Archive of Geosample Data and Information from the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project.

browse graphicimage of sea floor sample locations
Geological samples collected as part of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project are curated by the U.S. Geological Survey, a partner in the ECS Project.
To date, dredges and cores have been collected from the Arctic Ocean floor, and small sediment samples have also been collected from the Bering Sea.
According to ECS policy, application can be made by qualified researchers to the ECS Samples Curator to obtain portions of these samples for study.
Related sample data, information, and images generated at sea, during ECS post-cruise working parties, and other research results
are available for public access via the ECS Information Management System (ECS IMS) website maintained by NOAA's NCEI.
Both ECS samples and related data are searchable through the Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS) database maintained by NCEI.
  • cite as: U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project: Archive of data and information about the ECS geosample collection. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5GF0RG9 [date of access].
gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.geology:archived-data_ECS-samples-repository
Search Data
  • Map viewer (search)
    Open an ArcGIS interactive map interface with the ECS sample layer active, to search and download data from the IMLGS database and access related links.
  • Linked data interface (search)
    Offsite Linked Data interface (RDF graph) for Semantic Web access to the database, offered cooperatively on the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) server.
  • Open Data ArcGIS interface (search)
    Access sample information from the IMLGS using the Open Data ArcGIS interface enabling filtering, sorting, and export in multiple formats
Download Data
  • Web forms interface (download)
    Text interface to search and download data for ECS samples from the IMLGS database and access related links.
Distribution Formats
  • ASCII (Version: UTF-8)
    • File Specification: American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text format.
  • JPEG
    • File Specification: Joint Photographic Experts Group Image Format
  • KML
    • File Specification: Keyhole Markup Language File
  • PDF
    • File Specification: Portable Document Format
Ordering Instructions Data are also available in other custom formats, including shapefiles on request.
Distributor User Services
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
303-497-6826
ngdc.info@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact ECS Samples Curator
Collections Manager, USGS East Coast Sample Repository
U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
508 457-2361
bbuczkowski@usgs.gov
Dataset Point of Contact Marine Geology Data Manager
Marine Geology Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4603
geology.info@noaa.gov
Coverage Description Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea
Time Period 2008-08-31T00:00:00.000Z to 2012-09-22T00:00:00.000Z
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 81.57966
S: 55.15945
E: -128.62745
W: -177.7997
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • U.S. ECS Project Information Management System Website
  • Curators of Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples Consortium: Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS). National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5H41PB8
    • Parent Database
      The parent IMLGS database contains more/related data and information.
  • NCEI Marine Geology Data Archive
    • Parent Archive
      Information about the Marine Geology Data Archive at NCEI.
  • NOAA/NCEI Marine Geology WAF
  • Parent ID (indicates this is related to other data):
    • gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.geology:G00028
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2008-12-31
  • revision: 2015-09-14
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Digital image
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Irregular - ECS core data are collected infrequently, no new samples have been collected since 2012.
Supplemental Information
While the ECS project is committed to transparency and public release of data collected as part of the ECS project, this approach is not always practical or possible for sensitive or otherwise restricted data sets data collected outside of the ECS project that are not currently publicly available may need to be handled differently. The ECS project will address the terms of access and use of such data on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the entity responsible for such data. The ECS project will encourage the owners of all non-public data to make such data public, particularly for use by the ECS project and especially if the data were collected with government funds.
Purpose The first priority for geologic samples collected as part of the U.S. ECS Project is their application to delineating the U.S. ECS, however the ECS Task Force recognizes the important scientific value of these samples and encourages their study and the open publication of related scientific findings. The purpose of adding information about the ECS geological samples collection to the IMLGS is to promote new research on existing samples.
Use Limitations
  • Produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Originators
  • Dr. Andy Armstrong
    NOAA/University of New Hampshire Joint Hydrographic Center
  • Dr. John A. Barron
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Dr. Ginger Barth
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Dr. Kelley Brumley
    Stanford University
  • Brian Buczkowski
    U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Dr. Brian E. Edwards
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Dr. James Hein
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Dr. Tom Lorenson
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Dr. Larry Mayer
    University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) and NOAA/University of New Hampshire Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC)
  • Dr. Mary McGann
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Dr. John Pohlman
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Dr. Matthew Salisbury
    Geological Survey of Canada
Custodians
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Sponsors
  • U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project (ECS)
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Acknowledgments
  • Samples were collected as part of the interagency ECS Project.
Theme keywords Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Databases
  • Scientific archives
  • Electronic records
  • Ocean bottom
  • Geology
  • Submarine geology
  • Marine sediments
SeaDataNet Common Vocabularies
  • Marine geology
  • Rock and sediment lithology and mineralogy
USGS Science Topics
  • Sea-floor characteristics
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Composition
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > DREDGING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > CORING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > SEDIMENT CORERS
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL OCEAN
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
  • OCEAN > ARCTIC OCEAN
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • IMLGS
Use Constraints
  • Please consult the ECS Samples Curator before proposing research on any sample.
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Access Constraints
  • Sample loan requires completion of ECS forms as specified in the ECS Data and Samples Policy. Sample data and images are available online for free download, following a moratorium period.
Other Constraints cite as: U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project: Archive of data and information about the ECS geosample collection. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5GF0RG9 [date of access].
Fees
  • free for online download
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Incoming data were checked for adherence to controlled vocabularies, illegal data types in numeric fields, and out of range latitudes/longitudes. NCEI added IGSNs/links to related resources, where known, and performed cursory visual inspection of data for reasonableness, asking the originator for guidance on discrepancies.
Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Environment Native Dataset Environment: database tables with auxiliary text, images, and PDF documents.
Source Datasets
  • ECS Related data, reports, and publications
    • Description of Source: Additional information about the samples may be contained in related ECS cruise reports, geophysical data documentation, and publications.
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
Platform
    Last Modified: 2015-12-31
    For questions about the information on this page, please email: geology.info@noaa.gov