Metadata from the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program

Metadata document scientific data in a consistent structure and format.
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There are 6,640 metadata records here.
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Common geographic areas

Names and identifiers of commonly-known geographic areas including oceans, continents, countries, states and provinces in North America, counties in the United States, USGS map quadrangles, and hydrologic units, nested and cross-referenced by overlap.
Land (195 items)
Oceans (92 items)

USGS Thesaurus

Topics and methods of scientific study carried out by USGS, with product types, scientific disciplines, geologic time, and types of institutional structure and activities. Broad and shallow, used to help people find scientific information.
Institutional structures and activities (4 items)
Methods (4385 items)
Product types (4103 items)
Sciences (4034 items)
Time periods (37 items)
Topics (5170 items)

Alexandria Digital Library Feature Type Thesaurus

Types of named geographic features. Applicable also to many unnamed features but reflects the level of detail traditionally shown on maps, so some feature types specified in scientific studies may not be well represented here. Not highly specific.
Physiographic features (4 items)
Regions (1 items)

ISO 19115 Topic Category

General subjects for which geospatial data may be relevant. Few, broad terms.
Biota (171 items)
Boundaries (58 items)
ClimatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere (287 items)
Economy (2 items)
Elevation (1680 items)
Environment (1748 items)
Farming (2 items)
GeoscientificInformation (4429 items)
Health (10 items)
ImageryBaseMapsEarthCover (1475 items)
InlandWaters (526 items)
Location (1156 items)
Oceans (5268 items)
PlanningCadastre (1 items)
Society (15 items)
Structure (47 items)
Transportation (29 items)
UtilitiesCommunication (1 items)

Data Categories for Marine Planning

Categories spanning the breadth of information types required for ocean planning from a national, multidisciplinary perspective. Includes description, assessment, and prediction regarding governance, resources, uses, and infrastructure.
Data Content Subjects (2395 items)
Data Content Types (1379 items)

Marine Realms Information Bank (MRIB) keywords

Theme keywords from the former Marine Realms Information Bank, focusing on characteristics of coasts and oceans, processes acting on them, and human concerns about them.
Biota (15 items)
Coastal change hazards topics (875 items)
Discipline (1134 items)
Feature type (1172 items)
Hot topics (673 items)
Research method (1921 items)

Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard

Categories of ecosystems for coastal, estuarine, and marine environments.
Aquatic Setting (625 items)
Biogeographic Setting (3 items)
Biotic (1 items)
Geoform (839 items)
Substrate (312 items)
Water Column (2 items)

Scientific authors and editors

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Alphabetical list of metadata records