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Spatial Vegetation Data Metadata

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Northern Colorado Plateau Network, Inventory and Monitoring Program
Originator: G. Manis
Originator: A. Tendick
Originator: J. Coles
Publication_Date: 20090630
Title:
Spatial Vegetation Data for Arches National Park Vegetation Mapping Project
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program
Issue_Identification: Arches National Park
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Denver, CO
Publisher:
USGS, Biological Resources Discipline, Center for Biological Informatics
Online_Linkage: <http://biology.usgs.gov/npsveg/ftp/vegmapping/arch/archgeodata.zip>
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Description:
Abstract:
This polygon feature class represents vegetation communities mapped at Arches National Park to an alliance or association level, depending on the photo signature. The polygons were generated using guidelines set by the Standardized National Vegetation Classification System (October 1995). Original lines were drawn on mylar overlays using the DOQs collected in June of 2002. Hard copy 9x9 photography was used for photo interpretation. Traditional image interpretation cues were used to develop the polygons, such as shape, size, pattern, tone, texture, color, and shadow. Additional data layers were used in aiding the interpretation, such as slope, hydrology, soils, geography, and ground-collected vegetation information. The minimum mapping unit was 1/2 hectare. The lines developed in the image interpretation step were scanned using a large format scanner. The resultant scanned image was converted into line work for use within ArcGIS. The line work was cleaned, polygons created and attributed. The attributed vegetation classes were subjected to an accuracy assessment, following which final adjustments were made to the vegetation classes. As with any digital layer, this layer is a representation of what is actually occurring on the ground. Errors are inherent in any interpretation of ground qualities. Due to the "snapshot" nature of the DOQs, this vegetation layer reflects conditions that existed when the imagery was collected.
Purpose:
This polygon layer represents vegetation communities found in Arches National Park. The intended use of all data in the park's GIS library is to support diverse park activities including planning, management, maintenance, research, and interpretation.
Supplemental_Information:
Map Unit descriptions are hotlinked in the data, but the path names will need to be updated. To update the hotlinks to the map unit description PDFs, update the MAP_UNIT_PDF_PATH field in TBL_VEGMAP_INFO with the directory path where the map unit PDFs are stored (e.g., Calculate: MAP_UNIT_PDF_PATH = "C:\GIS\Parks\ARCH\Vegetation\MU_PDFs\"& [MAP_UNIT_PDF]).
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20020628
Currentness_Reference: Source photography date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent: Arches National Park and environs
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -111.441639
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -110.841933
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 38.547558
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 37.581451
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: Vegetation Classification
Theme_Keyword: Standardized National Vegetation Classification
Theme_Keyword: SNVCS
Theme_Keyword: NVCS
Theme_Keyword: Alliance
Theme_Keyword: Community Association
Theme_Keyword: Vegetation Map
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: National Park Service Theme Category Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: Vegetation
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: biota
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: Arches National Park
Place_Keyword: ARCH
Place_Keyword: Grand County
Place_Keyword: Utah
Place_Keyword: UT
Place_Keyword: Colorado Plateau
Place_Keyword: National Park Service
Place_Keyword: NPS
Place_Keyword: USA
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: National Park System Unit Name Thesaurus
Place_Keyword: Arches National Park
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: National Park System Unit Code Thesaurus
Place_Keyword: ARCH
Taxonomy:
Keywords/Taxon:
Taxonomic_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Taxonomic_Keywords: Standardized National Vegetation Classification System
Taxonomic_Keywords: vegetation classification
Taxonomic_Keywords: alliance
Taxonomic_Keywords: community association
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Kingdom
Taxon_Rank_Value: Plantae
Applicable_Common_Name: plants
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
Acknowledgment of the National Park Service would be appreciated in products derived from these data. Any person using the information presented here should fully understand the data collection and compilation process before beginning their analysis/use. The burden of determining fitness for use lies with the user.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Northern Colorado Plateau Network, Inventory and Monitoring Program
Contact_Person: Helen Thomas
Contact_Position: Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing
Address: P.O. Box 848
City: Moab
State_or_Province: UT
Postal_Code: 84532
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 435-719-2340
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: helen_thomas@nps.gov
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Coles, J., A. Tendick, G. Manis, A. Wight, G. Wakefield, J. Von Loh, and A. Evenden
Publication_Date: 20090630
Title:
Vegetation Classification and Mapping Project Report, Arches National Park
Online_Linkage: <http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/ncpn/>
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: report
Data_Set_Credit: G. Manis, A. Tendick, J. Coles, G. Wakefield
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 2; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.1.1850

