Cook Inlet Beluga Opportunistic Sightings, 1975 to 2015 (NCEI Accession 0142326)

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As a part of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) management of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population, a database of opportunistic beluga whale sightings was compiled from reports made by the general public, aircraft patrols, wildlife surveys, and military and industry monitoring studies. Sightings are reported to NMFS Alaska Regional (AKR) office personnel either by voice- or e-mail. Sighting data are then transcribed and sent to the NMFS National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) for entry into the database. Data are first assessed for quality during transcription by NMFS AKR personnel. Secondary review and confirmation is undertaken by NMFS NMML personnel prior to entry of data into the Access Database.
  • Cite as: Kim E. W. Shelden; Christy L. Sims; Linda Vate Brattström; Barbara Mahoney (2016). Cook Inlet Beluga Opportunistic Sightings, 1975 to 2015 (NCEI Accession 0142326). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 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 1975-06-28 to 2015-11-07
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 61.52
S: 59.07
E: -148.98
W: -154.17
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2016-02-25
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
Submission Package ID: 3NG3HH
Purpose Sightings of beluga are used by the Alaska Region NMFS office in ESA section 7 consultations.
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: Kim E. W. Shelden; Christy L. Sims; Linda Vate Brattström; Barbara Mahoney (2016). Cook Inlet Beluga Opportunistic Sightings, 1975 to 2015 (NCEI Accession 0142326). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
Cited Authors
  • Kim E. W. Shelden
  • Christy L. Sims
  • Linda Vate Brattström
  • Barbara Mahoney
Collaborators
  • Christy Sims
    US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Alaska Fisheries Science Center; National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMFS/AFSC National Marine Mammal Laboratory - NMFS/AFSC/NMML)
Contributors
Resource Providers
Points of Contact
  • Kim Shelden
    US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Alaska Fisheries Science Center; National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMFS/AFSC National Marine Mammal Laboratory - NMFS/AFSC/NMML)
Publishers
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS > CETACEANS
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/NMFS > National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/AFSC/NMML > National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 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
  • VISUAL OBSERVATIONS
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN > GULF OF ALASKA
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Kim E. W. Shelden; Christy L. Sims; Linda Vate Brattström; Barbara Mahoney (2016). Cook Inlet Beluga Opportunistic Sightings, 1975 to 2015 (NCEI Accession 0142326). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
Access Constraints
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Processing Steps
  • 2016-02-25T20:33:41 - NCEI Accession 0142326 v1.1 was published.
Output Datasets
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Processing Steps
  • Data Type: LATITUDE (measured); Units: gps; Observation Type: other; Sampling Instrument: map.
  • Data Type: LONGITUDE (measured); Units: Gps; Observation Type: other; Sampling Instrument: map.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • visual observation
Last Modified: 2018-03-06T13:27:24
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