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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2022: National Status and Trends: Bioeffects Assessment Program Sites (1986 to present) Compiled from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/39254.

Item Identification

Title: National Status and Trends: Bioeffects Assessment Program Sites (1986 to present) Compiled from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Short Name: bioeffects_sites
Status: In Work
Publication Date: 2002-05-03
Abstract:

This dataset contains sample collection location information for the National Status and Trends, Bioeffects Assessment Project. The Bioeffects Assessment Sites data files report information regarding the planned sampling locations designated by the planners for the monitoring program. At present about thirty Bioeffects Assessments have been conducted as part of NSandT's Bioeffects Assessment Project. This SITES file only contains site information for the St. Lucie Estuary Study (2001). Site information for the other studies will be added over time beginning with the Chesapeake Bay Study (1998, 1999, 2001). One record is presented per site. Each record reports the planned values of latitude and longitude and the actual values recorded at the time of sampling, five letter site acronym, site sequence number, general and specific location information, state abbreviation, state name, degree-minute-second coordinates, decimal degree coordinates, and species information, among other things. The actual site coordinate information is recorded at the time of sampling, if samples were taken at a location other than the nominal site center. The five letter acronym is based on both the general location information and more specific location information (e.g. SFSM is San Francisco-San Mateo Bridge). The file also contains sequence numbers that facilitate geographic manipulation of the data. Sites are numbered sequentially from the northernmost site on the U.S. East coast and continue counter-clockwise around the country.

Purpose:

In response to concerns over environmental quality of the Nation's coastal and estuarine ecosystems, NOAA initiated the National Status and Trends (NSandT) Program in 1984, to determine the current status of, and to detect changes in, the environmental quality of our Nation's estuarine and coastal waters. The Bioeffects Assessment Program is an ongoing project of intensive regional studies, of 2 to 4-year duration, to assess bioeffects associated with contaminant exposure. Many of the studies were designed around a "Sediment Quality Triad" in order to diagnose relationships among measures of sediment contamination, sediment toxicity, and macrobenthic community response to degraded environment. Approximately thirty regional studies have been undertaken as part of the Bioeffects Assessment Project. Each study is designed to provide unbiased assessments of the condition of selected resources over the study region. A key feature of the program is a probabilistic sampling strategy that randomly selects sampling sites and assigns weighting factors based on area to all measured results.

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Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
NOS Data Explorer Topic Category Environmental Monitoring
None Bioeffect
None Bioeffects
None Coastal
None Contaminant
None Date
None Estuarine drainage area
None Estuary name
None Latitude
None Longitude
None NCCOS Research Data Type > Field Observation
None NCCOS Research Priority > Long-term Monitoring
None NCCOS Research Priority > Stressors, Impacts, Mitigation, and Restoration (SIMR)
None NCCOS Research Topic > Bioeffects/Toxicity
None NCCOS Research Topic > Chemical Contaminants
None NCCOS Research Topic > Monitoring
None NSandT
None Oceans
None Region
None Site
None Site acronym
None Site location
None Species
None State
None Toxicity

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Apalachicola Bay
None Biscayne Bay
None Boston Harbor
None Charleston Harbor
None Chesapeake Bay
None Choctawhatchee Bay
None Delaware Bay
None Florida Bay (South Florida)
None Galveston Bay
None Gulf Breeze
None Hudson Raritan Estuary
None Leadenwah Creek
None Long Island Sound
None Mission Bay
None Moss Landing
None NCCOS Research Location > Geographic Area > Coastal Ocean
None NCCOS Research Location > Region > East Coast
None NCCOS Research Location > U.S. States and Territories > Florida
None New York
None Newark Bay
None Pamlico Bay
None Pensacola Bay
None Puget Sound
None Sabine Lake
None Saint Andrew Bay
None Saint Lucie Estuary
None Saint Simons Sound
None San Diego Bay
None San Diego River
None San Francisco Bay
None San Pedro Bay
None Savannah River
None Southern California Bight
None Tampa Bay
None Tijuana River
None U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone
None Winyah Bay

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: map
Distribution Liability:

None

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 462606
Date Effective From: 2002-05-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 462608
Date Effective From: 2002-05-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 462609
Date Effective From: 2002-05-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 462607
Date Effective From: 2002-05-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NCCOS Scientific Data Coordinator
Email Address: NCCOS.data@noaa.gov

