Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory component locations (ESRI POINT SHAPEFILE, MVCO)

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory component locations (ESRI POINT SHAPEFILE, MVCO)
Abstract:
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has built the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) near South Beach in Edgartown, Massachusetts. The project was initiated by scientists in the Coastal and Ocean Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (COFDL) at WHOI, who will use the observatory to study coastal atmospheric and oceanic processes. Specifically, the observatory is expected to:
* Provide a local climatology for intensive, short duration field campaigns. * Further facilitate regional studies of coastal processes by providing infrastructure that supports easy access to electrical power and data. * Provide a reliable system of rugged sensors that allow opportunistic sampling of extreme events. * Provide continuous long term (25-30 years) observations for climate studies. * Provide a flexible system capable of supporting a wide range of instrumentation and platforms, such as AUV docking stations. * Provide a means for public outreach and educational programs. * Contribute to a larger network of observatories and platforms for real-time observations that can help verify and improve ocean and atmospheric models.
The MVCO includes a small shore lab located between the hangars at Katama Air Park, a 10-m meteorological mast near the South Beach Donnelly House, a subsurface node mounted in 12-m water depth approximately 1.5 km south of Edgartown Great Pond, and an air-sea interaction tower (ASIT) equipped with a top-side node to allow access to air-side or underwater instrumentation at the 15-m isobath. The meteorological and subsea instrumentation are connected directly to the shore lab via a buried electro-optic power cable. The core set of instruments at the meteorological mast measure wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, precipitation, CO2, solar and IR radiation, momentum, heat, and moisture fluxes. The core oceanographic sensors at the 12-m offshore node measure current profiles, waves, temperature, salinity, and near-bottom wave-orbital and low frequency currents.
In addition to the core set of instruments, the offshore nodes and the meteorological mast act as extension cords into the coastal environment, allowing connection of a wide range of instruments for prolonged deployments.
(Reference: http://www.whoi.edu/mvco/description/description2.html)
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2009, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory component locations (ESRI POINT SHAPEFILE, MVCO): Open-File Report 2008-1288, 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.

    Denny, J.F., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S., and Sherwood, C.R., 2009, Geophysical Data Collected off the South Shore of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: Open-File Report 2008-1288, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -70.566700
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -70.522500
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.362000
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.325000
  3. What does it look like?
    https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1288/GIS_catalog/Basemaps/mvco_sm.jpg (JPEG)
    Thumbnail image of the MVCO component locations
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Calendar_Date: 2009
    Currentness_Reference:
    publication date
  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):
      • Entity point (4)
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees. 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.
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    mvco
    ESRI point shapefile (Source: ESRI)
    FID
    Internal feature number. (Source: ESRI) Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
    Shape
    Feature geometry. (Source: ESRI) Coordinates defining the features.
    Lat
    Latitude of MVCO component (Source: WHOI)
    Range of values
    Minimum:-70.5667
    Maximum:-70.5225
    Units:decimal degrees, WGS84
    Lon
    Longitude of MVCO component (Source: WHOI)
    Range of values
    Minimum:41.325
    Maximum:41.362
    Units:decimal degrees, WGS84
    Location
    Name of the MVCO Component (Source: WHOI) Name of the MVCO component

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
    This shapefile was generated by the U.S. Geological Survey, however the source data and associated information are supplied by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) (http://www.whoi.edu).
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
    266 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA
    USA

    508-289-2252 (voice)
    information@whoi.edu

Why was the data set created?

This dataset provides the location of the components to the MVCO and is used for reference purposes.

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: 2009 (process 1 of 5)
    The latitude and longitude positions listed on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) webpage (http://mvcodata.whoi.edu/cgi-bin/mvco/mvco.cgi) were copied to a comma delimited text file. This file was imported into ArcGIS 9.2 using Tools, Add XY Data. An event theme was generated referenced to Geographic Coordinate System, WGS84. The event theme was then exported as a point shapefile. One field was added to the point shapefile; Location, listing the name of the MVCO component.
    Software: ArcGIS 9.2 Person who carried out this activity:
    Jane F. Denny
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA
    USA

    508-548-8700 x 2311 (voice)
    508-457-2311 (FAX)
    jdenny@usgs.gov
    Date: 19-Oct-2017 (process 2 of 5)
    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.). Reordered the links in the identification section so a landing page link is first. Attempted to modify http to https where appropriate. The distribution format name was modified in an attempt to be more consistent with other metadata files of the same data format. 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 3 of 5)
    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 4 of 5)
    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: 24-Sep-2021 (process 5 of 5)
    Added keywords section with USGS persistent identifier as theme keyword, 20200908. Modified an originator name, 20210924. 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?
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 2009, Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO): Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA.

    Online Links:


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?
    The MVCO components are positioned at fixed locations provided on the MVCO website: http://mvcodata.whoi.edu/cgi-bin/mvco/mvco.cgi.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    All MVCO components listed on the WHOI MVCO webpage are incorporated in this shapefile.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    The locations for the MVCO components were acquired from the WHOI MVCO web page at: http://mvcodata.whoi.edu/cgi-bin/mvco/mvco.cgi

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: none
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    Jane F. Denny
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA
    USA

    508-548-8700 x 2311 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
    jdenny@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?
    Neither the U.S. Government, the Department of the Interior, nor the USGS, nor any of their employees, contractors, or subcontractors, make any warranty, express or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, nor represent that its use would not infringe on privately owned rights. 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: This WinZip (version 9.0) file contains the ESRI point shapefile and associated metadata of the location of the MVCO in format Shapefile (version ArcGIS 9.2) Size: 1
      Network links: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1288/GIS_catalog/Basemaps/mvco.zip
    • Cost to order the data: none

  5. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?
    This zip file contains data available in Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) point shapefile format. The user must have ArcGIS or ArcView 3.0 or greater software to read and process the data file. In lieu of ArcView or ArcGIS, the user may utilize another GIS application package capable of importing the data. A free data viewer, ArcExplorer, capable of displaying the data is available from ESRI at www.esri.com.

Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 24-Sep-2021
Metadata author:
Jane F. Denny
U.S. Geological Survey
Geologist
384 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA
USA

508-548-8700 x 2311 (voice)
508-457-2310 (FAX)
jdenny@usgs.gov
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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