NF -10-03-USVI Characterization of Seafloor Habitats of the U.S. Caribbean (EK60)

Metadata Updated: February 7, 2018

The Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) will be conducting the eighth year of an ongoing scientific research mission onboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster funded by NOAA?s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The purpose of the cruise will be to collect swath bathymetry and acoustical backscatter, as well as fishery acoustics data in high priority areas in the U.S. Caribbean. Scientists will collect high resolution multibeam and acoustic fisheries data in midwater depths approximately 30 to 1000 meters so as to continue to characterize seafloor habitats within all U.S. States, Territories, and Commonwealths. The objective of this project is to collect a multibeam bathymetry dataset with 100% seafloor ensonification, along with multibeam backscatter suitable for seafloor characterization. Fishery acoustics data will be collected to characterize broad-scale fish abundance, biomass, and utilization patterns, as well as to locate and document fish spawning aggregations. Multibeam data will be collected to conform to IHO Order 1 (100m) accuracy standards. The strategies developed for each survey area will take into account the minimum depths, general bathymetry, and time allotment. The delineation and identification of seafloor habitats will be assisted by the use of a moderatedepth Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and drop camera. The vehicle has video and frame camera capability to depths of 300 meters and will be used to point sampling within areas mapped during this mission.

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Metadata Date May 30, 2017
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 7, 2018
Reference Date(s) March 17, 2010 (creation)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Resource Type Series
Metadata Date May 30, 2017
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 7, 2018
Reference Date(s) March 17, 2010 (creation)
Responsible Party National Centers Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) (Principal Investigator); National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) (Principal Investigator)
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Access Constraints Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA (2010): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (NF-10-03-USVI, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5P26W3C [access date], Resource may not be available for up to one year after initial collection.
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Bbox North Lat 18.3205699996397
Bbox South Lat 18.1627799995861
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Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Guid gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.wcd:NF-10-03-USVI_EK60
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Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence These data are considered raw and have not been subjected to the NOAA's quality control or quality assurance procedures. They are released for limited public use as preliminary data to be used only with appropriate caution. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
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Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2010-03-17T00:00:00
Temporal Extent End 2010-04-05T00:00:00

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