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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Coasts of Maryland and Virginia 2016 ESI HERP (Reptile and Amphibian) Polygons, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/55144.

Item Identification

Title: Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Coasts of Maryland and Virginia 2016 ESI HERP (Reptile and Amphibian) Polygons
Short Name: Chesapeake Bay 2016 ESI HERP (Reptile and Amphibian) Polygons
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2016
Abstract:

This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for sea turtles, estuarine turtles, and T/E herps in Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Coasts of Maryland and Virginia. Vector polygons in this data set represent herpetofauna distribtution and nesting areas. 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 Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Coasts of Maryland and Virginia. 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 > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > AMPHIBIANS
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > REPTILES
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > REPTILES > TURTLES
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > OIL SPILLS
UNCONTROLLED
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
None Wildlife

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > MARYLAND
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > VIRGINIA
UNCONTROLLED
None Chesapeake Bay
None Outer Coasts of Maryland and Virginia

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, REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN POLYS) 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 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.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 806386
Date Effective From: 2016-09
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: 806388
Date Effective From: 2016-09
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: 806389
Date Effective From: 2016-09
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: 806387
Date Effective From: 2016-09
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: 806712
W° Bound: -77.5418
E° Bound: -74.7942
N° Bound: 39.7215
S° Bound: 36.5498
Description

This reflects the extent of all land and water features included in the overall Chesapeake Bay and Outer Coasts of Maryland and Virginia 2016 ESI study region. The bounding box for this particular feature class may vary depending on occurrences identified and mapped.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 806713
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2014
End: 2016
Description:

Time Frame Range starts with ESI Project Start Year, and ends with ESI Atlas Publication Year.

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes
Text / Table: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 806399
Topology Level: Geometry Only
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 1043

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. 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. Besides the above warnings, there are no use constraints on these data. Acknowledgment of the originators, publishers, contributors, and sources listed would be appreciated in products derived from these data.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 806717
Start Date: 2016
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download
Distributor: Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) (2016-09 - Present)
File Name: ChesapeakeBay_2016_ESI_GDB.zip
Description:

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

File Date/Time: 2017-01-12 00:00:00
File Type: Arc Geodatabase
File Size: 783 MB
Compression: Zip

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 806390
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: 806715
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/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.

URL 3

CC ID: 806716
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:

ESI Browse Graphic depicts the relationships between the spatial data layers and the attribute data tables for the Chesapeake Bay and Outer Coasts of Maryland and Virginia ESI data.

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 806392
Activity Date/Time: 2016-09
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 806391
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: 806393
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 806394
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 806395
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 ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2(R) 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, 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 expert knowledge, available hardcopy documents, survey data, and digital data on herpetofauna distribtution and nesting areas. These data do not necessarily represent all herpetofauna occurrences in Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Coasts of Maryland and Virginia. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name [n/a if not applicable]): 2, Green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas; 4, Kemp's ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii; 5, Leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea; 6, Loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta; 7, Diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin; 114, Snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina; 242, Barking treefrog, Hyla gratiosa; 243, Chicken turtle, Deirochelys reticularia.

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

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

This atlas supersedes two separate first edition atlases, Virginia (2005, #25) and Maryland (2007, #47).

Sources

DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN SEASONAL PRESENCE IN CHESAPEAKE BAY

CC ID: 806411
Contact Name: VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE (VIMS)- R.E ISDELL III
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Source Contribution:

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

DISTRIBUTION AND SEASONAL PRESENCE OF SEA TURTLES IN MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA WATERS

CC ID: 806408
Contact Name: VIRGINIA AQUARIUM AND MARINE SCIENCE CENTER - SUSAN BARCO AND G. LOCKHART
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Extent End Date/Time: 2016
Source Contribution:

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

MARINE MAMMAL DISTRIBUTIONS IN CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE MID-ATLANTIC OCEAN

CC ID: 806407
Contact Name: VIRGINIA AQUARIUM AND MARINE SCIENCE CENTER - SUSAN BARCO
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Source Contribution:

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

MONARCH BUTTERFLY (DANAUS PLEXIPPUS)

CC ID: 806400
Contact Name: CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Source Contribution:

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

NATURAL RESOURCES OF ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE

CC ID: 806401
Contact Name: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) - JACK KUMER AND BILL HULSLANDER
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

