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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Louisiana and Lower Mississippi River 2014 ESI BENTHIC Polygons, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/54895.

Item Identification

Title: Louisiana and Lower Mississippi River 2014 ESI BENTHIC Polygons
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2013-12
Abstract:

This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for submerged aquatic vegetation, seagrass, oyster reefs and deep sea corals in Louisiana. Vector polygons in this data set represent aquatic vegetation, seagrass, oyster reefs and deep sea coral distribution. 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 ESI data for Louisiana. 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.

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:

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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, Seattle, Washington.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > OIL SPILLS
UNCONTROLLED
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Benthic Habitat
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 Oil spill planning
None Sensitivity Maps

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > LOUISIANA
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
UNCONTROLLED
None Mississippi River

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, BENTHIC) 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, 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 (NOS), Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Emergency Response Division (ERD), Seattle, Washington, and The Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Office of Incident Management and Preparedness, Washington, D.C.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 800112
Date Effective From: 2013-12
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: 800114
Date Effective From: 2013-12
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office of Response and Restoration (ORR)
Address: 1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 800115
Date Effective From: 2013-12
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: 800113
Date Effective From: 2013-12
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: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 800146
W° Bound: -94
E° Bound: -88.0002
N° Bound: 31.1273
S° Bound: 25.6169
Description

This geographic extent includes the entire coastal Louisiana and Lower Mississippi River ESI study area. The spatial extent of individual layers or feature classes may vary.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 800147
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2012
End: 2014
Description:

The coastal Louisiana data were compiled 2012-2013, The Lower Mississippi River data were compiled in 2014. The atlas was published in 2014.

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes
Text / Table: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 800125
Topology Level: Geometry Only
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 2717

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 827904

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4269
EPSG Name: NAD83
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

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. Besides the above warnings, 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.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 829312
Start Date: 2014
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download
Distributor: Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) (2013-12 - Present)
File Name: Louisiana_2014_GDB.zip
Description:

This feature class is part of the downloadable Esri Arc Geodatabase.

File Date/Time: 2016-04-29 00:00:00
File Type: Arc Geodatabase
File Size: 354 MB
Compression: Zip

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 800116
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: 800148
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:

Depicts the relationships between the spatial data layers and the attribute data tables for the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi River ESI data.

URL 3

CC ID: 800149
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/resources/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.

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 800118
Activity Date/Time: 2013-12
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 800117
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: 800119
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 800120
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 800121
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(R) (version 10.2) and SQL SERVER(R) (version 2005). The hardware configuration is PC's 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, 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. 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 describing aquatic vegetation, seagrass, oyster reefs and deep sea coral distribution. These data do not necessarily represent all benthic occurrences in Louisiana. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name [n/a if not applicable]): 85, Seagrass, n/a; 609, Submerged aquatic vegetation, n/a; 1183, Deep sea coral, n/a; 1184, Oyster reef, n/a.

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 a several consistency checks, and processed into the final delivery format.

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

The mapping extent was dependent upon information availability and location of mapped coastal habitats and shorelines. Digital data were provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) Biogeography Branch, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sources

NATIONAL WETLANDS INVENTORY (NWI) - HABITAT

CC ID: 800129
Contact Name: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS)
Publish Date: 2010-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2008
Source Contribution:

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

OYSTER REEFS PER SIDESCAN SONAR

CC ID: 800128
Contact Name: LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES (LDWF)
Publish Date: 2013-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

BENTHIC INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: disc

PREDICTED LIKELIHOOD OF SUITABLE HABITAT FOR DEEP SEA CORALS IN THE U.S. GULF OF MEXICO (THRESHOLDED CATEGORIES)

CC ID: 800127
Contact Name: KINLAN, B.P., POTI, M., ETNOYE,R P., SICELOFF, L., JENKINS, C., DORFMAN, D., CALDOW, C.
Publish Date: 2013-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013
Citation URL: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/projects/detail?key=35
Source Contribution:

BENTHIC INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

SEAGRASS ECOLOGY ALONG THE COASTS OF ALABAMA, LOUISIANA, AND MISSISSIPPI

CC ID: 800126
Contact Name: ELEUTERIUS, LIONEL N.
Publish Date: 1987-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1987
Citation URL: http://research.myfwc.com/engine/download_redirection_process.asp?file=87eleuterius_0511.pdf&objid=35408&dltype=publication
Source Contribution:

BENTHIC INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 800130
Description:

Aquatic vegetation: Polygonal beds of aquatic vegetation were obtained from the 2008 National Wetlands Inventory dataset. For the purpose of this atlas, they were classified as "Seagrass", which is composed of higher salinity grasses and "Submerged aquatic vegetation", which represents brackish-freshwater species. Polygons smaller than 1500 square meters were not included in the atlas. Species likely present in seagrass areas include Thalassia spp., Halodule spp., Syringodium spp., Halophila spp., and Ruppia spp.. Species likely present in SAV beds include Millfoil spp., Hydrilla spp., Coontail spp., Ruppia spp., and Potamogeton spp. LDWF provided anecdotal information identifying areas that were likely to have aquatic vegetation that was unmapped by the NWI. These areas are noted by the presence of an icon on the paper maps, but are not reflected in the digital data.

Process Date/Time: 2013-12-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov
Source: NATIONAL WETLANDS INVENTORY (NWI) - HABITAT

Process Step 2

CC ID: 800150
Description:

Oyster reefs: Locations of oyster reefs were provided by LDWF and are mapped as the species "Oyster reef". Please note that not all areas of the state are surveyed, so reefs may exist in other areas. Also, while the presence of live oysters on oyster reefs is highly likely, areas mapped as oyster reefs do not necessarily indicate that live oysters will be present.

Process Date/Time: 2013-12-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov
Source: OYSTER REEFS PER SIDESCAN SONAR

Process Step 3

CC ID: 800156
Description:

Deep sea coral: Predicted habitat suitability models for 18 species of deep sea coral were provided by the NOAA Coastal Center for Monitoring and Assessment. All species were combined and mapped as Deep sea coral in the Louisiana ESI BENTHIC feature class. Areas had a high or very high likelihood of containing any species of deep sea coral are combined into the ESI concentration "highly likely". Areas that are categorized as having medium-low to medium likelihood are combined into the ESI concentration "potential". The species aggregated as deep sea corals include Lophelia pertusa, Madrepora spp., Madracis spp., Callogorgia spp., Bebryce spp., Hypnogorgia spp., the families Ellisellidae, Gorgoniidae, Paramuriceidae, Plexauridae, the orders Alcyonacea, Scleractinia (except Oculina spp.), and Antipatharia.

Process Date/Time: 2013-12-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov
Source: PREDICTED LIKELIHOOD OF SUITABLE HABITAT FOR DEEP SEA CORALS IN THE U.S. GULF OF MEXICO (THRESHOLDED CATEGORIES)

Process Step 4

CC ID: 800157
Description:

The above digital and/or hardcopy sources were compiled by the project biologist using the process steps described to create the BENTHIC data layer. Depending on the type of source data, three general approaches are used for compiling the 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; 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 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 BENTHIC data layer are made based on the recommendations of the resource experts, and final hardcopy maps and digital data are created.

Process Date/Time: 2013-12-01 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 BENTHIC
Entity BIOFILE
Entity BREED_DT
Entity SOURCES

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54895
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:54895
Metadata Record Created By: David Moe Nelson
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-15 15:52+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-11-30 16:28+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-04-04
Owner Org: ORR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-04-04