Open-File Report 2014–1012
Geographic Information System
This report contains GIS data in vector and raster format. The vector data are provided in shapefile format compatible with Esri ArcGIS software. These data are in the World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS 84) geographic coordinate system. The raster data are provided in GeoTIFF format and Esri binary grid format. These raster data are provided in the WGS 84 geographic coordinate system and a Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Zone 19 projection on North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83). The WGS 84 and NAD 83 datums were used for consistency with earlier reports. Data layers provided as supplement to this report should not require additional processing to be used in Esri software.
For users who do not have the Esri software or a compatible GIS data browser available on their computer, a free viewer, ArcGIS Explorer, is available from Esri. The key functionality of ArcGIS Explorer is to display spatial data. The user will need to add the selected data layers by using the add data function of ArcGIS Explorer.
This report includes links to several data layers (or themes) that can be used to create views of the study area in Block Island and Rhode Island Sounds. GeoTIFFs of the bathymetry are provided as color hill-shaded relief images. ArcRaster binary grids of the multibeam bathymetric data are included at a 4-m resolution.
Ancillary vector data consist of polygon data layers that provide base maps of the coastline for the Rhode Island GIS project area and an outline of the study area. Each GIS data layer from this publication is cataloged below for easy access. The individual data layers are described below and include the GeoTIFF, grid, or shapefile name (e.g., ricomb_4mmb_utm19.tif), which is linked to a browse graphic showing the data-layer extent and coverage. Selecting the data-layer name will result in the browse graphic being displayed in a separate browser window.
Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata for the individual data layers are provided in Hyperlink Text Markup Language (HTML), a frequently asked questions (FAQ) HTML, and text versions. Selecting associated metadata files from links in the catalog below will open the information in a new browser window.
A compressed (.zip), downloadable archive file containing the components of the shapefile, grid, or image for each data layer is also provided. Compressed, downloadable files were created by using WinZip 8.0 for Microsoft Windows.
Also included in the data catalog of this report are the NOAA Descriptive Reports and the Data Acquisition and Processing Reports which contain detailed descriptions of the data-acquisition and data-processing methods used to generate the data for this report. They can be accessed at:
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