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Title: TO18Wi_MMSightsBehObs_20211015.csv
Short Name: Behaviorobservations
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2021-10
Abstract:

Marine mammal (cetacean) sightings with species (or lowest taxonomic level possible) identifications and behavioral observations: marine mammal sightings;

Purpose:

main goal is to provide sighting’s attributes, behavioral observations, and remarks

Entity Information

Entity Type: Data Table
Active Version?: Yes
Description:

Marine mammal (cetacean) sightings with species (or lowest taxonomic level possible) identifications and behavioral observations: marine mammal sightings;

Data Attributes

Attribute Summary

Rubric Score Primary Key? Name Type Description
100
surveyEventID Character Unique identifier to a survey (vessel or aircraft based) event. For vessel survey: composed of the vessel's acronym followed by a 2-digit survey year and a 2-digit consecutive mission-number on that vessel (a.k.a cruise code). Cruise name / Cruise Number
100
eventID numeric Unique numeric identifier for each survey effort point recorded at regular time intervals. For vessel surveys: approximately every 30 seconds. For aerial surveys: approximately every 10 seconds. This is the indexing number that allows each marine mammal sighting, non-mammal occurence and cue to be linked to the effort points. See also dwc:eventID
100
eventdate time Local date-time during data recording.
100
sightingNumber numeric The unique identifier for the marine mammal sighting
100
onEffort character Effort status designating if observers were on effort (e.g. observers actively scanning for marine mammals through the big eye binoculars with the vessel steadily cruising on the trackline) or off effort (e.g. observers searching naked eyed, whenever the ship was maneuvering and turning onto a new trackline, if other operations were taking place, during bad weather and whenever observers were not actively searching for cetaceans through the big eyes) at the moment of data recording. Y=Yes (on effort), N=No (off effort). For vessel survey: #1=vessel's Flying Bridge, #2=vessel's Bridge Wing (a.k.a. bridge deck).
100
scientificName character The scientific name of the marine mammal sighted.
100
vernacularName character The vernacular name of the marine mammal sighted.
100
platformLatitude Numeric The latitude of the platform at the moment of data recording.
100
platformLongitude Numeric The latitude of the platform at the moment of data recording
100
individualCount Numeric Number of animal observed
100
individualCountCalves character Minimum number of calves observed during the sighting. This value is included in the overall observers count for the sighting.
100
behaviorInitial1 character Overall behavior(s) displayed by the animal(s) at the first moment the sighting was observed. Different numbers (#) on the column heading are unique identifiers for each column and do not imply order.
100
behaviorNew1 character Subsequent overall behaviors displayed by the animal(s) as observation of the sighting progressed. Different numbers (#) on the column heading are unique identifiers for each column and do not imply order.
100
behaviorInitialFormation character Subjective evaluation by the observer of the overall distribution of the animals at the first moment the sighting was observed. See also dwc:behavior.
100
behaviornewFormation character Subjective evaluation by the observer of the overall distribution of the animals as observation of the sighting progressed.
100
sightingRemarks character sightingRemarks
100
eventDateTimeZone Numeric Number of time zones from greenwich mean time
100
typeVLTS character One-character string to flag only the initial sighting records which can be used in density and abundance estimation. Opportunistic and subsequent sighting records can be included in the dataset, but these are easily identified from this term for exclusion from abundance and density modeling. The fixed vocabulary terms are: F = first observation sighting on transect, O = opportunistic sighting, S = subsequent sighting either on or off transect, Null = for position-only records or non-VLTS datasets.
100
platformVLTS character One-character string to flag survey platform type for visual line transect surveys. For aerial surveys: All records flagged “A” For boat-based surveys: All records flagged “B”.
100
geodeticDatum character The ellipsoid, geodetic datum, or spatial reference system (SRS) upon which the geographic coordinates given in decimal Latitude and decimal Longitude as based.
100
higherInstitutionCode Character Institution codes, in the form of abbreviated institution names, separated by semicolons, that define the hierarchy of institutions within which the data originator operates. Includes the originating institution as the lowest level (rightmost) code.
100
permitnumber character Research permit number issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) for research activities on marine mammals.
100
platformAttributes character Model, name and/or other proper characteristics of the platform where the survey was conducted. For vessel: e.g. NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter, NOAA Ship Pisces. For aerial survey: e.g. NOAA De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter.
100
relatedProjectProgram character Official project and/or program under which the survey was conducted (e.g. AMAPPS, GoMMAPPS). If applicable.

