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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Sensitivity of Coastal Environments and Wildlife to Spilled Oil: Northern California: NESTS (Nest Points), https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/40795.

Item Identification

Title: Sensitivity of Coastal Environments and Wildlife to Spilled Oil: Northern California: NESTS (Nest Points)
Short Name: ncal_nests
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2008-12
Abstract:

This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for seabirds, diving birds, gulls, terns, and shorebirds in Northern California. Vector points in this data set represent bird nesting and roosting sites. 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 Northern California. 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. See also the BIRDS (Bird Polygons) data layer, part of the larger Northern California ESI database, for additional bird information.

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:

1956

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, Emergency Response Division (formerly Hazardous Materials Response Division), Seattle, Washington and Assessment and Restoration Division, Silver Spring, Maryland; Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Incident Management and Preparedness, Washington, D.C.; and Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Sacramento, California.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Category biota
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
NOS Data Explorer Topic Category Environmental Monitoring
None Bird
None Coastal resources
None Coastal Zone Management
None ESI
None Nest
None Oil spill planning
None Sensitivity maps
None Wildlife

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Northern California

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, NESTS) 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 Northern California atlas, the number is 207), 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:

http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi

Distribution Liability:

Although these data have been processed 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, 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, Emergency Response Division (formerly Hazardous Materials Response Division), Seattle, Washington and Assessment and Restoration Division, Silver Spring, Maryland; Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Incident Management and Preparedness, Washington, D.C.; and Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Sacramento, California.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 524080
Date Effective From: 2008-12
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: 524082
Date Effective From: 2008-12
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: 524083
Date Effective From: 2008-12
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: 524081
Date Effective From: 2008-12
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 2007. The currentness dates for the data range from 1975 to 2007 and are documented in the Lineage section.

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 524086
W° Bound: -124.458
E° Bound: -122.75
N° Bound: 42
S° Bound: 37.979

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 524085
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1975
End: 2007

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 589434
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 127

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 the widest community of GIS/mapping users. Distribution formats include Access Personal Geodatabase, ARC export files, Shape files, and MARPLOT map folders. An ArcMap .mxd file, an ArcView 3.x ESI project, and an ESI_Viewer product for use with the MARPLOT data are also included on the distribution CDs/DVDs 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: 524076
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 2

CC ID: 524077
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_guidelines
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 3

CC ID: 524078
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 524100
Activity Date/Time: 2015-05-15
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 524099
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: 589432
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 607723
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 719609
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\xAE (version 9.2) and SQL SERVER\xAE (version 2000). The hardware configuration is PCs with Windows Operating System (2000/XP/2003). 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, fishl.e00, habitats.e00, hydro.e00, index.e00, invert.e00, m_mammal.e00, mgt.e00, nests.e00, reptiles.e00, socecon.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, 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. 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 hardcopy base maps with a scale of 1:24,000. 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, available hardcopy documents, survey data, and digital data on bird nesting and roosting locations. See also the BIRDS (Bird Polygons) data layer, part of the larger Northern California ESI database, for additional bird information. These data do not necessarily represent all nest occurrences in Northern California. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name [n/a if not applicable]): 8, Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus; 9, Brandt's cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus; 10, Pelagic cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus; 37, Western gull, Larus occidentalis; 46, Common murre, Uria aalge; 47, Pigeon guillemot, Cepphus columba; 49, Cassin's auklet, Ptychoramphus aleuticus; 50, Rhinoceros auklet, Cerorhinca monocerata; 51, Tufted puffin, Fratercula cirrhata; 68, Black oystercatcher, Haematopus bachmani; 96, Leach's storm-petrel, Oceanodroma leucorhoa; 102, Fork-tailed storm-petrel, Oceanodroma furcata; 118, Brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis; 144, Ashy storm-petrel, Oceanodroma homochroa; 626, American peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus anatum.

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\xAE to ARC/INFO\xAE consistencies. A final review is made by the GIS manager, where the data are written to CD or DVD, 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 IDs and RARNUMs or HUNUMs are also generated. The new IDs 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 RARNUMs are also modified to include the atlas number, so multiple atlases can be combined and RARNUMs remain unique. RARNUMs are redefined on an element basis, so "resource at risk" groupings will contain only a single element. HUNUMs are also modified to include the atlas number.

