NOAA Shallow-Water Benthic Habitats: Insular PacificEntry ID: benthic_habitats
Abstract: These datasets represent benthic habitat maps for the nearshore waters of American-affiliated islands throughout the insular Pacific, including Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, CNMI, and Palau. NOAA produced these maps to support coral reef research and to enable development of products that support management needs and questions. Thirty-two distinct benthic habitat types (i.e., 4 major and 14 detailed geomorphological structure classes; 8 major and 3 detailed biological cover types) within 13 zones were digitally mapped in GIS (geographic information system) using heads-up visual interpretation of orthorectified satellite imagery. A slightly different, aggregated classification scheme is used in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI).
Purpose: PacIOOS provides timely, reliable, and accurate ocean information to support a safe, clean, productive ocean and resilient coastal zone in the U.S. Pacific Islands region.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Dataset Title: NOAA Shallow-Water Benthic Habitats: Insular Pacific
Data Presentation Form: HTMLOnline Resource: http://pacioos.org
Start Date: 2004-01-01Stop Date: 2007-12-31
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > PLANTS > ANGIOSPERMS (FLOWERING PLANTS) > MONOCOTS > SEAGRASS
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > CORAL REEFS
SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS > CORAL REEFS
SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS > CORAL REEFS > PATCH REEF
LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS
Use Constraints The data may be used and redistributed for free but is not intended for legal use, since it may contain inaccuracies. Neither the data Contributor, University of Hawaii, PacIOOS, NOAA, State of Hawaii nor the United States Government, nor any of their employees or contractors, makes any warranty, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness, of this information.
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: nccos.webcontent at noaa.gov
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2015-03-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27