Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts Maximum Likelihood Bottom Classification (mlclass5)

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts Maximum Likelihood Bottom Classification (mlclass5)
Abstract:
These data are high-resolution maximum likelihood classification of the seafloor offshore of Massachusetts, from Nahant to Gloucester. Approximately 127 km² of the inner shelf were mapped in the nearshore region between the 10m and 40-m isobath.
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Andrews, Brian D., 2005, Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts Maximum Likelihood Bottom Classification (mlclass5): Open-File Report 2005-1293, U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Woods Hole, MA.

    Online Links:

    This is part of the following larger work.

    Barnhardt, Walter A., Andrews, Brian D., and Butman, Brad, 2005, High Resolution Geologic Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts: Open-File Report 2005-1293, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -70.937266
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -70.664555
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.575257
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.391023
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Beginning_Date: 22-Sep-2003
    Ending_Date: 07-May-2004
    Currentness_Reference:
    ground condition of 2 separate cruises: 2003092 to 20031015 and 20040412 to 20040507
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      This is a Raster data set. It contains the following raster data types:
      • Dimensions 4000 x 4400 x 1, type Grid Cell
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: Universal Transverse Mercator
      Universal_Transverse_Mercator:
      UTM_Zone_Number: 19
      Transverse_Mercator:
      Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.999600
      Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -69.000000
      Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.000000
      False_Easting: 500000.000000
      False_Northing: 0.000000
      Planar coordinates are encoded using row and column
      Abscissae (x-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 5.000000
      Ordinates (y-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 5.000000
      Planar coordinates are specified in meters
      The horizontal datum used is D_WGS_1984.
      The ellipsoid used is WGS_1984.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257224.
      Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
      Depth_System_Definition:
      Depth_Datum_Name: Mean lower low water
      Depth_Resolution: 9999
      Depth_Distance_Units: Information unavailable from original metadata.
      Depth_Encoding_Method: Implicit coordinate
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    MLClass5
    Maximum Likelihood Classification (5 classes) (Source: USGS)
    ObjectID
    Internal feature number. (Source: ESRI) Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
    Value
    Bottom Type (Source: USGS)
    ValueDefinition
    1Sand/Silt
    2Cobble/Boulders
    3Ledge
    4No Data
    Count
    Information unavailable from original metadata. (Source: Information unavailable from original metadata.) Information unavailable from original metadata.

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Brian D. Andrews
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    Brian Andrews
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Marine Geographer
    384 Woods Hole Rd.
    Woods Hole, MA
    USA

    508-548-8700 x2348 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    bandrews@usgs.gov

Why was the data set created?

The purpose of this data set is to calculate a generalized sea floor bottom type using multivariate statistics, and high resolution depth (bathymetry) and acoustic backscatter (sidescan sonar) data.
These data were collected under a cooperative agreement with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and the U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Woods Hole Science Center. High resolution bathymetry, backscatter intensity, and seismic profile data were collected over 127 km² area covering a portion of the South Essex Ocean Sanctuary to characterize the surface and subsurface of the seafloor for regional geologic framework investigations.
geophysical data were collected during two different surveys. Survey RAFA03007 began Monday, 22 Sep 2003 (JD267) and ended on Tuesday, 14 Oct 2003 (JD287). RAFA04002 began 17 Apr 2004 (JD 108) and ended on 2 May 2004 (JD123).

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: unknown (process 1 of 6)
    Iso Cluster model Number of Classes=5, Max_Iterations=20, min_class_size=20 sampling interval=10 Number of Selected Grids = 3
    input grids 1) se_5mbath 2) slope_fm3 3) ss_mos_5m.tif
    output signature file = isoclus5.gsg
    Date: unknown (process 2 of 6)
    Maximum Likelihood classification model
    Geoprocessing History:
    Process: *Process name: MLClassify_2 *Date: 20050202 *Time: 221410 *Tool location: C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\ArcToolbox\Toolboxes\Spatial Analyst Tools.tbx\MLClassify *Command issued: MLClassify agg_5mb.tif;slopedeg_fm3;sebath_fm3 C:\MCZM\data\bath\grids\5m_bsssl.gsg C:\MCZM\data\bath\grids\mlclass_5all 0.0 EQUAL # #
    Date: 22-Dec-2017 (process 3 of 6)
    Edits to the metadata were made to fix any errors that MP v 2.9.36 flagged. This is necessary to enable the metadata to be successfully harvested for various data catalogs. In some cases, this meant adding text "Information unavailable" or "Information unavailable from original metadata" for those required fields that were left blank. Other minor edits were probably performed (title, publisher, publication place, etc.). Added the link to the data catalog page in the Identification section. Attempted to modify http to https where appropriate. Added the online link to the data in the distribution section. The distribution format name was modified in an attempt to be more consistent with other metadata files of the same data format. The depth system definition was incomplete. Generic values (such as 9999) were used to meet the standard. Minor fixes to the attribute format for some attributes were needed. The metadata date (but not the metadata creator) was edited to reflect the date of these changes. The metadata available from a harvester may supersede metadata bundled within a download file. Compare the metadata dates to determine which metadata file is most recent. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: VeeAnn A. Cross
    Marine Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2251 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    vatnipp@usgs.gov
    Date: 20-Jul-2018 (process 4 of 6)
    USGS Thesaurus keywords added to the keyword section. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: VeeAnn A. Cross
    Marine Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2251 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    vatnipp@usgs.gov
    Date: 18-Nov-2019 (process 5 of 6)
    Crossref DOI link was added as the first link in the metadata. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: VeeAnn A. Cross
    Marine Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2251 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    vatnipp@usgs.gov
    Date: 08-Sep-2020 (process 6 of 6)
    Added keywords section with USGS persistent identifier as theme keyword. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: VeeAnn A. Cross
    Marine Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2251 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    vatnipp@usgs.gov
  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?
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    Information unavailable from original metadata.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    Bottom classification was calculated using the ISOCluster and Maximum likelihood tools combined in a custom modelbuilder model. Rigorous error analysis of the ISOCluster function has not been conducted. These data are intended for regional geologic framework investigations and should not be used for applications at fine scales without additional ground validation

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:
Data are not intended for navigational use.
These data should not be used at resolutions for which they are not intended. Additional ground validation should be conducted to use these data for applications other than regional geologic framework studies at spatial scales finer that 1:60,000.
Public domain data from the U.S. Government are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as the source of this information.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    Brian Andrews
    U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Science Center
    Marine Geographer
    384 Woods Hole Rd.
    Woods Hole, MA
    USA

    508-548-8700 x2348 (voice)
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set? Downloadable Data
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    Although this data set has been used by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the USGS as to the accuracy of the data and/or related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the USGS in the use of these data or related materials.
    Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
  4. How can I download or order the data?
    • Availability in digital form:
      Data format: AIG (version ArcGIS 9.0) ESRI Raster GRID format Size: 2.417
      Network links: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1293/zip/mlclass5.zip
      Media you can order: DVD-ROM (format UDF)
      Note: None
    • Cost to order the data: None

  5. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?
    These data are available in Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) GRID format. The user must have software capable of importing and processing the data file.

Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 08-Sep-2020
Metadata author:
Brian Andrews
U.S. Geological Survey
Marine Geographer
384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA
USA

508-548-8700 x2348 (voice)
508-457-2310 (FAX)
bandrews@usgs.gov
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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