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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: North Carolina 2016 ESI HERP (Herpetofauna Polygons), https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/40430.

Item Identification

Title: North Carolina 2016 ESI HERP (Herpetofauna Polygons)
Short Name: North Carolina 2016 ESI HERP Polygons
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2016-11
Abstract:

This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for sea turtles, northern diamondback terrapins, and other federally and/or state endangered, threatened, or rare reptiles and amphibians. Vector polygons in this data set represent federally and state protected reptile and amphibian nesting areas and distributions. Species-specific abundance, seasonality, status, life history, and source information are stored in associated data tables (described below) designed to be used in conjunction with this spatial data layer. This data set is a portion of the ESI data for North Carolina. As a whole, the ESI data characterize the marine and coastal environments and wildlife by their sensitivity to spilled oil, and include information for three main components: shoreline habitats, sensitive biological resources, and human-use resources.

Purpose:

The ESI data are intended to provide baseline 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. The ESI data may be appropriate for many other coastal management efforts, though the original intent should be kept in mind.

Notes:

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Other Citation Details:

Prepared by Quantum Spatial Inc., Corvallis, Oregon for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Emergency Response Division, Seattle, Washington

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > AMPHIBIANS
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > REPTILES
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > OIL SPILLS
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Category biota
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
None Coastal resources
None Coastal Zone Management
None Environmental Monitoring
None Environmental Sensitivity Index
None ESI
None Herpetofauna
None Oil spill planning
None Sensitivity maps

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > NORTH CAROLINA
UNCONTROLLED
None Albemarle Sound
None Pamlico Sound

Physical Location

Organization: Office of Response and Restoration
City: Seattle
State/Province: WA
Country: USA

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: GIS Files
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Maintenance Note:

Data content is considered static once published. However, if issues with the Geodatabase linkages or table contents are identified, the Geodatabase and/or the associated Map Document may be updated. Assure most current data is being used by downloading from https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download and/or comparing modification dates provided at this site.

Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

The primary attribute tables associated with the ESI biology data are BIOFILE, SOURCES, and BREED_DT. The geographic data layer containing biological resource information (in this case, HERP) is linked to the BIOFILE using the RARNUM field. There is a many-to-many relationship from the data layer to the BIOFILE, as an RARNUM may be repeated in several geographic features. Likewise, in the BIOFILE, the same RARNUM may appear in multiple records, representing a unique combination of species found in that region. To be represented by the same RARNUM, these species groups must also share the same seasonality, concentration, mapping qualifier, and source information. The items in the BIOFILE are ELEMENT, SUBELEMENT, NAME, GEN_SPEC, S, F, STATE, S_DATE, F_DATE, GRANK, GRANKDATE, MAPPING_QUALIFIER, 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. The G_SOURCE and S_SOURCE fields provide links to the SOURCES table, where object level source information is available. The BREED field is the link to the BREED_DT table, where searchable breed information is provided. The links to both of these tables are also many-to-many. During the collection of the ESI data, six relational data tables are used to store the attribute data. These are the BIORES, BREED, SEASONAL, SOURCES, SPECIES, and STATUS tables. When we create new ESI data, we populate these tables to maintain the integrity of the data collected. Once completed, all information populating these tables is collapsed into the BIOFILE to ease data queries and general usability of the final product.

Entity Attribute Detail Citation:

NOAA ESI Guidelines

Entity Attribute Detail URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_guidelines
Distribution Liability:

Although these data have been processed and used successfully on a computer system at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 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. If problems are encountered in downloading the ESI data or with file corruption, contact NOAA (see Distributor). These data represent a snapshot in time and temporal changes may have occurred. The data are not intended to include all biological or human-use resources present in an area; they focus on species and resources particularly sensitive to oiling. In the event of a spill, they should be used for a first assessment only. The data providers are the experts with regard to individual resources. They should be contacted to confirm if more current data exist or if in-depth information is needed about a particular resource.

Data Set Credit: This project was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Emergency Response Division (ERD), Seattle, Washington.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 510988
Date Effective From: 2016-11
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: 510990
Date Effective From: 2016-11
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: 510991
Date Effective From: 2016-11
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: 510989
Date Effective From: 2016-11
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: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 782233
W° Bound: -78.6308
E° Bound: -75.2142
N° Bound: 36.5819
S° Bound: 33.6182
Description

This reflects the extent of all land and water features included in the overall North Carolina ESI study region. The bounding box for this particular feature class may vary depending on occurrences identified and mapped.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 782234
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2014
End: 2016
Description:

Time Frame Range starts with ESI Project Start Year, and ends with ESI Atlas Publication Year.

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes
Text / Table: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 782235
Topology Level: Geometry Only
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 2472

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Data can be accessed by downloading the zipped ArcGIS geodatabase from the Download URL (see Distribution Information). Questions can be directed to the ESI Program Manager (Point Of Contact).

