Benthic grab data from June 1995 in the Lower Bay of New York/New Jersey Harbor

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Originator: US Army Corps of Engineers NY District
Publication_Date: 20000531
Title:
Benthic grab data from June 1995 in the Lower Bay of New York/New Jersey Harbor
Edition: One
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Publisher: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Online_Linkage:
Larger_Work_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Publication_Date: 20000531
Title:
Sediment Profile Imaging for New York/New Jersey Harbor for October 1994 to October 1995
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Publisher: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Online_Linkage: <http://www.csc.noaa.gov/benthic/data/northeast/nynj.htm>
Description:
Abstract:
Benthic grab samples were collected using a Shipek grab at pre-determined locations in the harbor. Taxonomic enumerations and biological community parameters were estimated from grab samples and used to assess habitat conditions in conjunction with sediment profile images taken at the same stations. All data were entered into a database, and habitat classes were defined for each station. The database was then used in a Geographic Information System (GIS) to characterize benthic habitat types for New York/New Jersey Harbor.
Purpose:
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had a need to develop benthic habitat maps in NY/NJ Harbor. This was critical for developing a plan for dredged material management that was both economically feasible and environmentally sound. The overall objective was to provide background information to plan cost-effective, spatially focused studies for siting dredge material disposal and habitat restoration within the Harbor. These benthic grab data were useful in supplementing sediment profile data taken concurrently, and they are useful for evaluating abundance and biomass for species of interest and comparing community parameters over time.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 199506
Ending_Date: 199506
Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -74.250694
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -73.967797
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 40.603279
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 40.449360
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: benthic grab
Theme_Keyword: benthic habitat
Theme_Keyword: benthic mapping
Theme_Keyword: geographic information system
Theme_Keyword: GIS
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: New York
Place_Keyword: Northeastern U. S.
Place_Keyword: New York Harbor
Place_Keyword: Lower Bay
Place_Keyword: Raritan Bay
Place_Keyword: Sandy Hook Bay
Place_Keyword: New Jersey
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints:
It is the responsibility of the user to determine the appropriate use of the data product.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Contact_Position: Landscape Characterization Restoration (LCR) Program Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address:
2234 South Hobson Avenue
City: Charleston
State_or_Province: South Carolina
Postal_Code: 29405-2413
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (843) 740-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (843) 740-1224
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: csc@csc.noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Eastern Standard Time
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Quality assurance and control measures included randomly selecting 10% of the samples, reconstituting them with the original debris and repeating the entire separation, identification, and enumeration process. The quality assurance plan followed by Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc., called for all samples processed by a particular technician to be redone if more than 10% of that technician's work showed any samples to differ by more than 5% from the original results. For this project, all discrepancies were within 5%. The taxonomists previously worked on several projects for the NY/NJ area and verified each other's identifications. When differences of opinion occurred or when significant doubt remained, outside specialists examined the specimens. Identifications were to the lowest practical identification level (LPIL) when not to the species level.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
All data are believed to be logically consistent.
Completeness_Report:
All grab data were not included in this data layer.  Abundances for species of interest (usually the ten most abundant species plus commercially important species) were included in this data layer. Data on less frequently occurring species were not included, but these data can be found in the NY/NJ Harbor project database tables.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
Stations were located in the field using a differential Global Positioning System (GPS), and station coordinates, date and time of day were recorded upon arrival at each station.
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy:
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
Not relevant to the dataset.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Barry Vittor and Associates, Inc.
Publication_Date: 20000531
Title:
NY/NJ Harbor deep water survey, June 1995
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: tabular digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Charleston, South Carolina
Publisher: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Online_Linkage:
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Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 199506
Ending_Date: 199506
Source_Currentness_Reference:
ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
BVA grab data
Source_Contribution:
Taxonomic counts and community parameter estimates for benthic grabs collected for the NY/NJ Harbor project.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
A Shipek grab (0.04 m2) was used to collect benthic and sediment samples from one-third of the stations, and the grab was operated concurrently with deployment of a sediment profile camera from a different area of the RV Onrust. Two grabs were taken at each of the grab-sampled stations. All sediments collected in the first grab were prepared for benthic analyses by gently washing the material through a 0.5-mm mesh sieve and washing the contents into a labeled cloth bag that was immersed and stored in 10% buffered formaldehyde and seawater. In the laboratory at Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc., Mobile, AL, organisms were separated from the remaining debris by flotation and handpicking, identified by experienced taxonomists, and enumerated. Identification and counts were entered into a spreadsheet file and community parameter estimates were calculated. These data were then entered as a table into a database including the associated sediment profile data, sediment data and navigation records.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation:
BVA grab data
Process_Date: 20000307
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person:
Contact_Organization: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Contact_Position: Landscape Characterization and Restoration (LCR) Program Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address:
2234 South Hobson Avenue
City: Charleston
State_or_Province: SC
Postal_Code: 29405-2413
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (843) 740-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (843) 740-1224
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: csc@csc.noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Eastern Standard Time
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Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
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Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: Entity point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 184
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Grid_Coordinate_System:
Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: Universal Transverse Mercator
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Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
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Entity_Type_Definition:
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Attribute_Definition_Source:


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Attribute_Definition_Source:


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Attribute_Definition:
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Attribute_Definition_Source:


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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Contact_Position: Clearinghouse Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address:
2234 South Hobson Avenue
City: Charleston
State_or_Province: South Carolina
Postal_Code: 29405
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 843-740-1210
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 843-740-1224
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: csc@csc.noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Eastern Standard Time
Resource_Description: Benthic grab data from Lower Bay in New York/New Jersey Harbor, June 1995
Distribution_Liability:
While every effort has been made to ensure that these data
are accurate and reliable within limits of the state of the
art, NOAA will not assume any liability for damages caused
by any inaccuracies in these data, or failure in their use.
Standard_Order_Process:
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Custom_Order_Process:
For information about obtaining these data, please visit the project home page at <http://www3.csc.noaa.gov/dbapps/irtscapture/BouncePage.asp?Bounce2=ftp://www.csc.noaa.gov/pub/lcr/nyharbor/lbj95ben.zip&product=217>
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20070828
Metadata_Review_Date: 20000522
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Address:
2234 South Hobson Avenue
City: Charleston
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Postal_Code: 29405
Country: USA
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Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 843-740-1224
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: csc@csc.noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Eastern Standard Time
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