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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Delaware / New Jersey / Pennsylvania 2014 ESI HABITATS Polygons, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/55228.

Item Identification

Title: Delaware / New Jersey / Pennsylvania 2014 ESI HABITATS Polygons
Short Name: Delaware Bay 2014 ESI HABITATS Polygons
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2014-03
Abstract:

This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for terrestrial and wetland plants and sensitive plant communities in Delaware/New Jersey/Pennsylvania. Vector polygons in this data set represent rare and endangered plant and plant community distributions. 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 Delaware/New Jersey/Pennsylvania. 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 BENTHIC data layer, part of the larger Delaware/New Jersey/Pennsylvania ESI database, for additional habitat 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:

1707

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 > PLANTS
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION
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 Habitat
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 > DELAWARE
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > NEW JERSEY
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > PENNSYLVANIA
UNCONTROLLED
None Delaware Bay

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, HABITATS) 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. If problems are encountered either in downloading the ESI data or if any file appears corrupted, please contact the ESI manager.

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: 808223
Date Effective From: 2014-03
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: 808225
Date Effective From: 2014-03
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: 808226
Date Effective From: 2014-03
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: 808224
Date Effective From: 2014-03
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: 808266
W° Bound: -75.75
E° Bound: -74.0377
N° Bound: 40.2501
S° Bound: 38.375
Description

This reflects the extent of all land and water features included in the overall Delaware Bay (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) 2014 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: 808267
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2013
End: 2014
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: 808238
Topology Level: Geometry Only
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 323

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: 808271
Start Date: 2014
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download
Distributor: Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) (2014-03 - Present)
File Name: DE_NJ_PA_2014_GDB.zip
Description:

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

File Date/Time: 2014-07-17 00:00:00
File Type: Arc Geodatabase
File Size: 103 MB
Compression: Zip

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 808227
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: 808228
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 Delaware Bay ESI data.

URL 3

CC ID: 808229
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.

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 808231
Activity Date/Time: 2014-06-20
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 808230
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: 808232
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 808233
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 808234
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 PCs 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 1:45,000. 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, and digital data on rare and endangered plant, and plant community distributions. See also the BENTHIC data layer, part of the larger Delaware/New Jersey/Pennsylvania ESI database, for additional habitat information. These data do not necessarily represent all habitat occurrences in Delaware/New Jersey/Pennsylvania. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name [n/a if not applicable]): 59, Endangered plant, n/a; 60, Threatened plant, n/a; 145, Seabeach amaranth, Amaranthus pumilus; 170, Knieskern's beaked rush, Rhynchospora knieskernii; 190, Virginia jointvetch, Aeschynomene virginica; 198, Swamp-pink, Helonias bullata; 214, Rare plant, n/a; 258, Threatened wetland/aquatic plant, n/a; 1185, Acidic fen, n/a; 1186, Unique plant community, n/a; 1187, Fiveangled dodder, Cuscuta pentagona; 1188, Coast cockspur grass, Echinochloa walteri; 1189, Forked rush, Juncus dichotomus; 1190, Rare ecological community, 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 several consistency checks, and processed into the final delivery format.

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

For each species, the mapping extent was dependent upon information availability and location of mapped coastal habitats and shorelines.

Sources

ACIDIC FEN COMMUNITY LOCATIONS

CC ID: 808240
Contact Name: DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL (DNREC) - BILL MCAVOY
Publish Date: 2013-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

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

COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN

CC ID: 808246
Contact Name: UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS) NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AT TINICUM - JOHN HEINZ
Publish Date: 2012-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2012
Source Contribution:

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

DELAWARE UNIQUE PLANT COMMUNITIES DATA

CC ID: 808241
Contact Name: DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL (DNREC) - BILL MCAVOY
Publish Date: 2013-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

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

ELEMENT OCCURRENCE RECORDS

CC ID: 808239
Contact Name: DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL (DNREC)
Publish Date: 2012-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1985
Extent End Date/Time: 2012
Source Contribution:

