020
Date Effective From: 2008
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:


CC ID: 447022
Date Effective From: 2008
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 447023
Date Effective From: 2008
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 447021
Date Effective From: 2008
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Principal Investigator

CC ID: 447024
Date Effective From: 2008
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Battista, Tim
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 447027
W° Bound: -67.972
E° Bound: -67.334
N° Bound: 18.22
S° Bound: 18.032

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 447026
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2008-02-25
End: 2008-03-08

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 584858
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 39059

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Contact NOAA for distribution options (see Distributor).;

Data Access Constraints:

Please cite any use of this data.

Data Use Constraints:

Note: 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.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 447028
Download URL:

Downloadable Data

File Type: ESRI Shapefile



CC ID: 447018
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 447050
Activity Date/Time: 2015-09-22

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 447049
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05

Converted from FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 584856
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 599876
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 716508
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog

Data Quality


The records in this data layer were automatically acquired by the GPS units and are expected to be correct.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:


Completeness Report:

This shapefile includes all the locations visited during this mission.

Conceptual Consistency:





CC ID: 599877
Contact Name: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Branch (BB)
Publish Date: 2008-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2008
Source Contribution:

GPS and USBL (Ultrashort baseline) data | Type of Source Media: GPS and USBL (Ultrashort baseline) data

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 599878

NOAA scientists explored these ground validation locations in situ using a Spectrum Phantom S2 ROV (remotely operated vehicle). The resulting positional, video and photographic information was processed and will be used to classify each distinct habitat polygon to create a map of the seafloor in the U.S. Caribbean.

Process Date/Time: 2008-01-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity ROV_2008_Transects_Points

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 38864
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:38864
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 12:49+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:10+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-02-08
Owner Org: NCCOS
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2018-02-08
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-02-08