Water Depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster in the US Caribbean/ Puerto Rico and St. Thomas from 2016-04-07 to 2016-04-26 (NCEI Accession 0157612)

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NOAA's NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Team, in collaboration with NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, federal, academic, and private sector partners conducted the 2016 Seafloor Mapping of the US Caribbean project. Several areas of interest were explored and surveyd during the field mission in the eastern Puerto Rico region. H12935 was conducted on along the southeastern Puerto Rican shelf edge using a deep water Em 710 multibeam echo sounder (mbes) at 100khz. H12936 was conducted north of the Isla de Culebra over the broad moderately shallow insular shelf using a 400 khz Reson 7125 mbes. A third opportunistic survey was conducted along the edge of the USVI insular shelf south of St. Thomas to conjoin previous NOAA Ship Nancy Foster mission surveys. During the field mission, a Remotely Operated Vehicle owned by the University of North Carolina collected HD photo and video ground validation video. Data was processed by a NOAA contractor using CARIS HIPS software. Data has all correctors applied (attitude, sound velocity) and has been reduced to mean lower low water (MLLW) using final approved tides from NOAA COOPS. Data is spatially referenced in UTM Zone 20 North, Datum WGS84. The project was conducted to meet IHO order 1 and 2 accuracy standards, dependent on the project area and depth. All users should individually evaluate the suitability of this data according to their own needs and standards.
  • Cite as: Battista, Timothy; Stecher, Michael; Costa, Bryan; Sautter, Will; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2017). Water Depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster in the US Caribbean/ Puerto Rico and St. Thomas from 2016-04-07 to 2016-04-26 (NCEI Accession 0157612). Version 2.2. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5RX9945 [access date]
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Time Period 2016-04-07 to 2016-04-26
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 18.562394
S: 17.801341
E: -64.849747
W: -66.611346
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2017-01-17
  • revision: 2017-02-06
Edition 2.2
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: 7R3M9R

The HD photo and video ground validation video described in the abstract were not submitted as part of the archival package.
Purpose The mission's purpose is to better understand the resources within the surveyed reef habitats, and ultimately develop species utilization models linking physical habitats with biological information. The multibeam backscatter, multibeam bathymetry, and ground truth video footage collected during the 2016 mission will be used internally to characterize sea floor topography and to create benthic habitat maps, helping NOAA to meet its mapping commitment to the US Coral Reef Task Force. The resulting publicly-distributed data is also a contribution to the greater scientific community interested in the Caribbean seafloor.
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  • accessLevel: Public
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Battista, Timothy; Stecher, Michael; Costa, Bryan; Sautter, Will; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2017). Water Depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster in the US Caribbean/ Puerto Rico and St. Thomas from 2016-04-07 to 2016-04-26 (NCEI Accession 0157612). Version 2.2. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5RX9945 [access date]
Cited Authors
Principal Investigators
  • Tim Battista
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (NCCOS/CCMA)
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Geographic Information > Bathymetry
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat > Description
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Backscatter
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > BATHYMETRY
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > WATER DEPTH
NCCOS Keywords
  • Research Data Types > Geospatial
  • Research Topics > Habitat Mapping
  • Research Topics > Remote Sensing
None
  • 7125
  • Acoustic
  • Bathymetry
  • Benthic
  • Biogeography
  • Coral
  • EM710
  • Essential Fish Habitat
  • GIS
  • Geotiff
  • H12935
  • H12936
  • Habitat
  • IOCM
  • Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping
  • Kongsberg
  • M-I907-NF-16
  • MBES
  • Multibeam
  • NF16
  • NOAA
  • Nancy Foster
  • Raster
  • Reef
  • Reson
  • Seafloor Mapping
  • Seafloor Mapping of the US Caribbean
  • Sonar
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/NCCOS > National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • SHIPS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • MBES > Multibeam Mapping System
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Leeward Islands > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
None
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Culebra
  • Insular Shelf
  • Ponce
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Bank
  • St. Thomas
  • USVI
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 463
  • Mapping Essential Fish Habitat in the US Caribbean to inform MPA management
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Battista, Timothy; Stecher, Michael; Costa, Bryan; Sautter, Will; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2017). Water Depth and acoustic backscatter data collected from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster in the US Caribbean/ Puerto Rico and St. Thomas from 2016-04-07 to 2016-04-26 (NCEI Accession 0157612). Version 2.2. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5RX9945 [access date]
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Processing Steps
  • 2017-01-17T15:49:23 - NCEI Accession 0157612 v1.1 was published.
  • 2017-02-06T22:01:41 - NCEI Accession 0157612 was revised and v2.2 was published.
    Rationale: Updates were received for this data set. These updates were copied into the data/0-data/ directory of this accession. These updates may provide additional files or replace obsolete files. This version contains the most complete and up-to-date representation of this archival information package. All of the files received prior to this update are available in the preceding version of this accession.
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Processing Steps
  • Data Type: Water Depth (measured); Units: meter; Observation Type: model output; Sampling Instrument: multibeam sonar; Sampling and Analyzing Method: A 400 khz Reson 7125 MBES system was used to map the shallow areas (10-90m) and a 100 khz Em 710 MBES system was used to map the deeper areas (>90m). All bathymetry was corrected for tides, sound velocity, and vessel motion. Bathymetry was produced using CARIS HIPS and SIPS 9.1 and exported to geotiff format.; Data Quality Information: Lead Line and cross line soundings were collected to verify water depths. A Combined Uncertainty Bathymetric Estimator (CUBE) grid was created and rigorously cleaned of noise and artifacts. Final bathymetry underwent QAQC from Atlantic Hydrographic Branch.
  • Data Type: Backscatter (measured); Units: dB; Observation Type: model output; Sampling Instrument: multibeam sonar; Sampling and Analyzing Method: A 400 khz Reson 7125 MBES system was used to map the shallow areas (10-90m) and a 100 khz Em 710 MBES system was used to map the deeper areas (>90m). Backscatter was produced by processing the snippets data in beam time series using Fledermaus Geocoder Toolbox (FMGT) and exported as a geotiff.; Data Quality Information: Backscatter is uncalibrated and relative to sonar unit. A NOAA GIS analyst produced the imagery and adjusted histograms for dynamic range. Ground validation pending on ROV video analysis.
  • Data Type: Video Transect Images (measured); Units: HD Video; Observation Type: in situ; Sampling Instrument: Remotely Operated Vehicle; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Mohawk ROV with Insite Pacific Mini Zeus II Color HD Video and Kongsberg OE14-408 digital still camera.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • multibeam sonar
Platform
  • NANCY FOSTER
Last Modified: 2018-03-08T01:51:27
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