Ecological data for oil spill response planning from the Florida/Alabama border to Cape Sable, Florida (NODC Accession 0000598)

This data collection includes habitat characterizations, marine mammal distributions, bird and reptile distributions, nest distributions, and other data and information organized using a geographic information system (GIS). Specialized software for reading and interpreting GIS files is required to fully utilize this data collection.
  • Cite as: Ward, David; Florida Marine Research Institute (2010). Ecological data for oil spill response planning from the Florida/Alabama border to Cape Sable, Florida (NODC Accession 0000598). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Time Period 1996-01-01 to 1996-12-31
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 31.5
S: 24
E: -81
W: -84
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2010-12-16
Edition 1.1
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
The following supplemental information is from the data provider:

This letter is to inform and caution you about any caveats inherent in the Gulf Wide Information System (GWIS) data!

The data you have requested were developed for Oil Spill Response, therefore, from an Oil Spill Response perspective. The intent is to give Oil Spill Responders a general idea of the 'possible' resources that may be impacted by a spill; allowing quicker deployment of appropriate equipment to critical areas. There are many serious limitations when using these data for analyses other than those of original intent. These limitations include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) The characteristics the data represent are inconsistent across the state. For example, sea turtles are more prominent on the east-coast than the west-coast of Florida. Therefore, ten sea turtles within an one-mile stretch may be considered a dense population on the east-coast, however, two sea turtles within a one-mile stretch may be considered a dense population on the west-coast.

2) The data representing seasonality are generalized and imprecise; i.e., the months - January, February, and March are represented by winter. If a species of bird is found only in January - not in February or March - it is classified as being present in winter. Viewing the seasonality table, one can only infer that the bird is present at least one of the three months represented by winter; however, it is incorrect to assume the bird is present in any specific month or all three months.

3) Some data, i.e., bird presence, are not based on scientific sampling. The samples represented by the data were gathered on an impromptu basis. There was neither an organized nor thorough effort to gather a scientifically based sample for any area the GWIS data represent. (Simply, the data have elements based on expert 'hearsay.')

4) The data represent one instant in time. For example, if a bird species is reported as being sited in an area it was included in the data. However, this does not indicate the area is a suitable habitat for that bird species.

5) The GWIS data do not represent all species of plants or animals for an area. For example, a GWIS map not showing a species of plant or animal in a region does not indicate they do not exist. It may simply mean that the area has not been visited. Or, when visited, the species of plant or animal may not have been recognized or seen, and therefore, not reported.

The Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI) cannot and will not support any use of the GWIS data other than for their original intended purpose. Please make any and all users of the GWIS data aware of their intended purpose and that serious limitations exist, especially for scientific analyses. The Florida Marine Research Institute asks that you attach a copy of this letter to all distributions of the GWIS data. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Tara Morgan by telephone at (727) 896-8626 or by e-mail at Morgan_T@fmri.usf.edu.
Purpose Basic research
Use Limitations
  • accessLevel: Public
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Ward, David; Florida Marine Research Institute (2010). Ecological data for oil spill response planning from the Florida/Alabama border to Cape Sable, Florida (NODC Accession 0000598). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > MOLLUSKS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > AMPHIBIANS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > BIRDS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > REPTILES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > SOCIOECONOMICS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > SHORELINES
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Ward, David; Florida Marine Research Institute (2010). Ecological data for oil spill response planning from the Florida/Alabama border to Cape Sable, Florida (NODC Accession 0000598). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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  • NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
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Processing Steps
  • 2010-12-16T16:24:32 - NCEI Accession 0000598 v1.1 was published.
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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.
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