Metadata from the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

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There are 4,919 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.
Land (35 items)
Oceans (15 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 (7 items)
Methods (3397 items)
Product types (2885 items)
Sciences (2981 items)
Time periods (55 items)
Topics (4122 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.
Administrative areas (617 items)
Hydrographic features (83 items)
Manmade features (242 items)
Physiographic features (87 items)
Regions (20 items)

ISO 19115 Topic Category

General subjects for which geospatial data may be relevant. Few, broad terms.
Biota (106 items)
Boundaries (46 items)
ClimatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere (275 items)
Elevation (1190 items)
Environment (1203 items)
GeoscientificInformation (3133 items)
Health (5 items)
ImageryBaseMapsEarthCover (1313 items)
InlandWaters (349 items)
Location (875 items)
Oceans (4010 items)
PlanningCadastre (1 items)
Society (1 items)
Structure (40 items)
Transportation (31 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 (1736 items)
Data Content Types (1156 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 (14 items)
Coastal change hazards topics (753 items)
Discipline (871 items)
Feature type (1628 items)
Hot topics (554 items)
Research method (1303 items)

Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard

Categories of ecosystems for coastal, estuarine, and marine environments.
Aquatic Setting (704 items)
Biogeographic Setting (73 items)
Biotic (2 items)
Geoform (922 items)
Substrate (377 items)
Water Column (165 items)

Scientific authors and editors

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