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 5,979 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 (96 items)
Oceans (36 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 (3875 items)
Product types (3619 items)
Sciences (3620 items)
Time periods (28 items)
Topics (4583 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 (152 items)
Boundaries (58 items)
ClimatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere (264 items)
Economy (2 items)
Elevation (1482 items)
Environment (1534 items)
Farming (1 items)
GeoscientificInformation (3904 items)
Health (8 items)
ImageryBaseMapsEarthCover (1403 items)
InlandWaters (458 items)
Location (1053 items)
Oceans (4763 items)
PlanningCadastre (1 items)
Society (3 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 (2061 items)
Data Content Types (1260 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 (824 items)
Discipline (1092 items)
Feature type (953 items)
Hot topics (570 items)
Research method (1624 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