Attribute Details

surveyEventID

CC ID: 1095385
Seq. Order: 10
Data Storage Type: Character
Max Length: 6
Min Length: 6
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Unique identifier to a survey (vessel or aircraft based) event. For vessel survey: composed of the vessel's acronym followed by a 2-digit survey year and a 2-digit consecutive mission-number on that vessel (a.k.a cruise code).

Cruise name / Cruise Number

Derivation:

Made up of a combination of

a two character Boat Abbreviation : GU = Gordon Gunther

a two digit year: 18 for 2018

a two digit cruise number: 01 for first cruise of the year

eventID

CC ID: 1095359
Seq. Order: 20
Data Storage Type: numeric
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Unique numeric identifier for each survey effort point recorded at regular time intervals. For vessel surveys: approximately every 30 seconds. For aerial surveys: approximately every 10 seconds. This is the indexing number that allows each marine mammal sighting, non-mammal occurence and cue to be linked to the effort points. See also dwc:eventID

eventdate

CC ID: 1095360
Seq. Order: 40
Data Storage Type: time
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Local date-time during data recording.

Format Mask: YYYY-MM-DDHH24:MN:SS

sightingNumber

CC ID: 1095383
Seq. Order: 50
Data Storage Type: numeric
Max Length: 4
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The unique identifier for the marine mammal sighting

onEffort

CC ID: 1095371
Seq. Order: 57
Data Storage Type: character
Max Length: 1
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Effort status designating if observers were on effort (e.g. observers actively scanning for marine mammals through the big eye binoculars with the vessel steadily cruising on the trackline) or off effort (e.g. observers searching naked eyed, whenever the ship was maneuvering and turning onto a new trackline, if other operations were taking place, during bad weather and whenever observers were not actively searching for cetaceans through the big eyes) at the moment of data recording. Y=Yes (on effort), N=No (off effort). For vessel survey: #1=vessel's Flying Bridge, #2=vessel's Bridge Wing (a.k.a. bridge deck).

Allowed Values: Y,N

scientificName

CC ID: 1095382
Seq. Order: 60
Data Storage Type: character
Max Length: 80
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The scientific name of the marine mammal sighted.

vernacularName

CC ID: 1095389
Seq. Order: 65
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The vernacular name of the marine mammal sighted.

platformLatitude

CC ID: 1095375
Seq. Order: 70
Data Storage Type: Numeric
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The latitude of the platform at the moment of data recording.

Unit of Measure: degrees latitude

platformLongitude

CC ID: 1095376
Seq. Order: 71
Data Storage Type: Numeric
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The latitude of the platform at the moment of data recording

Unit of Measure: Degrees Longitude

individualCount

CC ID: 1095369
Seq. Order: 88
Data Storage Type: Numeric
Max Length: 3
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of animal observed

individualCountCalves

CC ID: 1095366
Seq. Order: 95
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Minimum number of calves observed during the sighting. This value is included in the overall observers count for the sighting.

