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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Louisiana ESI: REPTILES (Reptile and Amphibian Polygons), https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/40362.

Item Identification

Title: Louisiana ESI: REPTILES (Reptile and Amphibian Polygons)
Short Name: Louisiana_reptiles
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2004-10
Abstract:

This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for reptiles and amphibians in coastal Louisiana. Vector polygons represent reptile and amphibian habitats, with nest density values by habitat zone and parish or management unit. 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.This data set comprises a portion of the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) data for Louisiana. 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:

1884

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; Minerals Management Service (MMS), New Orleans, Louisiana; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Lafayette, Louisiana; The Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO), Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Supplemental Information:

Resource Description - ESI Atlas for Louisiana

Keywords

Theme Keywords

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

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Louisiana

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, REPTILES) 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 Louisiana atlas, the number is 33) 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, T_E, 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, in cooperation with Minerals Management Service (MMS), New Orleans, Louisiana; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Lafayette, Louisiana; The Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO), Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 508822
Date Effective From: 2004-10
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: 508824
Date Effective From: 2004-10
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: 508825
Date Effective From: 2004-10
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: 508823
Date Effective From: 2004-10
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 2002-2003. The currentness dates for these data range from 1988 to 2001 and are documented in the Source_Information section.

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 508828
W° Bound: -94
E° Bound: -88.792
N° Bound: 30.625
S° Bound: 28.875

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 508827
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1988
End: 2001

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 588819
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 12253
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Curve Object Count: 1154025
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 12253
Surface Object Present?: Yes
Surface Object Count: 14452

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: 508820
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 508843
Activity Date/Time: 2004-10
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 508842
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: 588523
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 588818
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 603796
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

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: birds.e00, esi.e00, fish.e00, habitats.e00, hydro.e00, index.e00, invert.e00, lg_index.e00, mgt.e00, parish.e00, nests.e00, reptiles.e00, roads.e00, sm_index.e00, socecon.e00, t_mammal.e00. Associated relational and desktop data tables provided in Arc export and text format are bio_lut, biores, biofile, 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.

Completeness Report:

These data represent a synthesis of expert knowledge and available digital and hardcopy maps describing major reptile and amphibian resources in coastal Louisiana. These data do not represent all reptile/amphibian occurrences in Louisiana. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name, if applicable): 3, American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis; 34, Rare lizard; 35, Threatened aquatic turtle; 37, Rare snake; 39, Threatened sea turtle; 111, Rare terrestrial/aquatic turtle; 112, Rare amphibian.2.4.1.1 Horizontal Positional Accuracy ReportThe spatial components of the biological data sets were 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 source data 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.

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. The GIS manager makes a final review, 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 normally represented by a point or polygon is mapped by a linear feature, a value of 20 is added to the standard element value. 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

Alligator Nest Survey Data

CC ID: 603797
Contact Name: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Fur and Refuge Division (Kinler, N.)
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1996
Extent End Date/Time: 2000
Source Contribution:

Alligator nest densities by habitat or management unit | Source Geospatial Form: Hardcopy table | Type of Source Media: paper

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Louisiana Habitat Data

CC ID: 603800
Contact Name: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC)
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1988
Scale Denominator: 24000
Source Contribution:

Coastal habitat data | Source Geospatial Form: Digital polys | Type of Source Media: Disk

Gulf-Wide Information System, Louisiana: Alligators

CC ID: 603804
Contact Name: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Louisiana State University (LSU), Center for Coastal, Energy and Environmental Resources (CCEER) and the Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), and Research Planning, Inc. (RPI)
Publish Date: 2001-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2001
Source Contribution:

Reptile distributions and seasonality | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: CD-ROM

Gulf-Wide Information System, Louisiana: NHP

CC ID: 603805
Contact Name: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Louisiana State University (LSU), Center for Coastal, Energy and Environmental Resources (CCEER) and the Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), and Research Planning, Inc. (RPI)
Publish Date: 2001-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2001
Source Contribution:

Natural Heritage Program (NHP) distributions and seasonality information | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: CD-ROM

Louisiana Coastal Marsh Vegetative Type Map

CC ID: 603801
Contact Name: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC)
Publish Date: 1997-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1997
Source Contribution:

Coastal marsh type data | Source Geospatial Form: Digital polys | Type of Source Media: Disk

Louisiana Element Occurrence Record (EOR) Database

CC ID: 603799
Contact Name: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana Natural Heritage Program (LNHP) (Lester, G.)
Publish Date: 1999-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1999
Source Contribution:

Coordinates and description of LNHP element occurrences for Louisiana | Source Geospatial Form: Digital table | Type of Source Media: Disk

Louisiana Stewardship Areas

CC ID: 603802
Contact Name: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC)
Publish Date: 2000-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1999
Source Contribution:

Wildlife Management Areas and National Wildlife Refuge boundaries | Source Geospatial Form: Digital polys | Type of Source Media: Disk

Parish boundaries of Louisiana

CC ID: 603803
Contact Name: Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO)
Publish Date: 2000-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2000
Source Contribution:

Parish boundaries | Source Geospatial Form: Digital polys | Type of Source Media: Disk

Plants and Animals of the Louisiana Coastal Zone

CC ID: 603798
Contact Name: Lester, G.
Publish Date: 1988-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1988
Source Contribution:

Seasonality and life-history information for selected species | Source Geospatial Form: Hard text | Type of Source Media: paper

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 603806
Description:

The main sources of data used to depict sensitive reptile/amphibian distributions and seasonality for this data layer were the Minerals Management Service (MMS) Gulf-Wide Information System's alligators and (Natural Heritage Program) NHP layers. The alligator layer was modified to depict the general distributions of these resources by habitat type. This process merged specific distributions based on the population density of each species in a particular habitat, creating general distributions with a range of population densities. The lineage information listed in the previous section refers to the source lineage of the alligators and NHP layers from the Gulf-Wide Information System. For further information regarding the process description of these layers, please refer to the metadata documents entitled "Gulf-Wide Information Systems, Louisiana: Alligators" and "Gulf-Wide Information Systems, Louisiana: NHP". Metadata documents are available from the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO) at this address: David Gisclair, Technical Assistance Program Director, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, Office of the Governor, 150 Third Street, Suite 405, Baton Rouge, LA 70801. Other contact methods include: phone (225) 578-7817, fax (225) 578-6400, and email dgisclair@lsu.edu.

Process Date/Time: 2003-12-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

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

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 40362
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40362
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 14:51+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2017-11-09
Owner Org: ORR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2018-11-10