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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: Military Operating Area Boundaries,

Item Identification

Title: Military Operating Area Boundaries
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2019-02-06

An Operating Area (OPAREA) Complex boundary is the bounded area in which national defense training exercises and system qualification tests are routinely conducted. OPAREA boundaries are formally established by national designation and by international treaty for national defense training purposes, and allow for specific exercises and training events to be coordinated with other federal, state, and local agencies, and also the general public, as in Notices to Mariners (NOTMARS). Includes the OPAREA, range complex boundaries and study areas.

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 derived from the Navy Common Operating Picture data which was received via email on December 6, 2018. Any questions about access to or the content of the data should be directed to the Navy at

This data is compliant with Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE) Version 2.6.


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.

Supplemental Information:

This data was created by migrating COP Atlantic Gomex and PACFLT Operating Areas (OPAREA) features and attributes into SDSFIE 2.6 Military OPAREA Bnd Area feature class.

Installation_ID's were attributed with prefix value for operating area. E.g. JAX represents Jacksonville OPAREA. BOS represents Boston OPAREA.

All Primary Keys contain unique values. Primary Key was attributed by concatenating the Installation_ID prefix value with the Feat_Name or Feat_Description value.

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

Phone: Unknown



Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
ISO 19115 Topic Category boundaries
ISO 19115 Topic Category intelligenceMilitary
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
None Boundary
None Commander
None Common Operating Picture (COP) Atlantic Gomex
None Military Operations
None Training
None U.S. Fleet Forces - U.S. Navy

Spatial Keywords

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

Physical Location

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

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: Department of Defense, NGA, NUWC

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 815536
Date Effective From: 2017-09-20
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: 815533
W° Bound: -179.99997626335
E° Bound: -66.99884864361
N° Bound: 55.67171442685
S° Bound: 15.99999621331

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 815532
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2018-12-06

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 815549
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 66

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Limited Distribution.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1121225
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1121224
Download URL:

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 815544
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-20

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 815543
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: 815545
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment


Version 6.2 (Build 9200) ; Esri ArcGIS

Data Quality


The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.



Military Operations Area OPAREA - Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces - U.S. Navy, Common Operating Picture (COP) Atlantic Gomex

CC ID: 815550
Contact Name: U.S. Fleet Forces, EIMS Data WIPT Team
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


CC ID: 815555
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: U.S. Navy
Publish Date: 2018-12-06
Source Contribution:

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 815551

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 "military_oparea_bnd_area" into a new file geodatabase.

3. Rename file to "MilitaryOperatingAreaBoundaries".

4. Delete submarine areas.

4. Check geometry and project data into WGS 1984 Auxiliary Sphere.

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: 815556

1. Received email containing PACFLT_OPAREA_Boundaries.shp on 12-06-2018

2. Download zip

3. Project Pacific data into NAD83

4. Merge data with Atlantic/ GOMEX

Process Date/Time: 2018-12-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Source: PACFLT_OPAREA_Boundaries

Process Step 3

CC ID: 896139

Received email from source containing updates to the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range area.

Copied in updated feature.

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

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Military Operating Area Boundaries

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 55364
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:55364
Metadata Record Created By: Anna Verrill
Metadata Record Created: 2019-01-22 17:33+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jesse Brass
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-01-11 18:58+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-01-22
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year