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Arc/Info Export Files

There are two ARC/INFO export files (.e00) availablefor the San Diego Margin on this CD-ROM;

1. Bathymetry - Depth


2. Backscatter - Digital number (DN) associated with the reflected energyoff the seafloor


Full Resolution TIFF Images

There are three full resolution TIFF images availablefor the San Diego Margin on this CD-ROM.

These files can be added to a GIS system by creatinga world file using the information from the Arc/Info Grid Information below.

Or these files can be directly opened in many imageprocessing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

1. sd_shd.tif.gz: Shaded relief of bathymetry using a multi-directionalhillshading AML **

2. sd_bathy.tif.gz : Bathymetry

3. sd_back.tif.gz: Backscatter

** Multi-directionalhillshading AML created by Florence Wong, U.S. Geological Survey, MenloPark CA.

Formal Metadata

Download Instructions

1. Download compressed ARC/INFO export and TIFFfiles into drive and/or folder.

2. Uncompress files using decompression program.There are different decompressing programs for specific computer platforms.

 - UNIX usually has a version of GZIP alreadyunstalled on the system. If not, there are four of the more common GZIPprograms on this CD-ROM (Alpha Dec, SGI, Sparc-Solaris 2.5 and 2.6). Thesecan be found in the top directory of this CD-ROM in the GZIP folder underUNIX. If you are on a different system go to to findthe GZIP program that will work for you.

- Window users may use Winzip to decompressthese files. There is also a freeware Windows version of GZIP on this CD-ROM.This can be found in the top directory of this CD-ROM in the GZIP folderunder Windows.

-Macintosh users may use MacGZIP. There is a copy on this CD-ROM. Thiscan be found in the top directory of this CD-ROM in the GZIP folder underMac.

3 "Import" the Arc/Info export filesusing the grid option.

Data Collection

The San Diego Margin from Mission Bay to the MexicanBorder was mapped between March 26 and April 4, 1998 using a Kongsberg SimradEM-300 Multibeam System hull mounted to C&C Technologies' RV Ocean Alert.For more information, refer to USGS, Open File Report 98-475.

Processing Steps

1. Bathymetry and backscatter data processed onSilicon Graphic computer using software developed by the Ocean Mapping Group,University of New Brunswick. (see USGS OpenFile Report 98-509, The Bathymetry of Lake Tahoe, California-Nevada)
2. Processed data downloaded to a Sun Sparc Ultra 2, running Solaris 2.5as an ascii file (longitude, latitude, depth, or backscatter DN value)
3. In Arc/Info 7.1.2 a point coverage is created from the ascii file.
4. Point coverge is projected from Geographic Coordinate System to UTM projection.
5. Projected point coverage is gridded using IDW (Inverse Distance Weighted)function.
6a. Grid is exported to Arc/Info export (.e00) file.
6b. Grid is converted to a TIFF image using the "Gridimage" command.
7. Both the export and TIFF files are compressed using UNIX version of GZIP.

Arc/Info Grid Information


 Cell Size = 16.000
 Data Type: Floating Point
 Number of Rows= 2588
 Number of Columns = 1922
 Xmin = 446139.844
 Xmax = 476891.844
 Ymin = 3601439.750
 Ymax = 3642847.750
 Minimum Value = -1225.735
 Maximum Value = -17.874
 Mean = -396.057
 Standard Deviation = 334.083
 Projection UTM
 Zone 11
 Datum WGS84
 Spheroid WGS84


 Cell Size = 16.000
 Data Type: Floating Point
 Number of Rows= 2590
 Number of Columns =1922
 Xmin =446134.906
 Xmax =476886.906
 Ymin = 3601404.750
 Ymax = 3642844.750
 Minimum Value = 99.524
 Maximum Value = 248.447
 Mean = 185.910
 Standard Deviation = 9.738
 Projection UTM
 Zone 11
 Datum WGS84
 Spheroid WGS84

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