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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1357

Sea-Floor Character and Surface Processes in the Vicinity of Quicks Hole, Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts


GIS Data Catalog

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Title Page
Introduction
Setting
Methods
Overview
Interpretation
Discussion
Data Catalog
Acknowledgments
References
List of Figures
Bottom Photographs
Sediment Data
Contacts
Disclaimers

This report contains several data layers (or themes) that can be used to create views of the Quicks Hole area. Geotiffs produced from the NOAA multibeam bathymetric and sidescan sonar surveys are provided in geographic and Universal Transverse Mercator (Zone 19). Grids of the multibeam bathymetric data, which are provided in original and hill-shaded versions, are also provided in geographic and Universal Transverse Mercator. Available vector data consists of polygon data layers that provide the coastline for the Massachusetts GIS project area and interpretive data layers.

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. 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. h11076_utm19_1msss.tif) 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 v8.0. 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.

MULTIBEAM BATHYMETRIC IMAGERY

DATA LAYER NAME AND DESCRIPTION METADATA FILES
h11076_geo_1mmbes - full-color multibeam bathymetric imagery of NOAA survey H11076 (geographic) HTML FAQ text   zip
h11076_utm19_1mmbes - full-color multibeam bathymetric imagery of NOAA survey H11076 (UTM, Zone 19) HTML FAQ text   zip

SIDESCAN SONAR IMAGERY

DATA LAYER NAME AND DESCRIPTION METADATA FILES
h11076_geo_1msss - 100 kHz sidescan sonar imagery of NOAA survey H11076 (geographic) HTML FAQ text   zip
h11076_utm19_1msss - 100 kHz sidescan sonar imagery of NOAA survey H11076 (UTM, Zone 19) HTML FAQ text   zip

MULTIBEAM BATHYMETRIC GRIDS

DATA LAYER NAME AND DESCRIPTION METADATA FILES
h11076_1mutm19_xyz.txt space delimited ASCII text file of the bathymetric grid of NOAA survey H11076 with UTM coordinates and positive depths HTML FAQ text   zip
h11076_geo_b bathymetric grid of NOAA survey H11076 (geographic) HTML FAQ text   zip
h11076_geo_hs hill-shaded bathymetric grid of NOAA survey H11255 (geographic) HTML FAQ text   zip
h11076_utm_b bathymetric grid of NOAA survey H11076 (UTM Zone 19) HTML FAQ text   zip
h11076_utm_hs hill-shaded bathymetric grid of NOAA survey H11076 (UTM Zone 19) HTML FAQ text   zip

INTERPRETIVE DATA LAYERS

DATA LAYER NAME AND DESCRIPTION METADATA FILES
h11076_interp interpretation of the imagery from NOAA survey H11076 (geographic) HTML FAQ text   zip
h11076_seddist distribution of surficial sediment NOAA survey H11076 (geographic)   HTML FAQ text   zip
h11076_sedenv distribution of sedimentary environments from NOAA survey H11076 (geographic)   HTML FAQ text   zip

POINT DATA LAYERS

DATA LAYER NAME AND DESCRIPTION METADATA FILES
raf05007_seddata - locations and sediment grain-size analysis data for samples collected during verification of NOAA survey H11076 (geographic) HTML FAQ text   zip
raf05007_botphotos - locations of bottom photographs collected during verification of NOAA survey H11076 (geographic) HTML FAQ text   zip

BASEMAP DATA

DATA LAYER NAME AND DESCRIPTION METADATA FILES
nos80k - Medium resolution digital vector U.S. shoreline shapefile for the Massachusetts GIS project area HTML FAQ text   zip
outline - Boundary of NOAA survey H11076 (geographic) HTML FAQ text   zip

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