Benthic Habitats of the Florida Keys derived from color aerial photography collected between December 1991 and March 1992 (NCEI Accession 0143928)

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This project was a cooperative effort between the National Ocean Service and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Marine Research Institute (now called the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute).The goal of the effort was to produce shallow-water (from 0 to approximately 30 m water depth) benthic habitat maps of the Florida Keys and adjacent waters.

The maps were generated by expert visual interpretation of 1:48,000 scale color aerial photography and subsequent photogrammetric, stereo, digital compilation of interpreted habitat polygon boundaries from aerial photography. The Minimum mapping unit = 0.4 hectare (4,047 sq m; 1 acre) for all habitat. Patch reefs may be <0.5 ha. The aerial photography was acquired using a NOAA jet from December 1991 through March 1992. The photography was acquired with 60% side and 80% forward overlap to facilitate stereo compilation. Approximately 450 aerial photographs were acquired and used for the mapping project. Ground validation of interpreted habitat polygons was performed by visual verification at actual field sites prior to compilation. Aircraft Inertial Measurement Unit data were used to correct photography positioning in photogrammetric analytical plotters. The analytical solution used in the photogrammetric plotter for positioning was applied to bundles of 30-40 adjacent, overlapping aerial photographs. The stereo positioning of the photography was < 1 m. Digital data for bundles of compiled aerial photographs from the photogrammetric stereo plotter was imported into the ESRI ArcInfo GIS. The GIS was used to merge and edit the vector and attribute features of the 15 bundles to generate a mosaic benthic habitat map of the Florida Keys and adjacent areas covered by the aerial photography. Field validation of digitized habitat features visible in the aerial photography mosaics was performed to ensure correct interpretation. An assessment of the correctness of the interpreted digital map was performed by experts familiar with the the seafloor habitat found in the Florida Keys.
  • Cite as: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Florida Marine Research Institute; Sport Fishing Restoration (2016). Benthic Habitats of the Florida Keys derived from color aerial photography collected between December 1991 and March 1992 (NCEI Accession 0143928). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Time Period 1991-12-01 to 1998-01-01
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 25.25
S: 24.25
E: -80.2
W: -83
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • Benthic habitats of the Florida Keys
    • Benthic habitats of the Florida Keys (FMRI Technical Report TR-4)
      "This atlas contains 32 color maps depicting the benthic habitats at a scale of 1:51,000. In addition to showing the locations and extents of different habitat types in the Florida Keys, the atlas provides a brief description of the Florida Keys region, summary information on the extents of the ecological habitats by subregion, and a detailed description of each habitat type. ... The data can serve as a baseline for research and for monitoring projects undertaken by scientists, managers, and the academic community and to support resource-assessment activities and management decisions"
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2016-03-03
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
Purpose Basic research
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  • accessLevel: Public
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Florida Marine Research Institute; Sport Fishing Restoration (2016). Benthic Habitats of the Florida Keys derived from color aerial photography collected between December 1991 and March 1992 (NCEI Accession 0143928). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Geographic Information > Ecological Characterization
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat > Description
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment > In situ biological
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral reef ecology > Habitats
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > PLANTS > ANGIOSPERMS (FLOWERING PLANTS) > MONOCOTS > SEAGRASS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
  • EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS > CORAL REEFS
None
  • aquatic vegetation
  • coral reef
  • coralline algae
  • cover
  • habitat
  • macroalgae
  • point
  • reef
  • seagrass
  • structure
  • submerged
  • unconsolidated sediments
  • zone
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 > Florida
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Alligator Reef (24N080W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Big Pine Key (24N081W0004)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Key Largo (25N080W0010)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Key West (25N080W0016)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Looe Key Reef (24N081W0002)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Marathon (24N081W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Molasses Reef (25N080W0003)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Rodrigues Key (25N080W0025)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Summerland Key (24N081W0005)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Western Sambos (24N081W0014)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Key West (25N080W0016)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Marquesas Key (24N082W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Summerland Key (24N081W0005)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Western Sambos (24N081W0014)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
None
  • United States
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Use Constraints
  • Cite as: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Florida Marine Research Institute; Sport Fishing Restoration (2016). Benthic Habitats of the Florida Keys derived from color aerial photography collected between December 1991 and March 1992 (NCEI Accession 0143928). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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  • 2016-03-03T17:35:49 - NCEI Accession 0143928 v1.1 was published.
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  • camera
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