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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: American Samoa ESI: BENTHIC (Benthic Marine Habitat Polygons), https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/40183.

Item Identification

Title: American Samoa ESI: BENTHIC (Benthic Marine Habitat Polygons)
Short Name: AM_Samoa_benthic
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2004-02
Abstract:

This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for benthic habitats in American Samoa. Vector polygons in this data set represent the distribution of macroalgae, coral reef and colonized hardbottom, uncolonized hardbottom, and encrusting/coralline algae habitats. This data set comprises a portion of the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) data for American Samoa. ESI data characterize the marine and coastal environments and wildlife by their sensitivity to spilled oil. The ESI data include information for three main components: shoreline habitats, sensitive biological resources, and human-use resources. See also the CASSPT (Coral Areas of Special Significance - Points) data layer, part of the larger American Samoa ESI database, for additional coral information.

Purpose:

The ESI data were collected, mapped, and digitized to provide environmental data for oil spill planning and response. The Clean Water Act, with amendments by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, requires response plans for immediate and effective protection of sensitive resources.

Notes:

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Other Citation Details:

Prepared by Research Planning, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Hazardous Materials Response Division, Seattle, Washington, and NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Supplemental Information:

Resource Description - ESI Atlas for American Samoa

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
NOS Topic Category Environmental Monitoring
None Algae
None Benthic
None Coastal resources
None Coastal Zone Management
None Coral
None ESI
None Hardbottom
None Macroalgae
None Oil spill planning
None Sensitivity maps
None Wildlife

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None American Samoa

Physical Location

Organization: Office of Response and Restoration
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:

Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. NOAA warrants the delivery of this product in computer-readable format, and will offer a replacement copy of the product when the product is determined unreadable by computer-input peripherals, or when the physical medium is delivered in damaged condition.

Data Set Credit: This project was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Hazardous Materials Response Division, Seattle, Washington, and NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 502958
Date Effective From: 2004-02
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 502960
Date Effective From: 2004-02
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 502961
Date Effective From: 2004-02
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 502959
Date Effective From: 2004-02
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: The biological data were compiled during 2002 to 2003. The currentness date for these data is 2003 and is documented in the Source_Information section.

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 502964
W° Bound: -171.266
E° Bound: -167.964
N° Bound: -10.873
S° Bound: -14.723

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 502963
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2002
End: 2004

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 587991
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 592
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Curve Object Count: 77439
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 592
Surface Object Present?: Yes
Surface Object Count: 973

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Contact NOAA for distribution options (see Distributor). ESI data are processed into multiple formats to make them useful to a wider community of GIS/mapping users. Distribution formats include ARC export, MOSS and Shape files, and MARPLOT map folders. An ArcView ESI project and ESI_Viewer product are also included on the distribution CDs for ease of use of the ESI data. The database files are distributed both in the NOAA standard relational database format (see NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS ORCA 115) and in a simplified desktop flat file format. This metadata document includes information on both of these database formats.;

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

DO NOT USE MAPS FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES.Besides the above warning, there are no use constraints on these data. Note that the ESI database should not be used to the exclusion of other pertinent data or information held by state or federal agencies or other organizations. Likewise, information contained in the database cannot be used in place of consultations with environmental, natural resource, and cultural resource agencies, or in place of field surveys. Recognize that the information contained in the ESI database represents known concentration areas or occurrences of natural, cultural, and human-use resources, but does not necessarily represent the full distribution or range of each species or resource. This is particularly important to recognize when considering potential impacts to protected resources, such as endangered species, wetlands, etc. Acknowledgment of the originators, publishers, contributors, and sources listed would be appreciated in products derived from these data.

