VACAPES NFC Aerial Surveys 2018-2019
HDR Environmental, Operations and Construction, Inc.

Dataset credit

The U.S. Navy Marine Species Monitoring Program

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Mark Cotter HDR Environmental, Operations and Construction, Inc.
Primary contact Kristen Ampela HDR Environmental, Operations and Construction, Inc.
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University

Citation

Abstract

Data in this dataset represent animal sightings that occurred during aerial marine species monitoring surveys beginning in April 2018 through August 2019 conducted in the NFC (Norfolk Canyon) study area off the coast of Virginia Beach, VA. Twenty-three days of aerial surveys were completed between 4/09/2018 – 08/12/2019. Work was performed under HDR task order 18F4019 (IDIQ contract award N62470-15-D-8006, NAVFAC LANT).

Purpose

N/A

Supplemental information

Survey tracklines are available as a static layer.

References

Attributes

Overview

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
Only minimum required attributes are visible and downlodable online. Other attributes may be obtained upon provider's permission unless otherwise noted below.

This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
objectidObject ID in the original feature class
aspectslopeAspect slope (blank)
bearingabsAbsolute bearing (blank)
behaviorBehavior
behaviorevent(blank)
birdsFlag whether birds were observed
calvespresentFlag whether calves were present
countcalvesNumber of calves
countfemalesNumber of females
countjuvenilesNumber of juvelines
countmalesNumber of males
countnewbornsNumber of new borns
counttotbestBest estimate of number of animals
counttotmaxMaximum estimate of number of animals
counttotminMinimum estimate of number of animals
countvescargoNumber of cargo vessels
countvesferriesNumber of ferries
countvesfishingNumber of fishing vessels
countvesmilitaryNumber of military vessels
countvesmotoryachtsNumber of yachts
countvessailingNumber of sailing vessels
countvesotherNumber of other vessels
cueSighingt cue
depthDepth (blank)
depthsoundingdefinition not provided
dispmaxdefinition not provided
dispmindefinition not provided
distsightDistance to sighting
distsightperpPerpendicular distance to sighting (blank)
groupidGroup ID (blank)
headinganimalHeading of animals
headingplatmagneticdefinition not provided
headingplattruedefinition not provided
latanimalLatitude of animals in decimal degrees
latplatformLatitude of the platform in decimal degrees
longanimalLongitude of animals in decimal degrees
longplatformLongitude of the platform in decimal degrees
mitigationMitigation (blank)
mitigationtypeMitigation type (blank)
ordnancedefinition not provided
platformspeedPlatform speed (blank)
reactioninitInitial reaction
reactionlaterReaction later
resolutiondefinition not provided
shoredistDistance to shore (blank)
sightingdetectionsensordefinition not provided
sightingendloedefinition not provided
sightingmultiFlag to indicate multiple species observed
sightingnotesSighting notes
sightingrelmovement(blank)
sightingtimeend(blank)
sightingtrialloe(blank)
slope(blank)
sonar(blank)
spcsconfidencedefinition not provided
spcshauledout(blank)
theoconvhorz(blank)
theoconvvert(blank)
theorawhorz(blank)
theorawvert(blank)
vertangleorreticleVertical angle or reticle
vertsun(blank)
vesselsize(blank)
vesseltype(blank)
tagging(blank)
opticstypedefinition not provided
datetimeDate and time of the sighting at local time zone
surveyidSurvey ID
spcsnmsciScientific name
spcsnmcomCommon name
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
distsighttypedefinition not provided
channelin500definition not provided
shipin500cargodefinition not provided
shipin500fishrecdefinition not provided
shipin500navydefinition not provided
sightingnumberSighting Number
bearingBearing
reactioninitcountdefinition not provided
reactionlatercountdefinition not provided
photosFlag whether photos were taken (Y or N)
biopsyFlag whether biopsy was sampled (blank)
effortstatusEffort status (ON/OFF)
flightofdayFlight days
legidLeg ID
legnotesLeg notes
legnumberLeg number
navydirectedlegdefinition not provided
effortsystematicdefinition not provided
observerThe observer who first sighted the animal
observeraftThe observer aft (blank)
observercenterThe observer center (blank)
observerforwardThe observer forward (blank)
observerleftThe observer left
observerrightThe observer right
observerrearleftThe observer rear left (blank)
observerrearrightThe observer rear right (blank)
photographerPhotographer
picdefinition not provided
recorderRecorder
recorderfocaldefinition not provided
sicdefinition not provided
beaufortscaleleftBeaufort sea scale at left side
beaufortscalerightBeaufort sea scale at right side
glareleftGlare at left side
glarerightGlare at right side
horizsundefinition not provided
percentcloudcoverCloud cover in percent
percentcloudcoverleftCloud cover at left side in percent
percentcloudcoverrightCloud cover at right side in percent
swellSwell
swelldirectionSwell direction
visibilityVisibility code
visibilityleftVisibility code left
visibilityrightVisibility code right
waveheightWave height
winddirectionWave direction
windspeedWind speed
beaufortscaleBeaufort sea scale
sstSea surface temperature
areakm2(blank)
oceanOcean (always Atlantic)
platformded(blank)
platformmodelPlatform model
platformtypePlatform type (always Aerial)
rangecomplexRange complex (always VACAPES)
surveymodeSurvey mode (blank)
surveyobjectiveSurvey objective (blank)
surveypointSurvey point (blank)
surveytypeSurvey type (blank)
datetimeutcDate and time of the sighting at UTC
altitudemAltitude in meters
observationtypedefinition not provided
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
OBIS-SEAMAP ID2059
Seabirds0
Marine mammals582
Sea turtles448
Rays and sharks84
Other species326
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total1,440
Date, Begin2018-04-09
Date, End2019-08-12
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude36.18 - 37.34
Longitude-76.08 - -74.29
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
PlatformPlane
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortN/A
Registered2020-04-03
Updated2020-04-09
StatusPublished
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
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