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NOAA Shallow-Water Benthic Habitats: Insular Pacific
Entry ID: benthic_habitats

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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.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 28.48   S: -14.57   E: -154.8   W: 134.11

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Dataset Title: NOAA Shallow-Water Benthic Habitats: Insular Pacific
Data Presentation Form: HTML
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2004-01-01
Stop Date: 2007-12-31
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.
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Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Email: jimp at
Email: nccos.webcontent at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2015-03-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-12-06