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Marine Ecosystems Analysis (MESA) Program, New York Bight Surficial Sediment Analyses

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The Marine Ecosystems Analysis (MESA) Program, New York Bight Study was funded by NOAA and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Atlas was a historical compilation of surficial sediment grain size analyses in the NY Bight from 1957-1979. 5,928 cores, grabs, and dredges are included from multiple cruises: (BCTS, BLM01B-BLM08B, FIM01-FIM14, HSV, LEI-A - LEI-M, OCSS, Quart1 - Quart5, RBCI02 - RBCI04, RBCII1 - RBCII4, and RECON). Data are in the historic 073 format. Data include collecting institution, ship, cruise, sample id, latitude/longitude, date of collection, water depth, sampling device, method of analysis, sample weight, sampled interval, raw weight percentages of sediment, within a given phi range. Some samples also have percentages of total gravel, sand, silt, clay, and statistical measurements such as mean, median, skewness, kurtosis, and standard deviation of grain size. These data are part of the larger NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database. In addition to grain size data included in the atlas, this data set also contains related sediment geochemistry in the MESA 001 format, and some originator's grain size data in the MESA 003 format which were returned to the originator for error correction and may not be represented in the 073 format data.
Cite this dataset when used as a source.
Online Access
  • Data files and documentation (download)
    Original data and documentation for the historical compilation of MESA NY Bight grainsize data (MGG03995007) in the fixed-field 073 format, data and documentation for geochemical data in the MESA 001 format, and additional grain size analyses in the MESA 003 format not all of which is included in the atlas.
  • Database extract MGG03995007 (download)
    Download MESA NY BIGHT Atlas grain size data (MGG03995007) in delimited form from the NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database.
Distribution Formats
  • ASCII (Version: UTF-8)
    • File Specification: American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text format.
  • tar.gz (Version: unknown)
    • File Specification: compressed tape archive (tar) file
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Point of Contact Marine Geology Data Manager
Marine Geology Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4603
geology.info@noaa.gov
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Date(s)
  • publication: 1980-02-28
  • revision: 1980-02-28
Edition: First
Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: Not planned - Completed data set, no additions planned.
Supplemental Information:
The atlas is a historic compilation of all grain size data available for the MESA/NY Bight area at the time. NCEI archives a microfiche copy of the atlas, but it is interpretive only and not in the inventory. Cruises in the atlas include BCTS, BLM01B through BLM08B, FIM01 through FIM14, HSV, LEI-A through LEI-M, OCSS, QUART1 through QUART5, RBCI02 through RBCI04, RBCII1 through RBCII4, and RECON; other cruises in the atlas are not defined and additional cruises include MESA geochemistry data not in the atlas. Some cruises are replacements for data previously returned for correction, see lineage/processing notes.
Purpose: environmental research
Use Limitations
  • Please cite the originator of the data set, the date downloaded, and the National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA, as the source of the data.
  • Produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Originator(s)
  • Radosh
    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • John Pearce
    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • Richard Greig, et al.
    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • Carmody, et al.
    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • J. Kraeuter
    Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)
  • Keith Serafy
    Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)
  • David Hartzband
    Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)
  • D.M. Goodrich
    Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS)

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • David Dean
    Rutgers University
  • William Stubblefield
    Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
  • Norman Bailey
    U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher(s)
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time Period: 1957-01-01 to 1979-12-31
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 40.9783
S: 37.0102
E: -70.0216
W: -75.3103
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • Scientific archives
  • Electronic records
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean bottom
  • Geology
  • Submarine geology
  • Marine sediments
  • Marine geology
  • Sea-floor characteristics
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Paleoclimate > Ocean/Lake Records > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Environment Monitoring
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sedimentary Textures
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Composition
Data Center keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Instrument keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > CORING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > DREDGING DEVICES
Place keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > North Atlantic Ocean
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Project keywords
Use Constraints
  • While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, 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.
Access Constraints
  • Access to this dataset is unrestricted.
Fees
  • free online download
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Final resubmission of originator's data as a single historic compilation were received through the former National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) in February of 1980. Data were received on nine track magnetic tape in EBCDIC form as 80 character records blocked to 4000 characters per block. 22,566 records total for 5,961 samples were processed into the NGDC Seafloor Sediment Grain Size Database after extensive revision and the data are still not of high quality. Artifical 073 File IDs were created using the first six digits of the cruise/project to replace null fields. Data included BLM01B through BLM08B formerly on a VIMS submission, and also USGS (Red Bailey) 073 data from MGG06995003. Data contributed by the originator to NOAA's former NODC may be part of a larger compilation archived as oceanographic data. Related grain size data in the MESA 003 format (MGG03995004-5) and geochemical data in the MESA 001 format (MGG03995006) are included in this data set (see lineage description field for complete information).
Processing Environment
Source Datasets
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • various
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments
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Platform
Last Modified: 2015-12-31
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