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 6,081 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 (108 items)
Oceans (40 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 (2 items)
Methods (3952 items)
Product types (3692 items)
Sciences (3670 items)
Time periods (28 items)
Topics (4671 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 (156 items)
Boundaries (58 items)
ClimatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere (270 items)
Economy (2 items)
Elevation (1502 items)
Environment (1544 items)
Farming (1 items)
GeoscientificInformation (3978 items)
Health (8 items)
ImageryBaseMapsEarthCover (1424 items)
InlandWaters (463 items)
Location (1069 items)
Oceans (4838 items)
PlanningCadastre (1 items)
Society (9 items)
Structure (40 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 (2122 items)
Data Content Types (1277 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 (829 items)
Discipline (1110 items)
Feature type (991 items)
Hot topics (593 items)
Research method (1671 items)

Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard

Categories of ecosystems for coastal, estuarine, and marine environments.
Aquatic Setting (612 items)
Biogeographic Setting (2 items)
Biotic (1 items)
Geoform (827 items)
Substrate (300 items)

Scientific authors and editors

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Alphabetical list of metadata records