Originator: Susan Cochran
Title: Benthic habitat map of Faga'alu Bay, Tutuila, American Samoa
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Vector Digital Data Set (Polygon)
Originator: Susan Cochran
Originator: Ann Gibbs
Originator: Nicole D'Antonio
Originator: Curt Storlazzi
Benthic habitat map of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Faga'alu Bay Priority Study Area, Tutuila, American Samoa
Series_Name: Open-File Report
Publication_Place: Reston, VA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
A benthic habitat polygon coverage has been created of the coral reef ecosystem within the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Watershed Partnership Initiative Faga'alu Bay priority study area, Tutuila, American Samoa. Polygons were hand-digitized from visual interpretation of WorldView-2 satellite imagery and satellite-derived pseudobathymetry. We also utilized in situ knowledge from underwater photography and videography.
This mapping effort was carried out as a part of a USGS effort to understand the geologic and oceanographic processes of coral reef systems in the United States and its Pacific Island Trust Territories. It is intended to provide a baseline inventory of benthic habitat resources of the coral reef system within the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Watershed Partnership Initiative Faga'alu Bay priority study area, Tutuila, American Samoa, for use by scientists, managers, and the general public. The data can be used with geographic information systems (GIS) software for research purposes.
Additional information about the field activities from which these data were derived are available online at:
Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Although this Federal Geographic Data Committee-compliant metadata file is intended to document the data set in nonproprietary form, as well as in Esri format, this metadata file may include some Esri-specific terminology.
Currentness_Reference: ground condition of the data the interpretation is based on
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: Data Categories for Marine Planning
Theme_Keyword: Physical Habitats and Geomorphology
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: benthic ecosystems
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: Global Change Master Directory
Theme_Keyword: benthic habitat
Theme_Keyword: reef habitat
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: NGA GEOnet Names Server (GNS)
Place_Keyword: American Samoa
Place_Keyword: Faga'alu Bay
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Place_Keyword: Pago Pago
Place_Keyword: Pago Pago Harbor
USGS-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain. Acknowledge the U.S. Geological Survey in products derived from these data. Share data products developed using these data with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Contact_Organization: USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Contact_Position: Geologist/Physical Scientist
Contact_Person: Susan Cochran
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical
Address: 400 Natural Bridges Dr.
City: Santa Cruz
Environment as of Metadata Creation: Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS 10.3.1 (Build 4959) Service Pack N/A (Build N/A)
Originator: Analytical Laboratories of Hawaii
Mapping of benthic habitats for U.S. Pacific TerritoriesÑAmerican Samoa, Guam, and The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Task Order II Project Completion Report; for BAE Systems Spectral Solutions under contract to NOAA