Single-Beam Bathymetry Survey Tracklines Collected in 2011 from the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana (U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity Number 11BIM02)

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Single-Beam Bathymetry Survey Tracklines Collected in 2011 from the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana (U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity Number 11BIM02)
Abstract:
As part of the Barrier Island Evolution Research Project, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted nearshore geophysical surveys off the northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, in June of 2011. The overall objectives of the study are to better understand barrier-island geomorphic evolution, particularly storm-related depositional and erosional processes that shape the islands over annual to interannual timescales (1-5 years). Collection of geophysical data will allow us to identify relationships between the geologic history of the island and its present day morphology and sediment distribution. This mapping effort was the first in a series of three planned surveys in this area. High resolution geophysical data collected in each of three consecutive years along this rapidly changing barrier-island system will provide a unique time-series dataset that will significantly further the analyses and geomorphological interpretations of this and other coastal systems, improving our understanding of coastal response and evolution over short time scales (1-5 years). This report serves as an archive of processed interferometric swath and single-beam bathymetry data that were collected during two cruises (USGS Field Activity Numbers 11BIM01 and 11BIM02) along the northern portion of the Chandeleur Islands, Breton National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana, in June of 2011. Geographic information system data products include a 50 m-cell-size interpolated bathymetry grid surface, trackline maps, and point data files. Additional files include error analysis maps, Field Activity Collection System logs, and formal Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata.
Supplemental_Information:
Trackline files were recorded at the time of the survey using HYPACK version 10 marine surveying, positioning, and navigation software.
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    U.S. Geological Survey, 20131231, Single-Beam Bathymetry Survey Tracklines Collected in 2011 from the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana (U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity Number 11BIM02):.

    Online Links:

    This is part of the following larger work.

    DeWitt, Nancy T., Pfeiffer, William R., Bernier, Julie C., Buster, Noreen A., Miselis, Jennifer L., Flocks, James G., Reynolds, B.J., Wiese, Dana S., and Kelso, Kyle W., 20131231, Coastal Bathymetry Data Collected in 2011 from the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 848, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, Florida.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -88.914514
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -88.760538
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 30.071604
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 29.867633
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Beginning_Date: 02-Jun-2011
    Ending_Date: 16-Jun-2011
    Currentness_Reference:
    ground condition
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • String (158)
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: Universal Transverse Mercator
      Universal_Transverse_Mercator:
      UTM_Zone_Number: 16
      Transverse_Mercator:
      Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.9996
      Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -87.0
      Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.0
      False_Easting: 500000.0
      False_Northing: 0.0
      Planar coordinates are encoded using coordinate pair
      Abscissae (x-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.05
      Ordinates (y-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.05
      Planar coordinates are specified in meters
      The horizontal datum used is D North American 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is GRS 1980.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.0.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222101.
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    11BIM02_SBB_tracklines.shp
    ESRI shapefile containing the survey tracklines for the single-beam bathymetry data collected in June 2011 around the northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana. (Source: USGS)
    FID
    Internal feature number (Source: ESRI) Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated
    Shape
    Feature geometry (Source: ESRI) Coordinates defining the features
    DOY
    Julian Day and year of acquisition (Source: USGS) Julian Day and year of acquisition
    HypackLine
    HYPACK line file name (Source: HYPACK) survey line number
    LENGTH_m
    Length on survey line, in meters (Source: ESRI)
    Range of values
    Minimum:88.223044
    Maximum:11637.478258
    Units:meters
    Resolution:0.01

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • U.S. Geological Survey
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
    U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: Nancy DeWitt
    Geologist
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL
    USA

    (727) 502-8000 (voice)
    ndewitt@usgs.gov

Why was the data set created?

This zip archive contains the survey tracklines in ESRI shapefile format for the single-beam bathymetry data collected in June 2011 around the northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana.

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    Date: 16-Jun-2011 (process 1 of 2)
    The trackline positions were recorded on the R/V TwinVee using HYPACK version 10 marine surveying, positioning, and navigation software. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: Nancy DeWitt
    Geologist
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL
    USA

    (727) 502-8000 (voice)
    ndewitt@usgs.gov
    Date: 01-Dec-2013 (process 2 of 2)
    The tracklines were exported from HYPACK in Keyhole Markup Language (KML) format and imported into ESRI ArcGIS version 10.1. In ESRI ArcGIS, the trackline data were projected from the GPS acquisition datum (World Geodetic System of 1984, WGS84 G1150) to the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83), Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Zone 16 North and saved to ESRI shapefile format. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: Julie Bernier
    Geologist
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL
    USA

    (727) 502-8000 (voice)
    jbernier@usgs.gov
    Data sources produced in this process:
    • 11BIM02_SBB_tracklines.shp
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
    The positional accuracy of the tracklines is determined by the accuracy of the raw position data recorded by the GPS antenna during data collection. The tracklines represent the data coverage extent for the single-beam bathymetry survey. These trackline data have not been independently verified for accuracy.
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
    An Ashtech GPS receiver on the survey boat recorded the 12-channel full-carrier-phase positioning signals (L1/L2) from satellites via a Thales choke-ring antenna. The manufacturer's stated accuracy of the raw kinematic GPS data is 3 to 5 cenitmeters (cm). The raw trackline position data were recorded in HYPACK version 10 marine surveying, positioning, and navigation software.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
    The survey tracklines do not include or represent vertical data.
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    This is a complete survey trackline dataset for the single-beam bathymetry data collected in June 2011 from around the northern Chandeleur Islands.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    This zip archive contains the single-beam bathymetry survey tracklines, recorded at the time of data collection in June 2011. Refer to the online data series linkage for field logs, vessel platform descriptions, and other survey information.

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints:
The U.S. Geological Survey requests that it be referenced as the originator of this dataset in any future products or research derived from these data. These data should not be used for navigational purposes.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: Nancy DeWitt
    Geologist
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL
    USA

    (727) 502-8000 (voice)
    ndewitt@usgs.gov
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set? Downloadable data
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    This DVD publication was prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution imply any such warranty. The U.S. Geological Survey shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and (or) contained herein. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof.
  4. How can I download or order the data?
  5. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?
    This shapefile was created using ESRI ArcGIS version 10.1 and can be opened using ESRI ArcGIS version 10.0 or higher; these data may also be viewed using the free GIS viewer ArcGIS Explorer (http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer).

Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 08-Jun-2016
Metadata author:
U.S. Geological Survey
Attn: Nancy DeWitt
Geologist
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL
USA

(727) 502-8000 (voice)
ndewitt@usgs.gov
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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