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Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Military Special Use Airspace within the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico,

Item Identification

Title: Military Special Use Airspace within the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2017-09-13

Military Special Use Airspace is airspace of defined dimensions identified by an area on the surface of the earth wherein activities must be confined because of their nature, and/or wherein limitations may be imposed upon aircraft operations that are not a part of those activities (FAA Order 7610.4K CHG 1, Section 1.3). Limitations may be imposed upon aircraft operations that are not a part of the airspace activities. Special use airspace includes any associated underlying surface and subsurface training areas. The types of SUA are Special Use Airspace (SUA), Alert Area, Controlled Firing Area, Military Operating Area (MOA), Special Operation Area (SOA), Prohibited Area, Restricted Area, Warning Area and Altitude Reservations (ALTRV). DoD Special Use Airspace (SUA) from the NGA Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF).

The team worked with the Navy to provide this data, which is a subset of the Navy's Common Operating Picture, for ocean planning purposes. This data was downloaded on August 11, 2017. Any questions about access to or the content of the data should be directed to the Navy at


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.


This data was created by using COP Atlantic Gomex OPAREA Grid features and attributes.

Subtypes, feature name and feature description, and data source values were attributed when possible. The data source field contains the name of the data source used in creating the feature class.

DSFIE 2.6 Coordinate Grid Area feature class.

Feature name and feature description, and data source values were attributed when possible.

The data source field contains the name of the data source used in creating the feature class.

Original contact information:

Contact Name: EIMS Data WIPT Team

Contact Org: U.S. Fleet Forces


Supplemental Information:

Bureau Code: 006:48, Program Code: 006:055


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None airspace
None Commander
None Common Operating Picture (COP) Atlantic Gomex
None DoD
None Military Operations
None NGA
None Restricted Area
None Special Use Airspace
None Training
None U.S. Fleet Forces - U.S. Navy
None Warning Area

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None East Coast
None Gulf of Mexico

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Set Credit: Department of Defense, NGA, RCST, DAFIF

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 653061
Date Effective From: 2017-09-13
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 653066
W° Bound: -100
E° Bound: -47.820602
N° Bound: 45.416667
S° Bound: 18.5

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 653065
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2017-07-07

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 653053
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 1665

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1121307
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1121308
Download URL:

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 653085
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-20

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 653084
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-14

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

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 717422
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows, ArcGIS Pro, Azure SQL

Data Quality



Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Compiled to meet 10 meters horizontal accuracy at 95% confidence level

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent



Military Special Use Airspace - Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces - U.S. Navy, Common Operating Picture (COP) Atlantic Gomex

CC ID: 653050
Contact Name: U.S. Fleet Forces, EIMS Data WIPT Team, NGA
Publish Date: 2017-07-07
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2017-08-11
Source Contribution:

Common Operating Picture (COP) Atlantic Gomex, | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 653051

1. Go to Navy EIMS and login, download latest

2. Unzip files, find and copy the feature class within the "military_operations" feature dataset named "mil_special_use_airspace_area" into a new file geodatabase.

3. RENAME file to "MilitarySpecialUseAirspaceAreas"

4. CHECK GEOMETRY and set the CRS to NAD83 GRS 80.

5. Export metadata XML and tailor to include minor edits and distribution information for NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Included having to add in attribute definitions as these were missing.

Process Date/Time: 2017-08-01 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 896142

Received email from source containing updates to Key West Warning Area boundaries of W174 and W465.

Deleted old features and copied in updated features.

Process Date/Time: 2020-02-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity MilitarySpecialUseAirspaceAtlanticGulfofMexico

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 48898
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:48898
Metadata Record Created By: Anne Ball
Metadata Record Created: 2017-11-14 15:56+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-02-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2018-02-08
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-02-08