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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: Submarine Cable Areas, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/66190.

Item Identification

Title: Submarine Cable Areas
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2021-09-28
Abstract:

These data show the general location of commercial and research submarine cables within U.S. waters. The majority of these cables are for telecommunications, and the remaining are for power transmission. The geographic footprint for each cable may vary and is dependent on the original source data. In the nearshore, cables are routinely buried below the seabed. In the offshore, they are placed directly on the seabed. A submarine cable area may contain one or more physical cables. 30 CFR 585.301 defines a minimum 100-foot-wide right of way grant on each side of a cable.

Purpose:

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.

Notes:

The NOAA ENC database has been built from a combination of charted information as well as original "source"information. NOAA has compiled critical features such as channel limits, aids to navigation, and obstructions from the original documents that were used to put the feature on the paper chart. The objective is to use the most accurate information for features that are critical to the safety of navigation. NOAA uses a number of sources in compiling NOAA ENCS including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers surveys, drawings, and permits, U.S. Coast Guard Local Notices to Mariner, National Imagery and Mapping Agency Notices to Mariners, NOAA hydrographic surveys, and the largest scale paper chart of an area. ENC Direct to GIS data was created by transforming Approach and Harbor NOAA ENC version 2 cells to ESRI's shapefile format using Safe Software's Feature Manipulation Engine.

Supplemental Information:

Bureau Code: 006:48, Program Code: 006:055

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Categories oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Categories transportation
ISO 19115 Topic Category planningCadastre

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
UNCONTROLLED
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Outer Continental Shelf
None Territorial Sea

Physical Location

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

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

cableSystem, owner, status

Distribution Liability:

https://www.marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Data Set Credit: NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1116655
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1116668
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 71.795736
S° Bound: -14.281102

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Grid: No
Vector: Yes
Text / Table: No
TIN: No
Stereo Model: No
Video: No

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 1116661
Topology Level: Geometry Only
Complex Object Present?: No
Composite Object Present?: No
Curve Object Present?: No
Point Object Present?: No
Solid Object Present?: No
Surface Object Present?: Yes

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1116662

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 Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1116656
Download URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/data
Distributor:
File Name: Submarine Cable Areas
Description:

MarineCadastre.gov Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1121379
Download URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/downloads/data/mc/SubmarineCableArea.zip
Distributor:

Technical Environment

Description:

Microsoft Windows, ArcGIS Pro

Data Quality

Accuracy:

Untested

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Compiled to meet 10 meters horizontal accuracy at 95% confidence level

Completeness Report:

Untested

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent

Lineage

Sources

Cable_Area (General, Coastal, Approach, Harbour, Berthing)

CC ID: 1116664
Contact Role Type: Publisher
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA Office of Coastal Survey- Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs)
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-10-29
Citation URL: https://encdirect.noaa.gov/
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed

Source Contribution:

file geodatabase feature classes of cable areas at differing resolutions

Dominion Energy CVOW Pilot Project Export Cable Repair Activities LNTM

CC ID: 1177161
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Dominion Energy
Publish Date: 2020-07-13
Citation URL: https://cdn-dominionenergy-prd-001.azureedge.net/-/media/pdfs/global/wind/071320-cvow--pilot-lntm-cable-repair-rev1-submittal.pdf?la=en&rev=d16fed57db864e3cb95f39a25b48a7f4&hash=9AD954C791C312069D2FDE85D2C3508B
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

Draft Environmental Impact Report

CC ID: 1177159
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Publish Date: 2021-06-25
Citation URL: https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/EEA/emepa/mepadocs/2021/070921em/sc/eir/16231%20deir%20Vineyard%20Wind2-Barnstable%20Edgartown%20Mashpee%20Nantucket.pdf
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

