Benthic Habitat Data

Bathymetry

Zipped bathymetry data files contain 1) grid data file (GMT or ASCII), 2) JPG and PDF of image, and 3) explanatory metadata text file.

5m grid data

Downloadable 1m grid data available on backscatter page

ArcGIS & ArcReader projects which integrate acoustic & optical data with reference to available terrestrial data.

Zipped data files contain 1) Arc ASCII file, 2) layer (.lyr) file for symbology, 3) high-res JPG of image, and 4) explanatory metadata text file (identical to linked file listed below).

5m grid data files

Northwest Hawaiian Islands:                                   French Frigate Shoals

[ Bathymetry | Backscatter | Optical Validation | Geomorphology]

Gridded Geomorphology

Download 5 meter grid:
Substrate, Slope, Rugosity, BPI Structures, BPI Zones

Click here for a Discussion of Geomorphological Layers

Zipped data files contain 1) Arc ASCII or GeoTIFF file, 2) layer (.lyr) file for symbology, 3) high-res JPG of image, and 4) explanatory metadata text file (identical to linked file listed below).

Substrate, Hard bottom vs. Soft bottom - 5 meter grid

Substrate :This is a preliminary product derived from an unsupervised classification of multibeam bathymetric data derivatives and multibeam backscatter data. Cell values reflect whether the seafloor is hard or soft. Please see the metadata for additional information.

Image map of French Frigate Shoals slope.

This map includes both the Simrad em3002d and Reson 8101 substrate data sets.
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Hard vs. Soft substrate classification data files
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Slope - 5 meter grid

Slope: Cell values reflect the maximum rate of change (in degrees) in elevation between neighboring cells. Slope was derived with the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension.

Image map of French Frigate Shoals slope.

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Slope data files
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Rugosity - 5 meter grid

Rugosity: Cell values reflect the surface area and (surface area) / (planimetric area) ratio for the area contained within that cell’s boundaries. They provide indices of topographic roughness and convolutedness. (Jenness 2003)

Image map of French Frigate Shoals rugosity.

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Rugosity data files
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BPI Structures - 5 meter grid

BPI Structures: Derived from two scales (20 & 250) of BPI; slope; and depth. Three ranges of slope defined flats, slopes and near vertical: x < 5; 5 < x < 70. Depth alone, in this case, is added only to separate flat structures into shelf (<30 m) and broad flat (>30 m) environments (depths based on SCUBA limits).

Figure giving visual description of BPI Structure classes.

A visual description of BPI Structure classes (Click image for larger view.)

Image map of French Frigate Shoals BPI Structures.

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BPI Structures data files
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BPI Zones - 5 meter grid

BPI Zones: Derived from a broad scale (250) BPI grid and slope. Two ranges of slope defined flats and slopes: x < 5 and 5 < x < 70.

Image map of French Frigate Shoals BPI Zones.

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BPI Zones data files
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