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

NATURAL RESOURCES OF EASTERN VIRGINIA

CC ID: 806402
Contact Name: RUTH BOETTCHER (VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES), ALEX WILKE (THE NATURE CONSERVANCY), PAM DENMON (UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS), KEVIN HOLCOMB (USFWS), DOT FIELD (VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION)
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Source Contribution:

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

TERP OCCUPANCY GDB

CC ID: 806412
Contact Name: VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE (VIMS)- R.E ISDELL III
Publish Date: 2016-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Source Contribution:

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

TERRAPIN SURVEY 2002

CC ID: 806406
Contact Name: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS)
Publish Date: 2002-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2002
Source Contribution:

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

VIRGINIA SEA TURTLE NESTS AND FALSE CRAWLS, 1970-2015

CC ID: 806410
Contact Name: VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES (DGIF) - RUTH BOETTCHER
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1970
Extent End Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

HERP INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

WILDLIFE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW MAP SERVICE, SPECIES OBSERVATION DATABASE

CC ID: 806409
Contact Name: VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES (DGIF) - JAY KAPALCZYNSKI
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1996
Extent End Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

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

WILDLIFE OF BACK BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

CC ID: 806403
Contact Name: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS) - GERALYN MIRELES AND LAUREN BILLODEAUX MOWBRAY
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

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

WILDLIFE OF NANSEMOND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

CC ID: 806405
Contact Name: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (UWFWS) - DON SCHWAB
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

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

WILDLIFE OF THE EASTERN VIRGINIA RIVERS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE COMPLEX

CC ID: 806404
Contact Name: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS) - LAUREN BILLODEAUX MOWBRAY
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

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

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 806413
Description:

Nesting and in-water distribution data for diamondback terrapins were provided by VIMS (in-water data set), USGS (nesting data set), and USFWS (pers. comm.). The VIMS data set was based on 2012 and 2013 spring-summer surveys at 165 sites and was conducted to study the relationship between terrestrial-aquatic connectivity and the distribution of an estuarine turtle. The results of the survey included predicted probability of occupancy of diamondback terrapins in the Chesapeake Bay, and the "high" and "low" probabilities of occupancy that were determined during the study were adapted for inclusion and represented as likely terrapin distribution polygons in the ESI. The USGS nesting data set was based on the results of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center investigation of over 3,000 kilometers of Chesapeake Bay shoreline in 2002 for terrapins, tracks, and active and disturbed nests. Green (FT/MD ST, VA ST), Kemp's ridley (FE/MD SE, VA SE), leatherback (FE/MD SE, VA SE) and loggerhead (FT/MD ST, VA ST) sea turtles were mapped in this atlas. Many barrier island, and some mainland, outer sand beaches are important nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtle, and potential (but very rare) nesting habitat for Kemp's ridley and green sea turtles. Nesting typically occurs in Virginia and Maryland from May to August with hatching from June-October (loggerhead sea turtle). Data that represent documented nesting in Virginia from 1970-2015 were provided by VDGIF. The concentration values were based on the range of nest counts observed on a particular stretch of beach over time (e.g., 0-8 nests, <10 nests). Beach buffers were used rather than point locations due to the potential for beaches adjacent to known nest sites to also provide suitable nesting habitats. Green sea turtle and Kemp's ridley sea turtle were documented as having 'false crawls' only and no nest counts. Additional nesting and general distribution and seasonality information were provided during interviews with NPS, USFWS, and the VA Aquarium. Distributions for the barking treefrog (VA ST) and chicken turtle (VA SE) were mapped using data provided as part of VDGIF's Wildlife Environmental Review Map Service (WERMS) database. Records of both species were pulled from survey dates between the years 1996 and 2013, with 2013 being the most recent surveys for herpetofauna in the database. The above digital and/or hardcopy sources were compiled by the project biologist to create the HERP 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 HERP data layer are made based on the recommendations of the resource experts, and final hardcopy maps and digital data are created.

Process Date/Time: 2016-09-01 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 BIOFILE
Entity BREED_DT
Entity HERP
Entity SOURCES

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 55144
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:55144
Metadata Record Created By: David Moe Nelson
Metadata Record Created: 2018-12-10 11:42+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-11-30 16:28+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-02-14
Owner Org: ORR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-02-15