Unexploded Ordnance Areas

Metadata Updated: December 19, 2020

Unexploded ordnances (UXO) are explosive weapons (bombs, bullets, shells, grenades, mines, etc.) that did not explode when they were employed and still pose a risk of detonation. Ocean disposal of munitions was also an accepted international practice until 1970, when it was prohibited by the Department of Defense. In 1972 Congress also passed the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act banning ocean disposal of munitions and other pollutants. This dataset represents known or possible former explosive dumping areas and UXOs. This is NOT a complete collection of unexploded ordnances on the seafloor, nor are the locations considered to be accurate. Two related datasets should be viewed in tandem: Unexploded Ordnance Locations displays known/possible individual or tightly grouped unexploded ordnances on the ocean floor and Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) displays areas identified by the United States Army Corps of Engineers where unexploded ordnances may exist.

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Metadata Date November 24, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 19, 2020
Reference Date(s) December 12, 2018 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

Metadata Source

Harvested from NOS OCM

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 24, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 19, 2020
Reference Date(s) December 12, 2018 (publication)
Responsible Party NOAA Office for Coastal Management (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:54407
Access Constraints Cite As: Office for Coastal Management, [Date of Access]: Unexploded Ordnance Areas [Data Date Range], https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/54407., Use Constraints: See access and use constraints information. | Distribution Liability: NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Marine Cadastre web site are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. http://www.marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html
Bbox East Long 177.693256
Bbox North Lat 59.165649
Bbox South Lat 13.094967
Bbox West Long -177.199236
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

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