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

DO NOT USE MAPS FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES. Management boundaries are not to be considered legal boundaries. Edges may have been altered for cartographic processes. 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. Besides the above warnings, there are no use constraints on these data. Acknowledgment of the originators, publishers, contributors, and sources listed would be appreciated in products derived from these data.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 510995
Start Date: 2016
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download
Distributor: ESI Program Manager (2016-11 - Present)
File Name: NCarolina_2016_GDB.zip
Description:

Downloadable Data

File Date/Time: 2016-11-21 00:00:00
File Type: Arc Geodatabase
File Size: 333 MB
Compression: Zip

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 510986
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi
Name: ESI Overview
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: html
Description:

Overview of ESI data content and uses.

URL 2

CC ID: 782238
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_guidelines
Name: ESI Guidelines
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: pdf
Description:

Guidelines for developing ESI data content and overview of ESI data structure. Useful for data collectors and users requiring more in depth information on the ESI process.

URL 3

CC ID: 782239
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/ESI-Browse-Graphic.pdf
Name: ESI Browse Graphic
URL Type:
Browse Graphic
File Resource Format: pdf
Description:

ESI Browse Graphic depicts the relationships between the spatial data layers and the attribute data tables for the North Carolina ESI data.

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 511008
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 511007
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: 589670
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 719252
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment

Description:

The software package used to develop the atlas is Environmental Systems Research Institute's ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2(R). The hardware configuration is PCs with Windows Operating System 7.

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, 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. Some of the spatial components of the biological data layers may have been 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 digital base maps with a scale of 1:24,000 or larger. 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. 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. 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 a synthesis of digital data, expert knowledge, unpublished reports, and survey data on sea turtle distributions, and northern diamondback terrapin and other federally and state protected reptile and amphibian nesting areas and distributions. These data do not necessarily represent all herpetofauna occurrences in North Carolina. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name or n/a if not applicable): 2, Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas; 3, American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis; 4, Kemp's ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii; 5, Leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea; 6, Loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta; 7, Diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin; 9, Hawksbill sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata; 25, Rainbow snake, Farancia erytrogramma; 29, Carolina gopher frog, Lithobates capito; 37, Rare snake, n/a; 124, Coral snake, Micrurus sp.; 196, Carolina water snake, Nerodia sipedon williamengelsi; 204, Eastern kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula; 217, Eastern diamond-backed rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus; 243, Chicken turtle, Deirochelys reticularia; 244, Coachwhip, Coluber flagellum; 246, Southern hog-nosed snake, Heterodon simus; 248, Neuse River waterdog, Necturus lewisi; 249, Ornate chorus frog, Pseudacris ornata; 250, Southern chorus frog, Pseudacris nigrita.

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, and SQL SERVER(R) to ArcGIS(R) consistencies. A final review is made by the GIS manager, before the final Geodatabase and metadata are created. After the data are delivered to NOAA, they are again subjected to several consistency checks, and processed into the final delivery format.

Lineage

Sources

ANIMAL DIVERSITY WEB

CC ID: 781877
Contact Name: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Citation URL: http://animaldiversity.org/
Citation URL Name: Citation URL
Citation URL Description:

This is the location where this source was originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

WEBSITE

APPLICATION FOR AN INDIVIDUAL INCIDENTAL TAKE PERMIT UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT OF 1973 (SEA TURTLES)

CC ID: 781874
Contact Name: NORTH CAROLINA DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES (NCDMF)
Publish Date: 2012-01-01
Citation URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/permits/ncdmf_seaturtle_itp_application2012.pdf
Citation URL Name: Citation URL
Citation URL Description:

This is the location where this source was originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

DOCUMENT

CONSTRICTED MIGRATORY CRITICAL HABITAT FOR THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC OCEAN DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENT OF LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE (CARETTA CARETTA)

CC ID: 781867
Contact Name: NOAA FISHERIES SERVICE
Publish Date: 2014-07-10
Citation URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/gis/data/critical.htm
Citation URL Name: Citation URL
Citation URL Description:

This is the location where this source was originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

VECTOR DIGITAL DATA

EASTERN KINGSNAKE (LAMPROPELTIS GETULA)

CC ID: 781879
Contact Name: SAVANNAH RIVER ECOLOGY LABORATORY
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Citation URL: http://srelherp.uga.edu/
Citation URL Name: Citation URL
Citation URL Description:

This is the location where this source was originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

WEBSITE

ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES: CRITICAL HABITAT FOR THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC OCEAN LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENT

CC ID: 781870
Contact Name: NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE (NMFS)
Publish Date: 2014-07-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

DOCUMENT

ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES: DESIGNATION OF CRITICAL HABITAT FOR THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC OCEAN LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENTS (DPS) AND DETERMINATION REGARDING CRITICAL HABITAT FOR THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN LOGGERHEAD DPS