Lineage

Sources

CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN

CC ID: 607724
Contact Name: CALIFORNIA STATE OFFICE, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, U.S. DOI
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

NESTS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: HARDCOPY TEXT | Type of Source Media: paper

CHANGES IN BREEDING POPULATION SIZE OF BRANDT'S AND DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS IN CALIFORNIA, 1975-2003

CC ID: 607725
Contact Name: CAPITOLO, CARTER, YOUNG, MCCHESNEY, MCIVER, GOLIGHTLY, AND GRESS
Publish Date: 2004-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1975
Extent End Date/Time: 2003
Source Contribution:

NESTS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: HARDCOPY TEXT | Type of Source Media: paper

COASTAL RESOURCE DISTRIBUTION AND SEASONALITY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

CC ID: 607729
Contact Name: LEVALLEY, R. (MAD RIVER BIOLOGISTS, ARCATA)
Publish Date: 2007-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2007
Source Contribution:

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

COLONIES

CC ID: 607731
Contact Name: NOAA NATIONAL CENTERS FOR COASTAL OCEAN SCIENCE (NCCOS) AND NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE (NMFS)
Publish Date: 2003-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1989
Extent End Date/Time: 1991
Source Contribution:

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

COLONIES

CC ID: 607730
Contact Name: NOAA NATIONAL CENTERS FOR COASTAL OCEAN SCIENCE (NCCOS) AND NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE (NMFS)
Publish Date: 2003-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1989
Extent End Date/Time: 1991
Source Contribution:

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

DISTRIBUTION AND SEASONALITY OF GFNMS SPECIES AND SOC_ECON FEATURES

CC ID: 607734
Contact Name: ROLETTO, J. (NOAA, GFNMS)
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

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

MONTEREY BIRDS

CC ID: 607733
Contact Name: ROBERSON, D.
Publish Date: 2002-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

NESTS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: HARDCOPY TEXT | Type of Source Media: paper

NORTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA BIRDS

CC ID: 607728
Contact Name: HARRIS, S.
Publish Date: 2006-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2006
Source Contribution:

NESTS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: HARDCOPY TEXT | Type of Source Media: paper

POPULATION MONITORING OF SEABIRDS IN CALIFORNIA: COLONY/SUBCOLONY DATABASES FOR 1985-1995 SURVEYS OF BREEDING COLONIES OF COMU, BRCO, DCCO

CC ID: 607727
Contact Name: CARTER, H.R., P.J. CAPITOLO, G.J. MCCHESNEY, W.R. MCIVER, AND J.E. TAKEKAWA
Publish Date: 2000-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1985
Extent End Date/Time: 1995
Source Contribution:

NESTS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: HARDCOPY TEXT | Type of Source Media: paper

REGIONAL SEABIRD CONSERVATION PLAN, PACIFIC REGION

CC ID: 607735
Contact Name: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS) PACIFIC REGION
Publish Date: 2005-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Source Contribution:

NESTS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: HARDCOPY TEXT | Type of Source Media: online

SENSITIVITY OF COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS AND WILDLIFE TO SPILLED OIL: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

CC ID: 607732
Contact Name: NOAA NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE (NOS) OFFICE OF RESPONSE AND RESTORATION (OR&R) HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE DIVISION
Publish Date: 2001-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1994
Extent End Date/Time: 2001
Scale Denominator: 24000
Source Contribution:

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

WHOLE-COLONY COUNTS OF COMU, BRCO, AND DCCO AT SAMPLE COLONIES IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA, 1996-2004

CC ID: 607726
Contact Name: CAPITOLO, MCCHESNEY, CARTER, PARKER, HALL, YOUNG, GOLIGHTLY
Publish Date: 2006-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2006
Source Contribution:

NESTS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: HARDCOPY TEXT | Type of Source Media: paper

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 607736
Description:

Three main sources of data were used to depict nest distribution and seasonality for this data layer: 1) personal interviews with resource experts from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); 2) unpublished sesabird colony survey reports; and 3) digital data sets provided by NOAA. The above digital and/or hardcopy sources were compiled by the project biologist to create the NESTS 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 topographic quadrangles and digitized; 2) hardcopy maps are digitized at their source scale; and/or 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 NESTS data layer are made based on the recommendations of the resource experts, and final hardcopy maps and digital data are created.

Process Date/Time: 2008-12-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

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

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 40795
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:40795
Metadata Record Created By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Created: 2017-04-05 14:54+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