AMAPPS Southeast Aerial Cruise Spring 2017

NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)

Dataset credit

NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Laura Dias NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Secondary contact Lance Garrison NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University

Citation

Abstract

As part of the AMAPPS program, the Southeast Fisheries
Science Center conducted aerial surveys of continental
shelf and slope waters (up to the 2,000 m isobath) along
the US east coast from New Jersey to Florida. The survey
was conducted during 2017 between 17 April and 20 May
aboard a NOAA Twin Otter aircraft at an altitude of 600
feet (183 m) and a speed of 110 knots. Survey tracklines
were oriented perpendicular to the shoreline and
latitudinally spaced 20 km apart. “Fine-scale” tracklines
were surveyed closer to the shores of NJ, DE and VA over
renewable energy leasing areas. The survey was designed
for analysis using Distance sampling and a two-team
(independent observer) approach to correct for perception
bias in resulting abundance estimates.

Purpose

The goal of the survey was to conduct line-transect surveys
using the Distance sampling approach to estimate the
abundance and spatial distribution of cetaceans and turtles
in waters over the continental shelf and slope (shoreline
to 2,000 m isobath) of the eastern USA.

Supplemental information

Perpendicular distance to the animal is not publicly
available.
The dataset is accompanied by transect (effort) data
which is provided as a separate file.
Sightings included were detected on-effort by the forward
team only; you may request the full dataset and sightings
including opportunistic ones directly to the provider.
Environmental Attribute Codes
Beaufort Sea state
0 Calm, mirror like seas
1 Waves <1ft, rippled surface
2 Small wavelets (<2 ft), no white caps
3 Large wavelets (<3ft), scattered white caps
4 Swell 3-4 ft, numerous white caps
5 Swell >5 ft, many white caps, some spray
6 Swell >10 ft, white caps everywhere, spray
CloudCover
0 Clear
1 0-25% Cloudy
2 26-50% Cloudy
3 51-75% Cloudy
4 76-100% Cloudy
5 Overcast
Glare (Glare intensity)
0 No Impairment
1 Slight Impairment
2 Moderate Impairment
3 Severe Impairment
Weather
0 Clear
1 Mist
2 Light Rain
3 Heavy Rain
Conditions
0 Poor
1 Fair
2 Moderate
3 Good
4 Excellent
Haze
0 No
1 Yes
Fog
0 No
1 Yes
Sun penetration (Sun pen)
0 Poor
1 Fair
2 Good
3 Excellent
Turbidity
0 Poor
1 Fair
2 Good
3 Excellent

References

Attributes

Overview

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 described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
effortidEffort ID
oid_origOID assigned by provider
typeType (Mammal or Turtle)
comnameSpecies common name
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
individualcountIndividual count
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
perpendiculardistancePerpendicular distance to the animal
eventdateDate and time of the sighting at local time
transectTransect No.
beaufortBeaufort sea state
cloudcoverCloud cover code
glareGlare cover code
weatherWeather code
conditionsOverall conditions code
hazeHaze presence
fogFog presence
sunpenSun penetration code
turbidityTurbidity code
tripidTrip ID
platformvltsAlways A (Airplane)
oneffortFlag (Y/N) to indicate on effort.
observationheightAltitude of aircraft in feet above sea level in feet
platformspeedSpeed of the platform in knots
sighttypeSighting type ("F")
datasetidDataset ID by provider
datasetnameDataset name by provider
eventdatetimezoneThe time zone of the observation event (UTC)
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
OBIS-SEAMAP ID1860
Seabirds0
Marine mammals207
Sea turtles675
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total882
Date, Begin2017-04-17
Date, End2017-05-20
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude29.71 - 40.19
Longitude-81.40 - -71.98
Coord. prec.5 decimal digits
PlatformPlane
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 1861)
Traveled (km)9,663
Effort hours49
Contr. through
Registered2018-06-27
Updated2018-08-08
StatusPublished
Sharing policy CC0 no rights reserved
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