Rays in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Aerial Survey and Satellite Telemetry 2008-2012 (NCEI Accession 0129495)

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The dataset contains distribution and abundance data for rays in the Gulf of Mexico collected through aerial surveys and satellite telemetry. Aerial survey data includes the date, time, latitude and longitude where rays were observed, and number and species of rays observed during 32 surveys which took place from 2008 to 2011. Satellite telemetry data contains data for 11 cownose rays that were fitted with Smart Positioning or Temperature satellite transmitters between March and November 2011. The satellite telemetry data includes information about the cownose rays that were tracked, including the location they were caught, disk length, disk width, weight, sex, the number of days that the satellite tag remained attached to the ray, the calculated total distance traveled by each ray while fitted with the tag, and the calculated mean and maximum rate of movement for each ray while fitted with the satellite tag. The data from ARGOS that was used to calculate total distance and rates of movement for the tagged cownose rays is included in this data set and includes location date, satellite that received the signal, latitude, longitude, number of messages received and data ARGOS used to calculate the error ellipse for each location.
  • Cite as: Ajemian, Matt; Powers, Sean (2015). Rays in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Aerial Survey and Satellite Telemetry 2008-2012 (NCEI Accession 0129495). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0129495. Accessed [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 2008-07-17 to 2012-03-26
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 40.281
S: 19.946
E: -41.187
W: -96.948
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2015-06-23
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
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: GLN0LG
Purpose This dataset is available to the public for a wide variety of uses including scientific research and analysis.
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 the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Ajemian, Matt; Powers, Sean (2015). Rays in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Aerial Survey and Satellite Telemetry 2008-2012 (NCEI Accession 0129495). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0129495. Accessed [date].
Cited Authors
  • Ajemian, Matt
  • Powers, Sean
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > AGRICULTURE > ANIMAL SCIENCE > ANIMAL ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR
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
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • DRIFTING BUOYS
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Ajemian, Matt; Powers, Sean (2015). Rays in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Aerial Survey and Satellite Telemetry 2008-2012 (NCEI Accession 0129495). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0129495. Accessed [date].
Access Constraints
  • Use liability: 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
  • 2015-06-23T18:50:15Z - NCEI Accession 0129495 v1.1 was published.
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Processing Steps
  • Data Type: Rate of Movement (calculated); Units: kilometers per day; Observation Type: satellite; Sampling Instrument: ARGOS DCLS; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Satellite linked radio transmitters (platform transmitter terminals or PTTs) were used to monitor the geographic movements of 11 cownose rays in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011 and 2012. Transmission from PTTs were detected and processed by the ARGOS Data Collection and Location System (ARGOS DCLS). Wildlife Computers Smart Positioning or Temperature (SPOT) 5 tags were used to transmit animal location at the surface to orbiting ARGOS satellites.; Data Quality Information: Rate of Movement at which the ray moved between two successive position estimates, calculated as total distance traveled divided by number of days at liberty.
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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
  • buoy - drifting buoy
  • satellite sensor - general
Last Modified: 2019-03-17T16:21:29Z
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