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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands ESI: HABITATS (Habitat Polygons), https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/40305.

Item Identification

Title: Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands ESI: HABITATS (Habitat Polygons)
Short Name: Guam_CNMI_habitats
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2006-03
Abstract:

This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for benthic marine habitats and plants in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Vector polygons in this data set represent benthic marine habitats (e.g. coral reefs, seagrass) and sensitive/rare plant distribution. Species-specific abundance, seasonality, status, life history, and source information are stored in relational data tables (described below) designed to be used in conjunction with this spatial data layer. See also the BENTPT (Benthic Points) data layer, part of the larger Guam and Northern Mariana Islands ESI database, for additional benthic habitat information.The HABITATS data set comprises a portion of the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) data for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. 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.

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:

1787

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; Coral Reef Conservation Program, Silver Spring, Maryland; and Pacific Services Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Supplemental Information:

Resource Description - ESI Atlas for Guam and the Northern Mariana 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 Habitats
None Oil spill planning
None Sensitivity maps
None Wildlife

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Guam and the Northern Mariana 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: vector digital data
Entity Attribute Overview:

In addition to the geographic data layers, six relational attribute or data tables, BIORES, BREED, SEASONAL, SOURCES, SPECIES, and STATUS, are used to store the complex biological data in the ESI data structure. The geographic data layer containing biological resource information (in this case, HABITATS) is linked to the Biological Resources table (BIORES) using the unique ID and the lookup table BIO_LUT, or it can be linked directly using RARNUM. The ID is a unique combination of the atlas number (for the Guam and Northern Mariana Islands atlas, the number is 78), an element/layer specific number (BIRDS are layer 1, FISH are layer 2, etc.), and a unique record number. The RARNUM represents a unique combination of species, seasonalities, concentrations, and source information. For each of these groupings, a number is generated. That number is concatenated with the atlas number to create a "resource at risk" number that is unique across atlases. BIORES and the other relational data tables are described below in detail. See the Browse_Graphic section for a link to the entity-relationship diagram, which describes the way these tables relate to the geographic data layers and other attribute tables in the ESI data structure.Due to the complexity of the relational database model, the data items are also post-processed into a flat file format. This table, called BIOFILE, may be used in place of the relational files described below to ease simple data queries. The items in the flat file are ELEMENT, SUBELEMENT, NAME, GEN_SPEC, S, F, NHP, DATE_PUB, CONC, JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC, BREED1, BREED2, BREED3, BREED4, BREED5, RARNUM, G_SOURCE, S_SOURCE, and BREED. All of these items are the same as their counterparts in the individual data tables described below, except the BREED1-BREED5 and BREED items. BREED is a newly generated variable used to link to the BREED_DT data table, a modified, more compact version of the relational BREED data table. BREED1-BREED5 give a text summary of when each life stage occurs within the associated map object. The life stages referred to are the same as those listed in the Detailed_Description of the BREED data table. The link to the BIOFILE may be made through the BIO_LUT, using ID to link to RARNUM, or BIOFILE may be linked directly to the RARNUM in each of the geographic layer's attribute data tables. As mentioned, BREED_DT is an auxiliary support data table to the flat file structure, which allows the user to do searches based on month for seasonal breeding activities. The link from the flat file to BREED_DT is the BREED item.A second supporting data table is SOURCES. This is the same as the source file described above, and the link from the flat file is both G_SOURCE and S_SOURCE. It should be noted that although the flat file eases data query, it is not a normalized database structure, and actual updates performed by the states and other responsible agencies should be done using the relational data tables. The entity-relationship diagram, describing relationships between attribute tables in the ESI data structure, does NOT include the BIOFILE data table, and this data table is NOT described in detail below.

Entity Attribute Detail Citation:

Unknown

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; Coral Reef Conservation Program, Silver Spring, Maryland; and Pacific Services Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 506864
Date Effective From: 2006-03
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: 506866
Date Effective From: 2006-03
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: 506867
Date Effective From: 2006-03
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: 506865
Date Effective From: 2006-03
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 2004-2005. The currentness dates for the data range from 2002 to 2005 and are documented in the Lineage section.

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 506870
W° Bound: 144.567
E° Bound: 145.882
N° Bound: 15.344
S° Bound: 13.184

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 506869
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2002
End: 2005

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 588354
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 1544
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Curve Object Count: 202288
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 1544
Surface Object Present?: Yes
Surface Object Count: 2462

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 a Geodatabase; ARC export, MOSS, and Shape files; and MARPLOT map folders. An ArcMap .mxd file, an ArcView 3.x ESI project, and an 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: 506862
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 506883
Activity Date/Time: 2006-03
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 506882
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: 588352
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 603172
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 719129
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: bentpt.e00, birds.e00, esi.e00, fish.e00, habitats.e00, hydro.e00, index.e00, invert.e00, m_mammal.e00, mgt.e00, reptiles.e00, socecon.e00, vessels.e00, wetlands.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:

Spatial components for the biological data layers can come from expert interviews, hardcopy, or digital sources. Most of the spatial components of the biological data layers 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 base maps with a scale of 1:24,000 and 1:25,000. Some of the spatial components of the biological data sets are developed from pre-existing digital or hardcopy 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:

These data represent a synthesis of expert knowledge and digital data on benthic marine habitat (e.g. coral reefs, seagrass) and sensitive/rare plant distribution. See also the BENTPT (Benthic Points) data layer, part of the larger Guam and Northern Mariana Islands ESI database, for additional benthic habitat information. The HABITATS data do not necessarily represent all habitat occurrences in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name [n/a if not applicable]): 85, Seagrass, n/a; 620, Nipa palm, Nypa fruticans; 638, Turf algae, n/a; 1036, Macroalgae, n/a; 1052, Coral reef habitat, n/a; 1057, Coralline algae, n/a.