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Network staff have ground checked and verified all features to the best of their knowledge. GIS personnel verified all features and attributes.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
All polygon features are checked for topology using the ArcGIS software. There are no duplicate features present. The tests for logical consistency are performed in ArcGIS. All attribute codes and attributes have been checked for typographical and logical errors.
Completeness_Report:
This data contains all the polygons mapped both in and surrounding Arches National Park. All data in the project area were classified and digitized. This includes alliances/community association classes, density classes, height classes, pattern groups, water, and unvegetated/landuse. All data with a minimum mapping unit of 1/2 hectare that could be interpreted from the aerial photographs are entered into the digital database. Some classes under the MMU (minimum mapping unit) are included due to its ease of interpretation and due to the specialty of the class. Road and utility corridors and streams/canals wider than 10 meters are included as polygons in this vegetation coverage.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
The vegetation spatial data meets National Map Accuracy Standards.
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy:
Vertical_Positional_Accuracy_Report: Not applicable
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: USGS
Publication_Date: varies
Title:
Klondike Bluff, Mollie Hogans, Cisco SW, Merrimac Butte, The Windows Section, Big Bend, Gold Bar Canyon, Moab, Rill Creek
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: image
Source_Scale_Denominator: 24,000
Type_of_Source_Media: CD-ROM
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: unknown
Source_Currentness_Reference: Imagery date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: DRG
Source_Contribution: Digital Raster Graphics were used for field maps.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: USDA Aerial Photo Field Office, Salt Lake City, UT
Publication_Date: 20020626
Title:
1:12,000 Aerial photography (true color) of Arches National Park
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: image
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Denver, CO
Publisher: USGS Center for Biological Informatics
Other_Citation_Details:
Aerial photography was taken at a scale of 1:12,000. Original media are in the form of positive transparencies. Photo interpretation was done on contact prints of the true color photos.
Online_Linkage: <http://biology.usgs.gov/>
Source_Scale_Denominator: 12000
Type_of_Source_Media: Contact paper prints of film transparencies
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20010910
Source_Currentness_Reference: Imagery date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: ARCH Aerial Photos
Source_Contribution:
These aerial photographs were the basis for the mapping process.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Horizons, Inc.
Publication_Date: 20020618
Title:
Digital Orthophoto quadrangles (1:40,000) of Arches National Park
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: BIL digital file
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: USDA Aerial Photo Field Office
Source_Scale_Denominator: 40000
Type_of_Source_Media: CD-ROM
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20020628
Source_Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: ARCH orthophoto
Source_Contribution: This digital orthophoto provided the project basemap.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: USGS/BRD, Center for Biological Informatics
Publication_Date: 19941101
Title: Accuracy Assessment Procedures, NBS/NPS Vegetation Mapping
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: document
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program
Issue_Identification: Arches National Park
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Denver, CO
Publisher: USGS/BRD, Center for Biological Informatics
Other_Citation_Details:
This report was prepared by Environmental Systems Research Institute+ADs- Redlands, CA, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA and The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA under contract from the U.S. Department of Interior National Biological Survey and National Park Service.
Online_Linkage: <http://biology.usgs.gov/>
Type_of_Source_Media: electronic document
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 19941101
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: Accuracy Assessment Procedures Documents
Source_Contribution:
This document established the procedures and protocols for the accuracy assessment at Arches National Park.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Imagery collection and publication. Two scales of aerial photography were flown, 1:40,000 (used for DOQ creation, June of 2002) and 1:12,000 (used for image interpretation, June of 2002). DOQs were printed in quarter quadrangle sheets(4), to facilitate line drawing.
Process_Date: 20020628
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Mylar overlay production. Mylar sheets were overlaid on DOQs. Traditional image interpretation techniques were used to draw lines on the mylar sheets. 9x9 aerial photography was used to assist in line placement.
Process_Date: 20050101
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Gerald Manis
Contact_Organization: NPS
Contact_Position: Unknown
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 2282 S West Resource Blvd
City: Moab
State_or_Province: UT
Postal_Code: 844532
Contact_Voice_Telephone: Unknown
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Mylar scanning. Mylar sheets with line work were scanned using a large format scanner. The product of these scans was a .tiff image.
Process_Date: 20050915
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Gery Wakefield
Contact_Organization: NPS
Contact_Position: GIS Specialist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 2282 S West Resource Blvd
City: Moab
State_or_Province: UT
Postal_Code: 844532
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 435-719-2180
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Polygon creation. Images of mylar sheets were brought into ArcGIS. They were converted from images into line feature classes using ArcScan. The line feature classes were cleaned and converted into polygons. The polygons were examined for topology, and were then attributed using map codes written on the mylar sheets.
Process_Date: 20051201
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Gery Wakefield
Contact_Organization: NPS
Contact_Position: GIS Specialist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 2282 S West Resource Blvd
City: Moab
State_or_Province: UT
Postal_Code: 844532
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 435-719-2180
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Accuracy assessment. An accuracy assessment was conducted using methods approved by the National Vegetation Classification guidelines. The accuracy assessment involved field plots determined by class size and number of polygons per class.
Process_Date: 20060401
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Revision and publication. Following the accuracy assessment, specialists examined the thematic accuracy of the vegetation layer. Adjustments were made to the data layer according to those assessments. Data was migrated to a personal file-based geodatabase.
Process_Date: 20090101
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Amy Tendick/Aneth Wight
Contact_Organization: NPS
Contact_Position: CANY I&M Bio Tech/NCPN Cartographic Tech
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 2282 S West Resource Blvd
City: Moab
State_or_Province: UT
Postal_Code: 844532
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 435-719-2185

