Metadata from the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

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There are 4,306 metadata records here.

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.
Subtopics:
Land (17 items)
Oceans (4 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.
Subtopics:
Methods (2330 items)
Product types (1017 items)
Sciences (1811 items)
Time periods (53 items)
Topics (3199 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.
Subtopics:
Administrative areas (617 items)
Hydrographic features (49 items)
Manmade features (225 items)
Physiographic features (73 items)
Regions (14 items)

ISO 19115 Topic Category

General subjects for which geospatial data may be relevant. Few, broad terms.
Subtopics:
Biota (76 items)
Boundaries (40 items)
ClimatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere (112 items)
Elevation (1006 items)
Environment (980 items)
GeoscientificInformation (2691 items)
Health (3 items)
ImageryBaseMapsEarthCover (1228 items)
InlandWaters (297 items)
Location (769 items)
Oceans (3357 items)
PlanningCadastre (1 items)
Society (1 items)
Structure (30 items)
Transportation (21 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.
Subtopics:
Data Content Subjects (1428 items)
Data Content Types (1088 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.
Subtopics:
Biota (4 items)
Coastal change hazards topics (619 items)
Discipline (820 items)
Feature type (1334 items)
Hot topics (430 items)
Research method (1142 items)

Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard

Categories of ecosystems for coastal, estuarine, and marine environments.
Subtopics:
Aquatic Setting (795 items)
Biogeographic Setting (71 items)
Biotic (1 items)
Geoform (1011 items)
Substrate (369 items)
Water Column (257 items)

Scientific authors and editors

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Diagnostic tools

Alphabetical list of metadata records