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Surficial Geology in Central Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island: Interpretations of Sidescan Sonar and Multibeam Bathymetry


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GIS Data Catalog

This report contains several data layers (or themes) that can be used to create views of the Narragansett Bay region. Geotiffs produced from grids of the NOAA sidescan sonar and multibeam bathymetric surveys are provided in geographic and universal transverse mercator, along with the original data. Available vector data consist of polygon data layers, nos80k_84 that provides the coastline for the Narragansett Bay GIS project area, and Mcmaster60_project that provides the sediment data for Narragansett Bay.

Data layers are provided with geographic coordinates to allow the data to be integrated into a Geographic Information System (GIS). A GIS is defined as a system of hardware and software to support the display, manipulation, and analysis of spatial data for mapping and complex data solving. This integrated package provides researchers the ability to integrate, analyze and map the various datasets to help with economic and social policy-making decisions regarding the environment.

Data layers archived here should not require additional processing to be utilized within the Environmental Systems Research Institute's (ESRI) ArcView and ArcGIS software. This does not mean that a user will not wish to do additional processing, especially if utilizing a different GIS software package or spheroid, but that it is not necessary to do additional processing simply to utilize the data in its minimum archive format.

For those who don't have the ESRI software or a compatible GIS data browser available on their computer, a free viewer, ArcExplorer, is available from ESRI here. Please note that the ArcExplorer software is limited to the Microsoft Windows operating systems. The key functionality of ArcExplorer is the viewing of spatial data. The user will need to add the selected data layers by using ArcExplorer's add data button.

Each GIS data layer from this publication is cataloged below for easy access. The individual data layers are described below and include the geotiff, grid, or shapefile name (e.g. h11310ss_geo1m_inv) which is linked to a browse graphic showing the data layer extent and coverage. Selecting the data layer name will result in the browse graphic being displayed in a separate browser window.

Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata for the individual data layers is provided in a text version. Selecting associated metadata files from the table below will open the information in a new browser window.

A 'zip' compressed, downloadable archive file containing the components of the ArcView shapefile for each data layer is also provided. Compressed downloadable files were created using the Windows program WINZIP v9.0. For those users who do not have software capable of uncompressing the archived zip files, they may obtain a free version of the software from Winzip Computing, Inc. or Pkware, Inc.

Sidescan Sonar Mosaics

Data Layer Name and Description Metadata Files
h11310ss_geo1m_inv - inverted and enhanced sidescan sonar mosaic of NOAA survey H11310 (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip
h11310ss_geo1m - composite sidescan sonar mosaic of NOAA survey H11310 (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip
h11310_1m_sss_utm19 composite sidescan sonar mosaic of NOAA survey H11310 (UTM zone 19, NAD83 spheroid) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip


Multibeam Bathymetric Imagery

Data Layer Name and Description Metadata Files
h11310bt_1m_geo_calc - multibeam bathymetric imagery of NOAA survey H11310 (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip
h11310bt_1m_utm19 - multibeam bathymetric imagery of NOAA survey H11255 (UTM zone 19, NAD83 spheroid) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip


Multibeam Bathymetric Grids

Data Layer Name and Description Metadata Files
h11310_wgs84 - bathymetric grid of NOAA survey H11310 (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip
h11310_utm19 - bathymetric grid of NOAA survey H11310 (UTM zone 19, NAD83 spheroid) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip
H11310_1m_UTM19NAD83.txt - space delimited ASCII text file of the bathymetric grid of NOAA survey H11310 (UTM zone 19, NAD83 spheroid) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip


Interpretive Data

Data Layer Name and Description Metadata Files
h11310int - interpretation of the sidescan sonar mosaic and bathymetric imagery from NOAA survey H11310 (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip
h11310seds - interpretation of the surficial sediment distribution in NOAA survey H11310 (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip
h11310sedenvirons - interpretation of the sedimentary environments in NOAA survey H11310 (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip


Sediment Data

Data Layer Name and Description Metadata Files
Mcmaster60_project - sediment data from McMaster (1960) in Narragansett Bay (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip



Basemap Data

Data Layer Name and Description Metadata Files
nos80k_84 - Medium resolution digital vector U.S. shoreline shapefile for the Narragansett Bay GIS project area (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip
h11310outline - Outline of sidescan sonar mosaic from NOAA Survey H11310 (geographic) HTML
FAQ
txt
zip

Links

ESRI: http://www.esri.com
Winzip Computing, Inc.: http://www.winzip.com
Pkware, Inc.: http://www.pkware.com
FGDC: http://www.fgdc.gov

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