Jervis, L. and D. Phillips. 2021. Empire Wind Digital Aerial Wildlife Surveys for BOEM Lease Area OCS-A 0520, Equinor Wind US LLC, February - December 2019. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (https://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/2159) on yyyy-mm-dd.
Equinor Wind US, LLC were committed to undertaking a Construction and Operation Plan (COP) of their lease area located in the New York Bight (OCS-A 0520). To facilitate this, 12 surveys were undertaken between February 2019 and December 2019 by APEM Inc. and Normandeau Associates, Inc. (Normandeau-APEM Team) to provide baseline information for consideration in the assessment of potential impacts.
Equinor initiated monthly offshore high resolution aerial surveys of marine mega-fauna in the New York Bight offshore wind lease area plus a 4 km (2.5 mile) buffer. The surveys used APEM Inc.'s ultra-high resolution aerial digital still imagery to characterize birds present in the lease area and gather additional information on other marine fauna. These surveys provided the baseline information on the abundance and distribution of birds and other marine fauna over the course of a year, as required for conducting impact assessments. The dataset is comprised of observations and survey track line information collected from February 2019 to December 2019 inclusive (12 surveys in total).
Each record represents 1 individual (except for Fish Shoals which is one entry per 1 shoal encompassing uncounted number of fish).
Locations of digital snapshots are available as a static point layer.
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)
Unique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
Unique ID for target
Survey identifier in format Equinor_YYYY MMM
Date image taken, in local time (EST) (displayed as dd/mm/yyyy)
Time image taken, in local time (EST) (hh:mm:ss)
1st level of identification
2nd level of identification Target group type if identified Unid. Type = Target has been reviewed and cannot be identified to a subtype
3rd level of identification Common Name if identified species unknown = Target has been reviewed and cannot be identified to species
Taxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Number of animals (always 1) added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Confidence level of ID: Definite Probable Possible blank = not rated
Generally, head-to-tail length in cm. This is NOT turtle carapace. Ignored for non-animal & fish shoal. NULL = not determined
Wing span tip to tip in cm. 0 = wings are folded up/bird is sitting on surface. Applies to avian only
Depth rating. blank = not rated
Direction of target (degrees)
Yes = Species/Species Group status is listed
Image name where target is located
Latitude in decimal degrees
Longitude in decimal degrees
Sargassum is present in image with target. 1 = present; 0 = not present; blank = not evaluated