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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Puerto Rico ESI/RSI: MGT (Management Areas),

Item Identification

Title: Puerto Rico ESI/RSI: MGT (Management Areas)
Short Name: P_Rico_mgt
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2001-06

This data set comprises the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) and Reach Sensitivity Index (RSI) data for Puerto Rico. ESI data characterize estuarine 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. Most rivers and streams can be readily subdivided into clear-cut segments, or reaches (RSI), that have very distinct and uniform characteristics within that reach of the stream. The definition of reach type is usually based on whatever the intended use of the reach classification might be. In this project, stream reaches are defined as those segments where similar spill-response modes and potential ecological and/or socioeconomic impacts from the spill are to be anticipated. However defined, the boundary of the reach is usually marked by an abrupt change in the morphology of the stream, a change commonly, but not always, brought about by an alteration in the stream's gradient. This data set contains polygonal data for human-use resources.


The ESI and RSI 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.



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, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales, and United States Department of the Interior.

Supplemental Information:

Resource Description - ESI/RSI Atlas for Puerto Rico


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 Human Use
None Management
None Oil spill planning
None RSI
None Sensitivity maps

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Puerto Rico

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: atlas
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, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales and United States Department of the Interior.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 514005
Date Effective From: 2001-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:


CC ID: 514007
Date Effective From: 2001-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 514008
Date Effective From: 2001-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 514006
Date Effective From: 2001-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Project time span

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 514011
W° Bound: -68.168
E° Bound: -65.167
N° Bound: 18.711
S° Bound: 17.517

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 514010
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1998-07
End: 2001-06

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 589071
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 588
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Curve Object Count: 105572
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 588
Surface Object Present?: Yes
Surface Object Count: 823

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Contact NOAA for distribution options (see Distribution_Information).;

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. Acknowledgment of the publishers and contributing sources listed in Data_Set_Credit (below) would be appreciated in products derived from these data.



CC ID: 514003
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 514025
Activity Date/Time: 2001-06

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 514024
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: 589069
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 604921
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 719348
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 8.0.2) and ORACLE(r) RDBMS (version The hardware configuration is Hewlett Packard workstations (models 715/50 and 712/80i with 4 X-terminals) with UNIX operating system (HP-UX Release A.10.20). The following files are included in the data set: benthic.e00, birds.e00, bio_lut.e00, biofile.e00, biores.e00, breed.e00, breed_dt.e00, esi.e00, fish.e00, fishl.e00, habitats.e00, hydro.e00, index.e00, invert.e00, invertl.e00, karst.e00, mgt.e00, m_mammal.e00, reptiles.e00, seasonal.e00, shelfbnd.e00, soc_dat.e00, soc_lut.e00, socecon.e00, sources.e00, species.e00, stations.e00, status.e00, t_mammal.e00, wetlands.e00.

Data Quality


The attribute accuracy is estimated to be "good" given the years of ESI experience, the data input methodology, the quality control review sessions, and the digital logical consistency checks.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

The majority of management area data came from existing digital sources. See the Lineage section (below) for specific information on each source. For the few management areas not covered by existing sources, hard copy boundary information was transferred to USGS 1:20,000 and 1:30,000 topographic quadrangles and digitized.

Completeness Report:

Human-Use Resources: Several human-use, or socioeconomic, features are included in ESI/RSI atlases. Entity points and complete chains (arcs) are digitized into the data layer SOCECON and managed area polygonal data (GT-polygons) are stored in the MGT data layer. Both data sets are linked to the data table SOC_DAT using the SOC_LUT lookup table and the items HUNUM and ID. HUNUM is a unique reference number concatenated with the atlas number (for Puerto Rico this is 66). ID is a unique combination of the atlas number (66), an element specific number (MGT = 11) and a unique record number. The TYPE item for polygons may contain the following values: Designated Critical Habitat, CH; Forest, FO; National Park, NP; Marine Sanctuary, MS; Wildlife Refuge, WR. The table SOC_DAT contains the human-use number (HUNUM), feature type (TYPE), name of the facility (NAME), owner/manager or contact person (CONTACT), telephone number (PHONE), geographic source (G_SOURCE), and attribute source (A_SOURCE). Detailed contact information is only included for select management features, where available. Source information is included for all features.

Conceptual Consistency:

The human-use resources were obtained in either digital format or in hardcopy format on 1:20,000 and 1:30,000 scale topographic quadrangles. Under this project, new digital data sources are imported, projected, checked for quality control, and integrated into the spatial data structure (for selected resources). The data are checked using both digital and on-screen procedures. To finalize the data checking process, each data layer is checked using a standardized form by two GIS personnel (a technician and the GIS manager), and each attribute database is checked using several programs that test the files for missing or duplicate data, rules for proper coding, GIS topological consistencies (such as dangles, unnecessary nodes, 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. 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 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. The section Spatial_Data_Organization_Information refers to the source files in ARC export format only.



Caribbean National Forest, Puerto Rico (Boundary Map)

CC ID: 604925
Contact Name: U.S. Forest Service
Publish Date: 1981-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1962
Extent End Date/Time: 1981
Scale Denominator: 20000
Source Contribution:

Forest data | Source Geospatial Form: Maps | Type of Source Media: paper

Maps of National Wildlife Refuge Boundaries

CC ID: 604924
Contact Name: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Real Estate Division
Source Contribution:

Wildlife refuge data | Source Geospatial Form: Maps | Type of Source Media: Poa

Natural Reserves, Wildlife Refuges, and Commonwealth Forests of Puerto Rico

CC ID: 604926
Contact Name: Puerto Rico Department of Planning Natural Resources, San Juan Contacts: E. Diaz, R. Matos, E. Gonzalez, PR DPNR, San Juan
Source Contribution:

Wildlife refuge, forest, and marine sanctuary data | Source Geospatial Form: Vetcor digital data | Type of Source Media: Disk

USGS Topographic Quadrangles

CC ID: 604922
Contact Name: U.S. Geological Survey
Publish Date: 1982-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1944
Extent End Date/Time: 1982
Source Contribution:

National park data | Source Geospatial Form: Maps | Type of Source Media: paper

Various Natural Resource and Human-use Features for Puerto Rico

CC ID: 604923
Contact Name: Lopez, F., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Boqueron
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1999
Source Contribution:

Wildlife refuge data | Source Geospatial Form: Expert knowledge | Type of Source Media: Personal communication

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 604927

All the digital data were checked using both digital and on-screen procedures, plotted, checked by the biological expert, edited to remove any errors, and plotted for review by the regional specialists. The reviewed maps were updated on the computer, checked once again, and plotted at final map scale. A team of specialists reviewed the entire series of maps, checked all data, and made final edits. The data were merged to form the study-wide layers that are described in the document. The data merging included a final quality control check where topological consistency, rules for geography, and database to geography were checked and validated for all relationships.

Process Date/Time: 2001-06-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity GT-Polygon

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 40526
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40526
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