CC ID: 781871
Contact Name: NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE (NMFS)
Publish Date: 2013-07-18
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

DOCUMENT

NATURAL HERITAGE ELEMENT OCCURRENCES

CC ID: 781865
Contact Name: NORTH CAROLINA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Publish Date: 2016-04-08
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Source Contribution:

VECTOR DIGITAL DATA

NATURESERVE EXPLORER: AN ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE [WEB APPLICATION], VERSION 7.1

CC ID: 781876
Contact Name: NATURESERVE EXPLORER
Publish Date: 2015-10-01
Citation URL: http://exploder.natureserve.org
Citation URL Name: Citation URL
Citation URL Description:

This is the location where this source was originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

WEBSITE

NC_SEATURTLENESTS_2006-2015

CC ID: 781866
Contact Name: DR. MATTHEW GODFREY, SEA TURTLE PROGRAM COORDINATOR, NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION
Publish Date: 2016-01-13
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2006
Extent End Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

SPREADSHEET

NEARSHORE REPRODUCTIVE CRITICAL HABITAT FOR THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC OCEAN DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENT OF LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE (CARETTA CARETTA)

CC ID: 781868
Contact Name: NOAA FISHERIES SERVICE
Publish Date: 2014-07-10
Citation URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/gis/data/critical.htm
Citation URL Name: Citation URL
Citation URL Description:

This is the location where this source was originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

VECTOR DIGITAL DATA

NORTHERN WATERSNAKE - NERODIA SIPEDON SIPEDON

CC ID: 781878
Contact Name: VIRGINIA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Publish Date: 2016-09-01
Source Contribution:

WEBSITE

SEA TURTLE NEST MONITORING SYSTEM; NORTH CAROLINA WRC SEA TURTLE PROJECT

CC ID: 781873
Contact Name: SEATURTLE.ORG
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2009
Extent End Date/Time: 2016
Citation URL: http://www.seaturtle.org/nestdb/?view=1
Citation URL Name: Citation URL
Citation URL Description:

This is the location where this source was originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

WEBSITE

SENSITIVE RESOURCES OF THE RACHEL CARSON RESERVE AND SURROUNDING AREA

CC ID: 781872
Contact Name: PAULA GILLIKIN, RACHEL CARSON NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE
Publish Date: 2016-05-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-05
Source Contribution:

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE

SPECIES PROFILE: SOUTHERN HOGNOSE SNAKE (HETERODON SIMUS) ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES - TECHNICAL REPORT SERDP-98-4

CC ID: 781875
Contact Name: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION
Publish Date: 1998-01-01
Source Contribution:

DOCUMENT

WINTER CRITICAL HABITAT FOR THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC OCEAN DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENT OF LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE (CARETTA CARETTA)

CC ID: 781869
Contact Name: NOAA FISHERIES SERVICE
Publish Date: 2014-07-10
Citation URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/gis/data/critical.htm
Citation URL Name: Citation URL
Citation URL Description:

This is the location where this source was originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

VECTOR DIGITAL DATA

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 510984
Description:

Five species of sea turtles use North Carolina beaches for nesting during the spring and summer months. The loggerhead sea turtle (state and federally threatened) is the most numerous accounting for over 1,500 nests each year. Green sea turtles (state and federally threatened) and Kemp\x92s ridley sea turtles are far less common only averaging 5-20 nests annually. Recently both leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles (both federally and state endangered) have been documented nesting in North Carolina, although numbers remain low. Nesting locations (2006-2015) were received from the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission as point locations but were converted to polygons stretching along the beaches on which the nest was laid. Concentration values were converted to nest per square kilometer of beach (loggerheads) or the total number of nests (all other sea turtles) per beach. The high count per survey year per beach was used when calculating concentration values. High use migration, wintering, and interesting areas were mapped as polygons for loggerhead sea turtles using information from the USFWS Critical Habitat designation. Additional high use areas in the bays and estuaries were identified for juvenile sea turtles using information from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Other reptile and amphibian species were added to the atlas based on their conservation status, their dependence on the aquatic environment during sensitive life stages (breeding in particular), their rarity in the region, or based on expert input. The bulk of the data was obtained from NC NHP and from interviews with resource experts. See the Lineage section for additional information on the type of source data for this data layer. The ESI, biology, and human-use data are compiled into the standard ESI digital data format. A second set of interviews with participating resource experts are conducted to review the compiled data. If necessary, edits to the HERPS data layer are made based on the recommendations of the resource experts and digital data are created.

Process Date/Time: 2016-11-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity BIOFILE
Entity BREED_DT
Entity REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN POLYS
Entity SOURCES

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 40430
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40430
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: 2021-11-30 16:28+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-11-13
Owner Org: ORR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year