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.), and SQL SERVER(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. In the process of checking for topological and database consistencies, new ID's and RARNUM's or HUNUM's are also generated. The new ID's are a combination of atlas number, element number, and record number. In addition, the value used to represent the element is modified to reflect the type of feature being mapped. In the case of an element that is normally represented by a point or polygon, a value of 20 is added to the standard element value for mapping of linear features. In the case where an element usually mapped as a polygon is represented by a point, a value of 30 is added to the regular element value. The RARNUM's are also modified to include the atlas number, so multiple atlases can be combined and RARNUM's remain unique. RARNUM's are redefined on an element basis, so "resource at risk" groupings will contain only a single element. HUNUM's are also modified to include the atlas number.

Lineage

Sources

BENTHIC HABITATS OF THE SOUTHERN MARIANA ARCHIPELAGO PREP BY VISUAL INTERPRET

CC ID: 603176
Contact Name: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC), NOAA, NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE (NOS), NATIONAL CENTERS FOR COASTAL OCEAN SCIENCE (NCCOS), CENTER FOR COASTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT (CCMA), BIOGEOGRAPHY PROGRAM (BIOGEO)
Publish Date: 2004-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2002
Extent End Date/Time: 2004
Scale Denominator: 6000
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: DIGITAL VECTOR DATA | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

BIRDS, HABITATS, REPTILES, AND SOC_ECON FEATURES ON GUAM

CC ID: 603181
Contact Name: NARCIS, DANZEL (GUAM EPA)
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

DISTRIBUTION AND SEASONALITY OF SENSITIVE RESOURCES ON GUAM

CC ID: 603175
Contact Name: DAVIS, GERRY (NOAA, HONOLULU, HI)
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

DISTRIBUTION AND SEASONALITY OF SENSITIVE RESOURCES ON GUAM

CC ID: 603179
Contact Name: LEBERER, TRINA (THE NATURE CONSERVANCY [TNC])
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

DISTRIBUTION OF MARINE RESOURCES ON GUAM

CC ID: 603184
Contact Name: TIBBATTS, BRENT (GUAM DAWR)
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES ON NATIONAL PARK LANDS

CC ID: 603180
Contact Name: MINTON, DWAYNE (NATIONAL PARK SERVICE [NPS], GUAM)
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

DISTRIBUTION OF SENSITIVE MARINE RESOURCES ON CNMI

CC ID: 603178
Contact Name: HOUK, PETER (CNMI DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY [DEQ])
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

DISTRIBUTION OF SENSITIVE MARINE RESOURCES ON GUAM

CC ID: 603177
Contact Name: GAWEL, MIKE (GUAM ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [GEPA])
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

DISTRIBUTION OF SENSITIVE RESOURCES ON GUAM

CC ID: 603183
Contact Name: PORTER, VAL (GUAM DIVISION OF AQUATIC AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES [DAWR])
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

GUAM BENTHIC HABITAT DATA DRAFT 06_09_05

CC ID: 603182
Contact Name: NOAA (GUAM)
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: CD-ROM

HABITATS AND SOC_ECON RESOURCES ON GUAM

CC ID: 603173
Contact Name: BURDICK, DAVE (NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION [NOAA])
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

SAIPAN LAGOON BENTHIC DATA

CC ID: 603174
Contact Name: COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS (CNMI) DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (DEQ)
Publish Date: 2004-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2004
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: DIGITAL VECTOR DATA | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 603185
Description:

Two main sources of data were used to depict habitat distribution for this data layer: (1) personal interviews with resource experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Divison of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR), Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the National Park Service (NPS); and (2) digital coverages including: a 2004 Guam/CNMI vector polygon benthic habitat data set provided by the NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) Biogeography Program; a draft 2005 Guam vector polygon benthic habitat data set provided by the NOAA Pacific Island Technical Assistant - Guam; and a 2005 Saipan Lagoon benthic habitat data set provided by CNMI DEQ.The above digital and/or hardcopy sources were compiled by the project biologist to create the HABITATS data layer. Depending on the type of source data, three general approaches are used for compiling a biology data layer: (1) information gathered during initial interviews and from hardcopy sources are compiled onto U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 and 1:25,000 topographic quadrangles and digitized; (2) hardcopy maps are digitized at their source scale; (3) digital data layers are evaluated and used "as is" or integrated with the hardcopy data sources. See the Lineage section for additional information on the type of source data for this data layer. The compiled ESI, biology, and human-use data are plotted onto hardcopy draft maps. Following the delivery of draft maps to the participating resource experts, a second set of interviews is conducted to review the maps. If necessary, edits to the HABITATS data layer are made based on the recommendations of the resource experts, and final hardcopy maps and digital data are created.

Process Date/Time: 2005-08-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity BIORES
Entity BIO_LUT
Entity BREED
Entity HABITATS.PAT
Entity SEASONAL
Entity SOURCES
Entity SPECIES
Entity STATUS

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 40305
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40305
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 Next Review Date: 2019-02-09