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 502956
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 502981
Activity Date/Time: 2004-02
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 502980
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05
Description:

Converted from 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: 587989
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 602268
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 719009
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment

Description:

The software packages used to develop the atlas are Environmental Systems Research Institute's ARC/INFO(r) (version 8.3) and SQL SERVER(r) (version 7.0). The hardware configuration is PC's with Windows Operating System (NT4.0/2000).The Spatial_Data_Organization Information section refers only to the source files in the ARC export format. The following files are included in that data set: benthic.e00, birds.e00, casspt.e00, esi.e00, fish.e00, hydro.e00, index.e00, invert.e00, m_mammal.e00, mgt.e00, nests.e00, reptiles.e00, socecon.e00, t_mampt.e00. Associated relational and desktop data tables provided in Arc export and text format are bio_lut, biofile, biores, breed, breed_dt, seasonal, soc_dat, soc_lut, sources, species, and status.

Data Quality

Accuracy:

A multi-stage error checking process is used to verify both attribute accuracy and logical consistency throughout data production. The process includes a standardized data entry methodology, hardcopy data review by in-house and external resource experts, a final Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) process, and multiple automated logical consistency checks. Quantitative data (such as densities, counts, abundances, or concentrations) provided by resource experts for inclusion in the data set may vary widely in attribute accuracy, depending upon the methodology used to collect and compile such data. For a more detailed evaluation of source data attribute accuracy, contact the sources listed in the Lineage section.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Some of the spatial components of the biological data sets are developed using regional experts who estimate concentration areas. It is difficult to estimate the positional accuracy of such data, except to state that they are compiled on hardcopy basemaps with a scale of 1:24,000. The rest of the spatial components of the biological data sets are developed from pre-existing digital sources and reflect the positional accuracy of these original data. See the Lineage and Process_Description sections for more information on the original data source and how these data were integrated or manipulated to create the final data set. Note that biological resource data by their very nature are considered "fuzzy", and this should be understood when considering the positional accuracy of vector digital objects representing these resources.

Completeness Report:

The source data used for this data set were provided in digital format by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, Biogeography Program. See also the CASSPT (Coral Areas of Special Significance - Points) data layer, part of the larger American Samoa ESI database, for additional coral information. The following benthic groups are included in this data set: macroalgae, coral reef and colonized hardbottom, uncolonized hardbottom, and encrusting/coralline algae habitats.

Conceptual Consistency:

A multi-stage error checking process, described in the above Attribute_Accuracy_Report, is used to verify both attribute accuracy and logical consistency throughout data production. This process includes multiple automated logical consistency checks that test the files for missing or duplicate data, rules for proper coding, GIS topological consistencies (such as dangles, unnecessary nodes, etc.). A final review is made by the GIS manager, where the data are written to CD-ROM and the metadata are written. After the data are delivered to NOAA, they are again subjected to a number of quality and consistency checks.

Lineage

Sources

Digitized Benthic Habitats for American Samoa

CC ID: 602269
Contact Name: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Services (NOS), National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, Biogeography Program
Publish Date: 2003-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2002
Extent End Date/Time: 2003
Source Contribution:

Benthic habitat information | Source Geospatial Form: Shapefiles | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 602270
Description:

The main source used to depict habitat distribution for this data layer was a 2003 vector polygon benthic habitat data set provided by the NOAA NOS Biogeography Program. The data were posted on an ftp site as shapefiles and contained a three-tiered hierarchical classification structure, therefore making it possible to display the benthic habitat types as general or as detailed as deemed appropriate. In order to keep the hardcopy ESI maps readable and to maintain a level of detail commensurate with oil spill response and planning, we chose to display the "second tier" of the classification structure that included the following benthic habitat categories: macroalgae, coral reef and colonized hardbottom, uncolonized hardbottom, and encrusting and coralline algae. No seasonality or concentration information was used. These data were not yet publicly available when they were provided for this project. Please see the following website: http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/us_pac_mapping.html or contact Tim Battista (Phone: 301/713-3028 x 171; Email: Tim.Battista@noaa.gov) for more information.

Process Date/Time: 2003-11-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity BENTHIC.PAT

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 40183
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40183
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 14:50+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: ORR
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