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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2024: Grand Seasonal Median Turbidity Geotifs (using SeaWiFS 670 band) of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary,

Item Identification

Title: Grand Seasonal Median Turbidity Geotifs (using SeaWiFS 670 band) of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Short Name: SBNMS_670_grandssn_median
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2005

Inter-annual Median seasonal turbidity imagery - Each image represents one calendar month.


To provide a turbidity product that can be used for multiple applications andviewable usingmultiple software packages.




Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
NOS Data Explorer Topic Category Environmental Monitoring
None Light Availibility
None Seasonal Medians
None SeaWiFS
None Turbidity

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Gulf of Maine
None Stellwagen

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 Note:

Could be updated seasonaly, depending on project need

Data Presentation Form: geotif
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, 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 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.NOAA makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA can not assume liability for and damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data, nor as a result of the failure of these data to function on a particular system.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 456770
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:


CC ID: 456772
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 456773
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 456771
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address:

Principal Investigator

CC ID: 456774
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Costa, Bryan
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 456777
W° Bound: -72.195988
E° Bound: -65.013835
N° Bound: 45.46229
S° Bound: 39.482066

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 456776
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1998
End: 2005

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Grid: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Please contact the Stellwagen Banks NMS Research Coordinator for additional information on data access (;

Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:




CC ID: 456769
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 456787
Activity Date/Time: 2013-01-18

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 456786
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05

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

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 577335
Activity Date/Time: 2017-08-14

Partial upload of Maintenance Note field only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 585488
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 600650
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Data Quality

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:




Monthly turbidity geotifs created from SeaWiFS imagery

CC ID: 600651
Contact Name: NOAA, NOS, CCMA
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1997-09
Extent End Date/Time: 2005-06
Source Contribution:

The source geotifs were used to create geotifs in the Albers Conical Equal Area projection and the geographic coordinate system name of GCS North American 1983. The horizontal datum name is North American Datum 1983 with an ellipsoid of Geodetic Reference System 80 | Source Geospatial Form: unregistered | Type of Source Media: geotifs

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 600652

An EASI program was run on the MOnthly turbidity geotifs of the SeaWiFS northeast region to create Seasonal Median geotifs for the specified region of the Gulf of Maine. These images were created using the following months: Winter= December, January, February Fall= September, October, November Spring= March, April, May Summer= June, July, August. These seasonal Median turbidity geotifs were used to make grand seasonal Median images, which consist of the average of all Median images for each season in the time series.(ex: spring '98, spring '99, spring 00, spring 01, spring 02, spring 03, spring 04 = SW1998200401_GrdSSN_Avg670.tif). The new geotifs were reprojected from their original SIN E019 projection to Albers ConicEqual Area,NAD 83, GRS 80. These images are scaled down from 16 bit data to 8 bit data. In order to get the turbidity values from the 8 bit geotifs, the following formula should be applied to the 8 bit data values: Turbidity = 10^(((8bit# - 1)*(3/250))-4.0)

Process Date/Time: 2005-01-01 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 39082
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:39082
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 12:50+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2017-11-09
Owner Org: NCCOS
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2017-11-09
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2018-11-09