FCC Submarine Cable Landing Pending Applications List by File Number

CC ID: 1177155
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Federal Communications Commission
Citation URL: https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/ib/forms/reports/swr028b.hts?as_subsystem_code=SCL/SUBMARINE+CABLE+LANDING&column=V_SITE_ANTENNA_FREQ.file_numberC/FILE+NUMBER&fstate=0/PENDING&prepare=
Source Contribution:

Identity and ownership of submarine cables

Finding of No Significant Impact

CC ID: 1177166
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Publish Date: 2014-09-04
Citation URL: https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/about-boem/BOEM-Regions/Pacific-Region/Lease-Management/BOEM-Finding-of-No-Significant-Impact-and-Environmental-Assessment.pdf
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

Lake Erie Connector Project - Final Environmental Assessment

CC ID: 1177157
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: U.S. Department of Energy
Publish Date: 2016-10-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016
Citation URL: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/11/f34/2016-10-26-LEC-Final-EA.pdf
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Vineyard Wind South Project Offshore Massachusetts

CC ID: 1177160
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Publish Date: 2021-06-30
Citation URL: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/30/2021-13994/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-an-environmental-impact-statement-for-the-vineyard-wind-south-project
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

OCH Cable System database

CC ID: 1177164
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Packet Clearing House
Citation URL: https://prefix.pch.net/applications/cablesystem/index.php?sort=total_capacity&show_active_only
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership of submarine cable

Public Notice

CC ID: 1177156
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Publish Date: 2019-03-21
Citation URL: https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Portals/37/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/2019/Mar19/NAN-2018-00276-EHA%20America%20Europe%20Connect%202%20USA%20Havfrue%20Cable%20Public%20Notice.pdf?ver=SLufhtuHQxprv2vfjFHu4Q%3d%3d
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

Public Notice

CC ID: 1177162
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Publish Date: 2018-03-16
Citation URL: https://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Portals/39/docs/regulatory/publicnotices/Public_Notice_2016-0542-75.pdf
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

Raster Nautical Charts (RNC)

CC ID: 1116663
Contact Role Type: Publisher
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Coast Survey (OCS)
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2012-01-01
Citation URL: http://egisws02.nos.noaa.gov/ArcGIS/rest/services/RNC
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed

Source Contribution:

Raster of NOAA Nautical Charts

Scientific Cables

CC ID: 1177163
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: International Cable Protection Committee
Citation URL: https://iscpc.org/information/cable-data/scientific-cables/
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Response to Correspondence

CC ID: 1177165
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: New Jersey Field Office Ecological Services
Publish Date: 2013-01-08
Citation URL: https://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Portals/39/docs/Civil/LBI/App-E-LEI-April-2016.pdf
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

Vineyard Wind Draft Construction and Operations Plan

CC ID: 1177158
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Publish Date: 2020-09-30
Citation URL: https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/documents/renewable-energy/Vineyard%20Wind%20COP%20Volume%20I_Section%203.pdf
Source Contribution:

Identity, ownership and general location of submarine cable

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1116665
Description:

Utilize NOAA’s RNC as a base layer to review for existing scale information for each shape area. Start by creating an empty feature class for the cable areas, and then add all Berthing cable areas to SubmarineCableArea feature class. Select by location, where all HarbourAreas intersect Berthing & reverse the selection so that areas that exist do not intersect the existing areas are selected, copy these areas & add them to SubmarineCableArea feature class. Re-select areas that overlap BerthingAreas from HarbourAreas & individually confirm existence & correctness of Cable Area using the RNC. Add or adjust cable areas based on largest scale available to resolve resolution conflicts. Perform this method for each scale layer onto the next largest layer until all areas have been quality controlled for scale conflict issues. (Berthing to Harbour, Harbour to Approach, Approach to Coastal, Coastal to General)

Process Date/Time: 2018-04-23 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Submarine Cable Areas

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 66190
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:66190
Metadata Record Created By: Brianna Key
Metadata Record Created: 2021-12-22 05:22+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-12-22
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-12-22
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-12-22