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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Aleutian Islands Coastal Resources Inventory and Environmental Sensitivity Maps: ESI (Environmental Sensitivity Index Shoreline Types - Polygons and Lines), https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/40211.

Item Identification

Title: Aleutian Islands Coastal Resources Inventory and Environmental Sensitivity Maps: ESI (Environmental Sensitivity Index Shoreline Types - Polygons and Lines)
Short Name: Aleutian_ESI
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2002-05
Abstract:

This data set contains vector lines and polygons representing the shoreline and coastal habitats of the Aleutian Islands classified according to the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) classification system.This data set comprises a portion of the ESI data for Aleutians East Borough and Aleutians West Coastal Resource Service Area (CRSA). These data identify the marine and coastal environments and wildlife. The ESI data include information for three main components: shoreline habitats, sensitive biological resources, and human-use resources.

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; Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute; Aleutians West Coastal Resource Service Area (CRSA); Aleutians East Borough; Alaska Chadux Corporation; United States Coast Guard; and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

Supplemental Information:

Resource Description - ESI Atlas for the Aleutian Islands

Keywords

Theme Keywords

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

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Aleutian Islands

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: Digital vector 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; Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute; Aleutians West Coastal Resource Service Area (CRSA); Aleutians East Borough; Alaska Chadux Corporation; United States Coast Guard; and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 503816
Date Effective From: 2002-05
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: 503818
Date Effective From: 2002-05
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: 503819
Date Effective From: 2002-05
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: 503817
Date Effective From: 2002-05
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: These data were compiled during 2000-2001. The currentness dates for these data range from 1982 to 2001 and are documented in the Source_Information section.

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 503822
W° Bound: 172.42
E° Bound: -158.81002
N° Bound: 58.13312
S° Bound: 48.351629

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 503821
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2000
End: 2001

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 588072
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 1635
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Curve Object Count: 572876
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 1635
Surface Object Present?: Yes
Surface Object Count: 9623

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: 503814
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 503834
Activity Date/Time: 2015-07-07
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 503833
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: 588070
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 602436
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 719035
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 8.0.2) and ORACLE(r) RDBMS (version 8.0.5.0.0). The hardware configuration is Hewlett Packard workstations (models 715/50 and 712/80i) with UNIX operating system (HP-UX Release A.10.20), and 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: birds.e00, bio_lut.e00, biofile.e00, biores.e00, breed.e00, breed_dt.e00, esi.e00, faults.e00, fish.e00, fishl.e00, geo.e00, habitats.e00, hydro.e00, index.e00, invert.e00, m_mammal.e00, m_mampt.e00, mgt.e00, nests.e00, seasonal.e00, soc_dat.e00, soc_lut.e00, socecon.e00, sources.e00, species.e00, status.e00, volcanos.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, socecon, 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:

The ESI data set was developed from pre-existing digital sources and reflects the positional accuracy of these original data. The horizontal positional accuracy of the 1:63,360 USGS topographic quads should conform to National Map Accuracy Standards at scales of 1:63,360. The minimum mapping unit (MMU) of the actual shoreline classification segments is estimated at 50 meters when mapping is conducted using 1:63,360 hardcopy fieldmaps. Field verification has shown that the absolute positional accuracy of breaks between shoreline ESI types with a 95-percent error bound is approximately 58 meters. See the Lineage and Process_Description sections for more information on the original source data and how these data were integrated or manipulated to create the final data set.

Completeness Report:

These data represent coastal shorelines and habitats classified according to the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) classification system.

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 node, etc.), and ORACLE(r) to ARC/INFO(r) consistencies. 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

Digital Line Graphs

CC ID: 602440
Contact Name: U.S. Geological Survey
Publish Date: 1982-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1982
Source Contribution:

Environmental Sensitivity Index Information - source scale varies | Source Geospatial Form: Hardcopy Map | Type of Source Media: paper

ESI Overflight

CC ID: 602437
Contact Name: Colin Plank
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2000
Scale Denominator: 63360
Source Contribution:

Digital Shoreline | Source Geospatial Form: Hardcopy Map | Type of Source Media: paper

Sensitivity of Coastal Environments and Wildlife to Spilled Oil, Bristol Bay Region

CC ID: 602438
Contact Name: Research Planning Institute, Inc.
Publish Date: 1982-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1982
Source Contribution:

Environmental Sensitivity Index Information - source scale varies | Source Geospatial Form: Hardcopy Map | Type of Source Media: paper

Sensitivity of Coastal Environments and Wildlife to Spilled Oil, Southern Alaska Peninsula

CC ID: 602439
Contact Name: Research Planning Institute, Inc.
Publish Date: 1986-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1986
Source Contribution:

Environmental Sensitivity Index Information- source scale varies | Source Geospatial Form: Hardcopy Map | Type of Source Media: paper

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 602441
Description:

The intertidal habitats of the Aleutians East Borough were mapped using the ESI shoreline ranking scheme below. A typical ESI survey employs a combination of observational scale. Overflights, existing aerial photos and 1:63,360 topographic maps are examined and parameters such as tidal regime, wave energy, and long-shore sediment transport are assessed. If necessary, modifications to the base shoreline are made at this time. Overflights are flown at altitudes ranging from 300 to 600 ft. and speeds of 80 knots during spring low tides. During a five-hour interval of time centered on the peak low tide, the coast is flown and categorized. Mapping within this time interval ensures proper delineation of tidal flats and allows the maximum amount of the intertidal zone to be exposed and evaluated. ESI classifications are recorded onto 1:63,360 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) maps; small changes in the shoreline, such as inlet positions or new man-made structures, are noted. The final component is the ground verification of the overflight classification. Ideally, examples of each ESI category are surveyed on the ground. The maps compiled in the field are digitized by geographers, and the base shoreline is updated to reflect the observations made during the survey. For the Aleutians East atlas, the ESI shoreline types from the 1980 hardcopy ESI atlases of Bristol Bay and the southern Alaska Peninsula, were digitized and integrated with a newly acquired biological database. Intertidal habitats of the Aleutians West Coastal Resource Service Area (CRSA) were mapped using two systems: (1) the ESI shoreline ranking scheme, and (2) the Coastal Habitats shoreline ranking scheme. The shoreline of Unalaska Island was classified using the ESI ranking system during overflights conducted on 30 June-3 July 2000. In the case of Unalaska, ground-truthing locations included: the north shore of Beaver Inlet near Ugadaga bay; Summer Bay; Iliuliuk Bay; Dutch Harbor; the northern and eastern shores of Amaknak Island, and Captains Bay. The shorelines of all other islands in the Aleutians West CRSA, from Attu to Umnak, were mapped at a scale of 1:250,000 by the same coastal geologist using the more general Coastal Habitat classification system. Overflights of these islands were not conducted, hence the separate mapping scheme. While interest remains high in conducting traditional field-oriented ESI surveys for these islands, budget considerations and logistical factors such as fuel staging, a short field season, habitation, and helicopter availability must be addressed. The mapping done in the Coastal Habitat classification scheme is based on field experience gained in the Unalaska mapping effort, National Imaging and Mapping Agency (NIMA) 1:250,000 topographic maps, USGS bulletin series 1028 (1951-1971) and local expertise. These classifications are not field checked. The categories in the Coastal Habitat scheme are similar to those included in the previous Aleutians West CRSA Resource Inventory atlas. However, the Coastal Habitat scheme improves on the previous work in that individual beaches are mapped as distinct coastal habitats.

Process Date/Time: 2001-11-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity ESI.AAT
Entity ESI.PAT

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 40211
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40211
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: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-02-08
Owner Org: ORR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year