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

NATURAL HERITAGE GRID MAP

CC ID: 808244
Contact Name: NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION OF PARKS AND FORESTRY (NJDEP) OFFICE OF NATURAL LANDS MANAGEMENT
Publish Date: 2009-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2009
Citation URL: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/gis/stateshp.html%23NHPGRID
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: online

NATURAL HERITAGE PRIORITY SITES

CC ID: 808245
Contact Name: NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION OF PARKS AND FORESTRY (NJDEP) OFFICE OF NATURAL LANDS MANAGEMENT
Publish Date: 2007-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2007
Citation URL: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/gis/stateshp.html%23PRIORITY
Source Contribution:

HABITATS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: online

SEABEACH AMARANTH HABITAT LOCATIONS

CC ID: 808242
Contact Name: DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL (DNREC) - KEVIN KALASZ
Publish Date: 2013-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

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

THE BIRDS OF PENNSYLVANIA

CC ID: 808243
Contact Name: MCWILLIAMS, JERRY AND DANIEL BRAUNING
Publish Date: 2000-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2000
Source Contribution:

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

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 808247
Description:

Two main sources of data were used to depict habitat distribution and seasonality for this data layer: 1) personal interviews with resource experts from Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Division of Parks and Forestry Office of Natural Lands Management, United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS); and 2) digital data sets provided by DNREC and NJDEP.

Process Date/Time: 2014-03-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 3

CC ID: 808270
Description:

New Jersey Rare and Endangered Species Element Occurrence Data: NJDEP - Office of Natural Lands Management, NJ Natural Heritage Program provided guidance and links to a publicly available 2009 shapefile. The shapefile includes a list of rare plant occurrences in an approximately 365 acre grid cell. The data are freely downloadable and contains generalized geographic locations (in the form of a grid-based polygon shapefile) of rare plant species and ecological communities for the entire state. By default, the data masks highly sensitive species and community names. In addition, a shapefile of NJ "Priority Sites" (polygonal shapes based on habitat instead of grids) was downloaded and analyzed to include rare/sensitive plants and communities that were not covered in the 2009 grid-based data. Ninety-four unique NJ state endangered plants fell within the Area of Interest (AOI). In order to simplify the tabular ESI data, the individual species names were all mapped and listed in the ESI tables as "endangered plant". In addition, occurrence records for four federally threatened plants fell within the NJ AOI: 1) Knieskern's beaked rush (FT, NJ SE); 2) seabeach amaranth (FT, NJ SE); 3) sensitive joint-vetch (FT, NJ SE); and 4) swamp-pink (FT, NJ SE). As a result of the data being publically available, exact locations of these species were already obscured by the data provider. Therefore, it was appropriate to map these species by name in the ESI in order for federally listed species to be given a high priority for protection.

Process Date/Time: 2014-03-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 3

CC ID: 808269
Description:

Delaware Rare and Endangered Species Element Occurrence Data: Rare and federally threatened plants in Delaware were mapped in part by using element occurrence data provided by DNREC. The names of two federally threatened species as well as a number of other Delaware "rare" plants were obscured as per the request of the data provider. Polygons with diameters greater than 100 m were mapped as is, and all other polygons were mapped after applying a polygonal buffer and a randomized geographic shift. Additionally, some rare plant communities were added as polygonal features based on separate digital data sets provided by DNREC, including "acidic fens" and select "unique plant communities".

Process Date/Time: 2014-03-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 4

CC ID: 808268
Description:

The above digital and/or hardcopy sources were compiled by the project biologist to create the HABITATS 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 1:45,000 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 HABITATS data layer are made based on the recommendations of the resource experts, and final hardcopy maps and digital data are created.

Process Date/Time: 2014-03-01 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 HABITATS
Entity SOURCES

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 55228
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:55228
Metadata Record Created By: David Moe Nelson
Metadata Record Created: 2018-12-12 14:56+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 Review Frequency: 1 Year