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Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries SED Dataset 2_17_11

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This GIS data layer represents point coverage of seafloor sediment size and composition in Massachusetts territorial waters. The data were created by aggregating available sediment point data collected from the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) usSEABED, version 1.0, U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 118 (Reid 2005), the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Sediment data were collected between 1884 to 2008 from a variety of published and unpublished sediment texture and other geologic data. As such, the data has a variety of different horizontal accuracies and sampling and analysis methodologies. The dataset includes relative data quality for each point. More information regarding the compiled data sources and data quality assessment is available in Ford, K.H. and S.E. Voss. 2010. Seafloor sediment composition in Massachusetts determined using point data. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Technical Report, TR-45. 21pp. http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/publications/tr_45.pdf

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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact Kathryn Ford & Steven Voss
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
508-990-2860
steven.voss@state.ma.us
Point of Contact DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6339
geology.info@noaa.gov
General Documentation
Originator
  • Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Publisher
  • National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA
Date(s)
  • publication: 2011-02-17
  • revision: 2011-02-17
Data Presentation Form: mapDigital
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: As needed  -  New versions may be archived in the future.
Supplemental Information: These data were compiled in part to support the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, December 2009.
Purpose: These data were compiled for the creation of surficial sediment maps.
Use Limitations
  • Please cite the originator of the data set, the date downloaded, and the National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, as the source of the data.
Time Period: 1884-01-01  to  2008-12-31
Spatial Reference System: urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 42.965
S: 41.1069
E: -69.7492
W: -71.2353
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • 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 > Solid Earth > Sediments
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Composition
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sedimentary Textures
Data Centers
  • WDC/GEOPHYSICS, BOULDER > World Data Center for Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platforms
  • In Situ Ocean-based Platforms > SHIPS
Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Photon/Optical Detectors > Cameras
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > CORING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > DREDGING DEVICES
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Grabbers/Traps/Collectors > GRAB SAMPLERS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Corers > SEDIMENT CORERS
Places
  • Massachusetts
  • Gulf of Maine
  • Massachusetts Bay
  • Cape Cod Bay
  • Nantucket Sound
  • Vineyard Sound
  • Buzzards Bay
Projects
  • Unknown
Use Constraints
  • Use Constraints: Public domain data from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize DMF as the source of these data. You are not permitted to use DMF's name or to suggest that DMF endorses your project or product, without its express written consent. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, DMF cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentation caused by any inaccuracies in the data or as a result of changes to the data caused by system transfers. The user must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of these data with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to these data. Distribution Liability: Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these data, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop these data may be reflected in the data supplied. The client must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to certain data. In no event shall MADMF be liable for any damages, whether general, special, incidental or consequential damages, arising out of your use of these data. Your sole remedy for damages is to stop using the data. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless MADMF and its employees against any claim, loss, liability or expense, including attorneys' fees, resulting from loss of or damage to property or the injury to or death of any person arising out of the use of the data.
Access Constraints
  • Access Constraints: None. These data are in the public domain. GIS files are freely available for download.
Fees
  • GIS and coordinate files may be downloaded at no charge.
Source Datasets
  • usSEABED: Atlantic Coast Offshore Surficial Sediment Data Release
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: usSEABED: Atlantic Coast Offshore Surficial Sediment Data ReleaseCD-ROM and online
    • Temporal extent used:  1884  to  2003
  • MWRA: 2007 Boston Harbor Benthic Monitoring: GRN_SZ Data
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Maciolek, NJ, RJ Diaz, DT Dahlen, and SA Doner. 2008. 2007 Boston Harbor Benthic Monitoring Report. Boston: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Report 2008-22. 54 pages plus appendices. online
    • Temporal extent used:  1993  to  2007
  • EPA: National Coastal Assessment-Northeast/Massachusetts
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: http://www.epa.gov/emap/nca/html/data/index.htmlonline
    • Temporal extent used:  2000  to  2001
  • EPA: Environmental Monitoring & Assessment Program, Virginian Province
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: http://www.epa.gov/emap/nca/html/data/index.htmlonline
    • Temporal extent used:  unknown  to 
  • MADMF Resource Assessment Project: Trawl Survey Hang Data
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: MADMF Resource Assessment Project: Trawl Survey Hang DataCD-ROM
    • Temporal extent used:  1978  to  2007
  • MADMF Coastal Lobster Project: Sediment Verification of Ventless Trap Survey Sites
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: MADMF Coastal Lobster Project: Sediment Verification of Ventless Trap Survey SitesCD-ROM
    • Temporal extent used:  2006  to  2007
  • Grain size laboratory samples, 2004-2008
    • Description of Source: Source Contribution: Matt Arsenault, USGS Woods Hole Field Station, Marine Aggregate Resources and Processes, 2008.online
    • Temporal extent used:  2004  to  2008
Lineage Statement Lineage prior to transfer to NGDC is given below
Processing Environment Native Dataset Environment: Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.0.1770 Shapefile

Metadata Last Modified: 2014-05-05

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