Null Value: NA
Null Value Meaning:

not applicable

behaviorInitial1

CC ID: 1095342
Seq. Order: 105
Data Storage Type: character
Max Length: 20
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Overall behavior(s) displayed by the animal(s) at the first moment the sighting was observed. Different numbers (#) on the column heading are unique identifiers for each column and do not imply order.

behaviorNew1

CC ID: 1095347
Seq. Order: 112
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Subsequent overall behaviors displayed by the animal(s) as observation of the sighting progressed. Different numbers (#) on the column heading are unique identifiers for each column and do not imply order.

behaviorInitialFormation

CC ID: 1095345
Seq. Order: 118
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Subjective evaluation by the observer of the overall distribution of the animals at the first moment the sighting was observed. See also dwc:behavior.

behaviornewFormation

CC ID: 1095351
Seq. Order: 143
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Subjective evaluation by the observer of the overall distribution of the animals as observation of the sighting progressed.

sightingRemarks

CC ID: 1095384
Seq. Order: 155
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

sightingRemarks

eventDateTimeZone

CC ID: 1095354
Seq. Order: 171
Data Storage Type: Numeric
Max Length: 3
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Number of time zones from greenwich mean time

typeVLTS

CC ID: 1095388
Seq. Order: 200
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

One-character string to flag only the initial sighting records which can be used in density and abundance estimation. Opportunistic and subsequent sighting records can be included in the dataset, but these are easily identified from this term for exclusion from abundance and density modeling. The fixed vocabulary terms are: F = first observation sighting on transect, O = opportunistic sighting, S = subsequent sighting either on or off transect, Null = for position-only records or non-VLTS datasets.

platformVLTS

CC ID: 1095377
Seq. Order: 210
Data Storage Type: character
Max Length: 1
Min Length: 1
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

One-character string to flag survey platform type for visual line transect surveys. For aerial surveys: All records flagged “A” For boat-based surveys: All records flagged “B”.

geodeticDatum

CC ID: 1095364
Seq. Order: 220
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The ellipsoid, geodetic datum, or spatial reference system (SRS) upon which the geographic coordinates given in decimal Latitude and decimal Longitude as based.

higherInstitutionCode

CC ID: 1095365
Seq. Order: 230
Data Storage Type: Character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Institution codes, in the form of abbreviated institution names, separated by semicolons, that define the hierarchy of institutions within which the data originator operates. Includes the originating institution as the lowest level (rightmost) code.

permitnumber

CC ID: 1095372
Seq. Order: 235
Data Storage Type: character
Max Length: 120
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Research permit number issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) for research activities on marine mammals.

platformAttributes

CC ID: 1095374
Seq. Order: 240
Data Storage Type: character
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Model, name and/or other proper characteristics of the platform where the survey was conducted. For vessel: e.g. NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter, NOAA Ship Pisces. For aerial survey: e.g. NOAA De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter.

relatedProjectProgram

CC ID: 1095379
Seq. Order: 250
Data Storage Type: character
Max Length: 100
Required: Yes
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Official project and/or program under which the survey was conducted (e.g. AMAPPS, GoMMAPPS). If applicable.

Support Roles

Distributor

CC ID: 1095393
Date Effective From: 2021
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD)
Address: NOAA/NESDIS E/OC SSMC3, 4th Floor, 1351 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Phone: (301) 713-3277

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1095394
Start Date: 2021
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0242273/1.1/data/0-data/NOAA_SEFSC_GoMMAPPS_TO18Wi_NCEI_DataPackage/NOAA_SEFSC_GoMMAPPS_TO18Wi_NCEI_DataPackage/NOAA_SEFSC_GoMMAPPS_TO18Wi_VisualSightingData/TO18Wi_MMSightsBehObs_20211015.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2021 - Present)
File Name: TO18Wi_MMSightsBehObs_20211015.csv
Description:

Marine mammal (cetacean) sightings with species (or lowest taxonomic level possible) identifications and behavioral observations: marine mammal sightings;

File Date/Time: 2021-10-15 00:00:00
File Type: .csv
File Size: 58K
Compression: Uncompressed
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 65760
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:65760
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2021-11-02 05:03+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-11-02
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-11-02
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-11-02