Principal Investigator

CC ID: 462610
Date Effective From: 2002-05-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Piniak, Greg
Email Address: greg.piniak@noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 462613
W° Bound: -166.5
E° Bound: -67.333
N° Bound: 70.5
S° Bound: 25.615

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 462612
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1986

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Bioeffects Assessment Program data for the St. Lucie Estuary can be obtained on line at http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/about/coast/nsandt/. Please contact the NSandT program directly to obtain information about data availability for other sites within the Bioeffects Assessment study area.;

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

The National Status and Trends Program (NSandT) requests that all individuals who download NSandT data acknowledge the source of these data in any reports, papers, or presentations. If you publish these data, please include a statement similar to: "Some or all of the data described in this article were produced by NOAA through its National Status and Trends Program."

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 462614
Download URL: https://products.coastalscience.noaa.gov/collections/ltmonitoring/nsandt/default.aspx
Distributor:
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Type: ASCII

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 462602
URL: https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/projects/detail?key=238
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 462679
Activity Date/Time: 2016-11-16
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 462678
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: 584184
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 600895
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 716621
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment

Description:

Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 5.0 (Build 2195) Service Pack 2; ESRI ArcCatalog 8.2.0.700

Data Quality

Accuracy:

Each study is designed to provide unbiased assessments of the condition of selected resources over the study region. A key feature of the program is a probabilistic sampling strategy that randomly selects sampling sites and assigns weighting factors based on area to all measured results. NSandT's Bioeffects Assessment Project include partners from Federal, State and Local sectors of government and the private sector. The list of partners varies by study area and for most the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and NOAA have shared data and collaborated on the sampling design and quality assurance aspects of the studies. Each partner had a role in planning, collecting, processing, and/or reviewing data. The NSandT Program was responsible for final assembly and review of all data.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

The actual sampling coordinates (LATITUDE and LONGITUDE) reported in this data set vary in accuracy. Some coordinates are estimates based on NOAA nautical charts while others site locations were determined using Loran-C and GPS units. Original site coordinates were derived from Loran-C time conversions. Early sites information resulting from Loran-C was converted from time delay information to latitudes and longitudes. These earlier data may be suspect when sites were located close to large structures that could have interfered with accurate time delays. When GPS was first available the signal was intentionally degraded so earlier coordinate information, even if it resulted from GPS, is not as accurate as data would be today.

Completeness Report:

The Bioeffects Assessment Project Sites dataset does not include data relating to the chemistry, quality assurance, or pathology data that is associated with each site.

Conceptual Consistency:

Data in this file were acquired both in the field and assigned by program planners. No analytical processing was involved with the Bioeffects Assessment Sites parameters

Lineage

Sources

Marine Pollution Bulletin, "General Guidelines for using the Sediment Quality Triad"

CC ID: 600896
Contact Name: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA)
Publish Date: 1997-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1997
Source Contribution:

The Guidelines for Sediment Quality provides background information on the National Status and Trends Bioeffects Assessment Project Sites. | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: paper

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 600897
Description:

Approximately thirty regional studies have been undertaken as part of the Bioeffects Assessment Project. This is an ongoing project of intensive regional studies, of 2 to 4-year duration, to assess bioeffects associated with contaminant exposure. Biological responses to contamination have been examined and monitored in a number of ways, including toxicity tests of sediments using multiple laboratory species, several biochemical and histo-pathological assays of bottom-dwelling fishes and bivalve mollusks, and assessments of the in situ biological community assemblage to determine the significance of exposure to toxicants. The Bioeffects Assessment Project also allow a comparison of the validity and responses of different indicators of biological effects, leading to improved NOAA survey techniques for subsequent study areas. Many of the studies were designed around a "Sediment Quality Triad" in order to diagnose relationships among measures of sediment contamination, sediment toxicity, and macrobenthic community response to degraded environment. A secondary criterion for selecting these areas is the likelihood of collaborative or complementary efforts with other Federal, state, and local agencies, assuring the direct and immediate use of study results.The Sediment Quality Triad, developed in the mid-1980s, is now widely used for conducting integrated assessments of sediment quality based on measures of chemistry, toxicity and benthos. If the appropriate tools are used in the Triad approach, users can identify those contaminants which have the strongest associations with toxicity and benthic effects and those that may not immediately appear to be of concern (Chapman, et al., 1997)

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Dataset Parameters for Bioeffects Assessment Sites

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 39254
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:39254
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 12:51+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