Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Atlas: Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, maps and geographic information systems data (NODC Accession 0002825)

Currently, the most widely used approach to sensitive environment mapping in the United States is the NOAA Environmental Sensitivity Index or ESI. This approach systematically compiles information in standard formats for coastal shoreline sensitivity, biological resources, and human-use resources. ESI maps are useful for identifying sensitive resources before a spill occurs so that protection priorities can be established and cleanup strategies designed in advance. Using ESIs in spill response and planning reduces the environmental consequences of the spill and cleanup efforts. NOAA has undertaken a wide-ranging program to promote open ESI standards and to develop digital ESI databases for high-priority coastal areas in partnerships with states and other Federal agencies. NOTE: MAPS ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES

This ESI Atlas Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands: Maps and Geographic Systems Data contains geographic shape files e.g., ArcView 3.x project and supporting shape and .dbf files, of the locale and identified sensitive areas and biota. Accompanying detailed Adobe Acrobat .PDF ESI maps, extensive metadata, a user guide, and files in MOSS Map Overlay and Statistical System format are also provided; in addition, files have been provided for users of ArcGIS 9.x. Biological and geographical data utilized in this atlas date from 1999 to 2005 and data were compiled 2004-2005.

A digital data re-release from April 2007 is also archived at the NODC under accession number 0033616.
  • Cite as: Petersen, J.; US DOC/NOAA > NOS - Seattle, WA (2011). Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Atlas: Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, maps and geographic information systems data (NODC Accession 0002825). 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 2004-01-01 to 2005-12-01
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 15.344
S: 13.184
E: 145.882
W: 144.567
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2011-01-04
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
DO NOT USE THESE MAPS FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES!

Information from left side of disc - March 2006 Seattle, Washington

DISCLAIMER: NOAA makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NODC cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data, nor as a result of the failure of these data to function on a particular system.

Original data was submitted to NODC as the ESI Atlas CD-ROM Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Directory file details from the included file read1.pdf are as follows:

AVPROJ contains an ArcView 3.x project and the
supporting shape and dbf files. The subdirectory AVPROJ
contains the project file, GUAM.APR with documentation
and software for installation. The project itself is a single view containing a theme for each ESI data layer. Themes have been symbolized using the standard ESI colors and patterns. It includes links from the biology and socioeconomic themes to a flat file version of the ESI tables. An ESI menu enables links to
searchable breeding and source tables for more complex
queries. These links can also be turned off to maximize
the performance of simpler queries. DBFILES is broken down into two subdirectories, DESKTOP and RELFILES. The DESKTOP directory
contains a simplified flat file format that permits data
queries without establishing the complex links needed for
the relational files. Supporting data tables allow more
complex queries of the breeding and source items. These
are the tables that are used in the ArcView project and
with the ESI viewer. The RELFILES directory contains the relational data tables that were used during the ESI data collection. These are a set of normalized, relational tables that will maintain the integrity of the data during updates. Though they are considerably more complex, these tables should be used
for maintenance and updating of the ESI data set.

DOCUMENT contains atlas-specific metadata that should be referenced for entity and attribute information as well as data lineage. The metadata are provided in four different formats: html, sgml, text, and as a pdf. GUIDE.PDF is also in the document directory. This gives general information about how ESI data are collected and general GIS/database considerations.
ESI_VIEW contains Macintosh and Windows installers
for a standalone ESI data viewer. The Macintosh installer
and application currently run only in Classic mode. The
document TOUR describes the installation procedure and will help you to understand the ESI data. It shows how
to formulate simple, yet useful queries. MARPLOT
documentation is provided for more general questions
on the mapping software.

GEODATABASE contains the ESI data in a geodatabase format for use in ArcGIS 9.x. To use, copy the entire subdirectory, GUAM, to a hard drive. Guam.mxd, can be launched by doubleclicking
or opening within ArcGIS. Relates to supporting tables and the standard ESI symbolization have been saved to the mxd. A number of ESI tools have been developed to ease the use of the data. They can be downloaded from: http://response.restoration. noaa.gov/esitoolkit. This site should be checked on occasion for possible new tools and updates to existing tools.

MOSS contains the ESI geographic data in MOSS file format. This simple text format makes it easy to write translators to other GIS software. Users of these files should use the lookup tables provided in this directory rather than those in the DBFILES directory. SOURCE contains the ESI geographic data in
uncompressed, double-precision, Arc export file format. These data (as all geographic data on this CD) are provided in geographic coordinates, WGS-84.

SYMBOLS contains the ESI symbology and lookup tables for use with ARCEDIT and ARCPLOT software A readme.txt file tells where these files should be installed and how they work.

PDFS contains electronic versions of the Guam ESI atlas in portable document format. The document GUIDE.PDF describes how to use the navigable pdf software, for example, to link from the index to the appropriate atlas page then to the back of the map.
The pdfs may be used on-line or are excellent for printing out individual atlas pages.

Also available: Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands Digital Data Re-Release, April 2007, NODC Accession Number 0033616. Additional ESI atlases have also been archived at the NODC.

The original disks for this NODC Accession have been transferred to
the NOAA Central Library. A copy of each disk can be generated using
the .iso files in the data/0-data/disc_image/ directory.
Purpose The ESI data were collected, mapped, and digitized to provide environmental data for oil spill planning and response. The Clean Water Act, with amendments by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, requires response plans for immediate and effective protection of sensitive resources. Oil spill planning and response remains the primary use of these maps; however, they are finding ever-widening use in such areas as coastal resource inventories and assessments, coastal planning, and recreational planning.
Use Limitations
  • accessLevel: Public
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Petersen, J.; US DOC/NOAA > NOS - Seattle, WA (2011). Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Atlas: Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, maps and geographic information systems data (NODC Accession 0002825). 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
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Map Images > Environmental Sensitivity Index
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Benthic Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Coastal Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Damage Assessment > Chemical
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Damage Assessment > Natural
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Mapping > Habitat Mapping
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Birds
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Invertebrates
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Mammals > Cetaceans
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Mammals > Pinnipeds
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Reptiles > Turtles
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > BIRDS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > REPTILES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > SHORELINES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS > CORAL REEFS
Originator Theme Keywords
  • Coastal Resources
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • ESI
  • ESI Atlas
  • ESI Maps
  • Environmental Sensitivity Index
  • Hydrography
  • Natural Hazards Assessment
  • Oceans
  • Oil and Chemical Spills
  • Oil spill planning
  • Sensitivity maps
  • Wildlife
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
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS > National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Guam > Guam (13N144E0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Guam > Guam (13N144E0000)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • ESI > Environmental Sustainability Index
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Petersen, J.; US DOC/NOAA > NOS - Seattle, WA (2011). Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Atlas: Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, maps and geographic information systems data (NODC Accession 0002825). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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  • 2011-01-04T15:51:54 - NCEI Accession 0002825 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.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • biota surveys
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