AFSC/ABL: Marine Debris Surveys in Alaska, 1972-2015

Metadata Updated: November 17, 2018

Scientists at the Auke Bay Laboratory have conducted marine debris surveys on select beaches in Alaska periodically since 1972. Some of the beaches previously sampled have been identified as marine debris hot spots due to their increased debris accumulation. At each location, multiple 1 km beach segments were sampled by people walking the beach and enumerating all anthropogenic marine debris found. The beach area surveyed was from the waters edge up to the base of the storm berm or log piles. Individual beach segments have been walked multiple times in the since 1972 allowing for a direct comparison with prior years. Sampling occurred in late spring and summer to test the hypothesis of change in marine debris sources due to increased summer boat traffic and the diminished occurrence and severity of storms.

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Metadata Date February 28, 2018
Metadata Created Date May 31, 2016
Metadata Updated Date November 17, 2018
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Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 28, 2018
Metadata Created Date May 31, 2016
Metadata Updated Date November 17, 2018
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact); Alaska Fisheries Science Center (Custodian)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Access Constraints: There are no legal restrictions on access to the data. They reside in public domain and can be freely distributed. | Use Constraints: User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Data should not be used beyond the limits of the source scale. Acknowledgement of NOAA, as the source from which these data were obtained, in any publications and/or other representations of these data is suggested. | Distribution Liability: The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Bbox East Long -132.679905
Bbox North Lat 55.781804
Bbox South Lat 54.673497
Bbox West Long -155.724463
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:26949
Harvest Object Id 1bc88556-2f04-41ed-97a2-1e9abed5771f
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1972
Temporal Extent End 2015

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