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NEFSC Benthic Database

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publication_Date: 2010
Title: NEFSC Benthic Database
Edition:
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: database
Series_Information:
Series_Name:
Issue_Identification:
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Woods Hole Laboratories, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Publisher: Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Other_Citation_Details:
Online_Linkage: http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa
Description:
Abstract:
Benthic fauna data has been collected from 1881 to the present by the National Marine Fisheries Service Laboratories at Woods Hole, MA (early years Bureau of Fisheries) and Sandy Hook, NJ (formerly with the Bureau of Sport Fisheries). Little data exists from 1881 to around 1955. After intensive sampling, data became sparse again after 1986. The data includes the work by Wigley and Theroux on the macrofauna of the Northeastern United States. Other major studies include Ocean Pulse, the Northeast Monitoring Program, New York Bight, 12 Mile Dumpsite, Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay surveys. Parameters included in these surveys include depth, sediment type, gear type, number, weight, family, class, genus, species name, and abundance. A total of 21,000 sample sites are included in this data set with 4,000 meters being the maximum depth sampled. Bottom temperature from MBTs and XBTs were measured from the 1960's to the present. These data are recorded on the Oracle database server of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center at Woods Hole. Hydrographic and chemical ancillary data, as well as some biological data can be found at the U.S. Geological Survey at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Note: Some records in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Benthic Database may also occur in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Bottom Trawl Survey dataset. OBIS-USA did not eliminate this possible duplication because each dataset is a published unit, and OBIS-USA chose to maintain each as a complete representation of the original data. This possible overlap is a consequence of decisions made by the developers of the datasets. If you encounter identical records when working with these datasets, note that they in fact refer to the same observation event.
Purpose:
Not Available
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: PEARCE, J.B. and F.W. STEIMLE. 1980. Ongoing environmental assessment, monitoring, and research under the Ocean Pulse Program. p. 108-122 IN: J.K. Adams et al. (eds.). Man and the Sea. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Center for Marine Studies.
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: REID, R.N., J.B. Pearce and M.C. Ingham (eds.) 1987. NOAA's Northeast Monitoring Program (NEMP). A report on progress of the first five years (1979-1984) and a plan for the future. NOAA Tech. Mem. NMFS-F/NEC-44.
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: PEARCE, J., THOMAS, J., CARACCIOLO, J., HALSEY, M., and L. ROGERS. 1975. Distribution and abundance of benthic organisms in the New York Bight apex, 2-6 August 1973. MESA Report No. 8. 9 p.
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: REID, R.N., S.A. FROMM, A.B. FRAME, D. JEFFRESS, J.J. VITALIANO, D.J. Radosh, and J.R. FINN. 1995. Limited responses of benthic macrofauna and selected sewage sludge components to phaseout of sludge disposal in the inner New York Bight. p. 213-225 IN: A.L. Studholme et al. (eds.) Effects of the cessation of sewage sludge dumping at the 12-mile site. NOAA Tech. Rept. NMFS 124.
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: REID, R., J. O'REILLY and V.S. ZDANOWICZ. 1982. Contaminants in New York Bight and Long Island Sound sediments and demersal species, and contaminant effects on benthos, summer 1980. NOAA Tech. Mem. NMFS-F/NEC-16
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: STEIMLE, F., J. CARACCIOLO-WARD, S. FROMM and R. McGrath. 1989. The 1973-74 benthic macrofaunal and sediment survey of Raritan Bay: data report. Northeast Fisheries Center Reference Document 89-07.
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: Hathaway, John C., ed., Datafile continental margin program Atlantic Coast of the United States, Vol. 2, samples collection and analytical data, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, REF# 71-15, USGS, Woods Hole, MA, 1971.
Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: Wigley, Roland L., and Roger B. Thoreux, Atlantic Continental Slope and Shelf of the U.S.--Macrobenthic Invertebrate Fauna of the Mid Atlantic Bight Region -- Faunal composition and quantitative distribution, USGS Professional Paper 529-N, 1981.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 18811010
Ending_Date: 19890901
Currentness_Reference:Unknown
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -82.0
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -49.04
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 49.1
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.0
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD SCIENCE PARAMETERS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD INSTRUMENT
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: PROJECT
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ANCILLARY KEYWORDS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO TOPIC CATEGORY
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: DATA SET LANGUAGE
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > MARINE SEDIMENTS > SEDIMENT COMPOSITION
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > WATER TEMPERATURE
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC HABITAT
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE HABITAT
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS > BIOMASS DYNAMICS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS
Theme_Keyword: BEDLOAD SENSORS
Theme_Keyword: GRAB SAMPLERS
Theme_Keyword: MBT > MECHANICAL BATHYTHERMOGRAPHS
Theme_Keyword: SEDIMENT METERS
Theme_Keyword: TRAWL
Theme_Keyword: XBT > EXPENDABLE BATHYTHERMOGRAPHS
Theme_Keyword: BOTTOM TRAWL
Theme_Keyword: BENTHIC GRABS
Theme_Keyword: GOMODP > GULF OF MAINE OCEAN DATA PARTNERSHIP
Theme_Keyword: OBIS > OCEAN BIOGEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM
Theme_Keyword: COML > CENSUS OF MARINE LIFE
Theme_Keyword: Bottom Temperature
Theme_Keyword: Mid-latitude
Theme_Keyword: Sea Floor
Theme_Keyword: Coastal United States
Theme_Keyword: East Coast
Theme_Keyword: Animals/invertebrates
Theme_Keyword: Protoctista
Theme_Keyword: Annelida
Theme_Keyword: Arthropoda
Theme_Keyword: Mollusca
Theme_Keyword: Echinodermata
Theme_Keyword: Spionidae
Theme_Keyword: Lumbrineridae
Theme_Keyword: Nephtyidae
Theme_Keyword: Cirratulidae
Theme_Keyword: Aoridae
Theme_Keyword: Paraonidae
Theme_Keyword: Ampharetidae
Theme_Keyword: Maldanidae
Theme_Keyword: Nuculidae
Theme_Keyword: Ampeliscidae
Theme_Keyword: Glyceridae
Theme_Keyword: Pandalidae
Theme_Keyword: Sabellidae
Theme_Keyword: BIOTA
Theme_Keyword: OCEANS
Theme_Keyword: ENGLISH
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD
Place_Keyword: OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Access_Constraints: To view constraints placed on dataset, please see Policies and Disclaimer section (from the panel on the left) on OBIS-USA web site at http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa. OBIS-USA renders information prepared by contributors accessible through dynamic on-line publication. It does not peer-review the quality of the data provided. However, it is confident that the data are the best available in electronic form. OBIS-USA does not own or try to control or limit the use of any data or products accessible through its website. Accordingly, it does not take responsibility for the quality of such data or products, or the use that people may make of them. Users must recognize that the analysis and interpretation of data requires background knowledge and expertise about marine biodiversity (including ecosystems and taxonomy). Users should be aware of possible errors in the use of species names, geo-referencing, data handing and mapping. They should crosscheck their results for possible errors, and qualify their interpretation of any results accordingly. Appropriate caution is thus necessary in the interpretation of results derived from OBIS-USA.
Use_Constraints:
Prior to use of these records in any analysis or report, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center must be notified and if used the provenance of the original data must be acknowledged. Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing NEFSC databases and acknowledge the use of the OBIS-USA facility. Recognize the limitations of data in OBIS-USA.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: PHILIP GOLDSTEIN
Contact_Position: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 303-887-6043
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Philip.Goldstein@Colorado.edu
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: The data has been used for many years and has had quality checks.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Not Available
Completeness_Report:
Not Available
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Not Available
Process_Date: Unknown
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 0.0001 Decimal degrees
Longitude_Resolution: 0.0001 Decimal degrees
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal degrees
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: IOBIS/OBIS-US > UNITED STATES REGIONAL OCEAN BIOGEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (OBIS) NODE
Contact_Person: PHILIP GOLDSTEIN
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 303-887-6043
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Philip.Goldstein@Colorado.edu
Resource_Description: NEFSCBenthicDatabase
Distribution_Liability:
Not Available
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: Text
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa/
Access_Instructions:
DATA CENTER URL
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name:
http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa
Access_Instructions:
This will direct you to the OBIS-USA web site. Select Participants and Datasets from the panel on the left. Scroll down to NEFSCBenthicDatabase and click on the "Go" button on the right for a Dataset Detail screen where you will see a map of dataset contents, and tabs for options to Get Data, see Metadata, or use the Data Dashboard for that dataset
Fees: None
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20110314
Metadata_Review_Date: 20120119
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: GCMD User Support Office
Contact_Organization: NASA Global Change Master Directory
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Not Available
City: Lanham
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20706
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: Not Available
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gcmduso@gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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