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Short Citation:
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2022: USVI 2011, Ground Validation ROV Transect Points, NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/38890.

Item Identification

Title: USVI 2011, Ground Validation ROV Transect Points, NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
Short Name: NF11_USVI_ROV_TransectPoints_Metadata
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2011
Abstract:

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 03/28/2011 and 04/16/2011 along 50 transects (please note that dive 26 was aborted) south of St. John and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and east of Vieques, Puerto Rico. 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).

Purpose:

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 status, abundance, and distribution of marine habitats in the U.S. Caribbean.

Notes:

756

Other Citation Details:

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

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus Geographic Information > Habitats
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Mapping > Habitat Mapping
ISO 19115 Topic Category 010
ISO 19115 Topic Category imageryBaseMapsEarthCover
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
UNCONTROLLED
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Culebra Island (18N066W0002)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Vieques > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. John > St. John (18N064W0011)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > U. S. Virgin Islands > U. S. Virgin Islands (17N064W0000)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Culebra Island (18N066W0002)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Vieques Island > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Leeward Islands > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Lesser Antilles > U. S. Virgin Islands (17N064W0000)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. John (18N064W0011)
None St. John
None St. Thomas
None U.S. Caribbean
None U.S. Virgin Islands
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: 448578
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 448580
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 448581
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 448579
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Principal Investigator

CC ID: 448582
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Battista, Tim
Email Address: tim.battista@noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 448585
W° Bound: -65.191795
E° Bound: -64.656788
N° Bound: 18.301325
S° Bound: 18.163179

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 448584
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2011-03-28
End: 2011-04-16

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 584987
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Curve Object Count: 50

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: 448586
Download URL: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/projects/detail?key=263
Distributor:
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: ESRI Shapefile
File Size: 11.419

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 448576
URL: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/projects/detail?key=263
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 448618
Activity Date/Time: 2015-09-22
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 448617
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05
Description:

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

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 584985
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 600062
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 716534
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment

Description:

Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.1.1850

Data Quality

Accuracy:

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

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

None.

Completeness Report:

This shapefile includes all the locations visited during this mission.

Conceptual Consistency:

None.

Lineage

Sources

NF11 USVI Ground Validation Videos

CC ID: 600064
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
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2011
Source Contribution:

NF11 ROV Transect Points | Type of Source Media: videodisc

ROV_2011_Transects_Points.shp

CC ID: 600063
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
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2011
Source Contribution:

NF11 ROV Dives | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 600065
Description:

A first draft benthic habitat map was generated by delineating features on the seafloor with discrete acoustic signatures. During the creation of this first draft map, the cartographer placed ground validation sites intersecting features in the map that had unknown acoustic signatures. Ground validation transects were also placed on features with known acoustic signatures (evenly distributed throughout the geographic extent of the map) to confirm that the habitats associated with these signatures remained consistent through the area of interest. These two types of points were labeled as "ground validation" sites and were visited in the field. | Source Produced: ROV_2011_Transects_Points.shp

Process Date/Time: 2011-01-01 00:00:00
Source: ROV_2011_Transects_Points.shp

Process Step 2

CC ID: 600066
Description:

NOAA scientists explored these ground validation locations in situ using an ROV. 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. | Source Produced: NF11 USVI Ground Validation Videos

Process Date/Time: 2011-01-01 00:00:00
Source: ROV_2011_Transects_Points.shp

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity ROV_2011_Transects_POints

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 38890
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:38890
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: 2022-08-09 17:11+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