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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Sensitivity of Coastal Environments and Wildlife to Spilled Oil: New Hampshire: ESI (Environmental Sensitivity Index Shoreline Types - Polygons and Lines),

Item Identification

Title: Sensitivity of Coastal Environments and Wildlife to Spilled Oil: New Hampshire: ESI (Environmental Sensitivity Index Shoreline Types - Polygons and Lines)
Short Name: New_Hampshire_esi
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2004-03

This data set contains vector lines and polygons representing the shoreline and coastal habitats of New Hampshire classified according to the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) classification system. This data set comprises a portion of the ESI for New Hampshire. 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.


This data was collected, mapped, and digitized to provide environmental data for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Estuaries Project response plans for immediate and effective protection of sensitive resources.



Other Citation Details:

Prepared by Research Planning, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Concord, New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Estuaries Project, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Formatted to national Environmental Sensitivity Index standards by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Hazardous Materials Response Division, Seattle, Washington.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
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
None New Hampshire

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: The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Estuaries Project supported this project. Steve Croce with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services served as contract manager for the project. Carroll Brown, Jr. and Lynn Woodard with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services contributed significantly to the project, as did Phil Trowbridge with the New Hampshire Estuaries Project and individuals from several state and federal agencies and other organizations. At Research Planning, Inc. (RPI), Heidi Hinkeldey was the project manager. Lee Diveley performed the data processing under the supervision of Mark White, GIS Manager. Heidi Hinkeldey, Chris Locke, and Vermell Pyatt prepared the final metadata.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 512704
Date Effective From: 2004-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:


CC ID: 512706
Date Effective From: 2004-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 512707
Date Effective From: 2004-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 512705
Date Effective From: 2004-03
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: The data were compiled during 2003. The currentness dates for this data ranges from 1956 to 2003 and is documented in the Source_Information section.

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 512710
W° Bound: -71
E° Bound: -70.533
N° Bound: 43.25
S° Bound: 42.867

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 512709
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2003
End: 2004

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 588957
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 1151
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Curve Object Count: 60486
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 1151
Surface Object Present?: Yes
Surface Object Count: 3820

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:


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.



CC ID: 512702
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 512722
Activity Date/Time: 2004-03

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 512721
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05

Converted from Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 588955
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 604551
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 719310
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment


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: bio_lut.e00, birds.e00, biofile.e00, biores.e00, breed.e00, breed_dt.e00, esi.e00, fish.e00, habitats.e00, hydro.e00, index.e00, invert.e00, m_mammal.e00, mgt.e00, nests.e00, reptiles.e00, seasonal.e00, soc_dat.e00, soc_lut.e00, socecon.e00, sources.e00, species.e00, status.e00, t_mammal.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


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 1:24,000 USGS topographic quads should conform to National Map Accuracy Standards at scales of 1:24,000. The minimum mapping unit (MMU) of the actual shoreline classification segments is estimated at 50 meters when mapping is conducted using 1:24,000 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 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.



ESI Overflight

CC ID: 604552
Contact Name: Colin Plank, Research Planning Inc.
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2003
Scale Denominator: 24000
Source Contribution:

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


CC ID: 604553
Contact Name: Complex Systems research Center, University of New Hampshire (CSRC, UNH)
Publish Date: 1992-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1956
Extent End Date/Time: 1992
Scale Denominator: 24000
Source Contribution:

Hydrology information | Source Geospatial Form: Digital Vector Data | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 604554

The intertidal shoreline habitats of New Hampshire were mapped during overflights and ground surveys conducted by an experienced coastal geologist in October 2003. The overflights of New Hampshire were conducted using a fixed-wing aircraft, flying at elevations of 400-600 feet and slow air speed. During this work, the ESI rankings of observed intertidal shoreline habitats was denoted directly onto the shoreline depicted on 1:24,000-scale USGS topographic maps. Where appropriate, revisions to the existing shoreline were made; where necessary multiple habitats were described for each shoreline segment. In addition to the ESI shoreline habitats, wetland data for New Hampshire are also depicted on the maps. The Complex Systems Research Center, University of New Hampshire delineated wetlands for the study area. The coastal geologist classified the wetlands based on overflight and ground survey experience.

Process Date/Time: 2004-03-01 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: 40488
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40488
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 14:52+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