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: G-polygon
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 20987

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Grid_Coordinate_System:
Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: Universal Transverse Mercator
Universal_Transverse_Mercator:
UTM_Zone_Number: 12
Transverse_Mercator:
Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.999600
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -111.000000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.000000
False_Easting: 500000.000000
False_Northing: 0.000000
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.000100
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000100
Planar_Distance_Units: meters
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222
Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Altitude_System_Definition:
Altitude_Datum_Name: National Geodetic Vertical Datum 1983
Altitude_Encoding_Method:
Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates
Altitude_Resolution: 0.000100
Altitude_Distance_Units: Unknown

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: fcl_Veg_Polys
Entity_Type_Definition: Feature Class
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: National Park Service
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: OBJECTID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHAPE
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Polygon_ID
Attribute_Definition: unique polygon ID
Attribute_Definition_Source: NPS four letter park code plus unique number
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: unique polygon ID
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Map_Unit_ID
Attribute_Definition: map class number
Attribute_Definition_Source: NPS map class number
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Code delineating the Map Unit for ARCH.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Map_Unit_Common_Name
Attribute_Definition: String
Attribute_Definition_Source: NPS map unit common name
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: The common name of the map unit for ARCH.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Edit_Date
Attribute_Definition: Date of edit(s)
Attribute_Definition_Source: NPS
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Date of any edits or updates to attributes.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Edit_Notes
Attribute_Definition: Explanation of edits
Attribute_Definition_Source: NPS
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Notes about any edits or updates made to a polygon.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Acres
Attribute_Definition: Double
Attribute_Definition_Source: NPS
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Acres calculated using ArcMap geometry.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Hectares
Attribute_Definition: Length of feature in internal units.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHAPE_Length
Attribute_Definition: Length of feature in internal units.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHAPE_Area
Attribute_Definition: Area of feature in internal units squared.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: rc_VegPolys_VegMapInfo
Entity_Type_Definition: Relationship
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: National Park Service
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
The National Vegetation Classification Standard is organized hierarchically to support conservation and resource stewardship applications across multiple scales. The upper levels of the hierarchy are based on the physical form or structure of the vegetation (physiognomy) and have been refined from the international standards developed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The two most detailed levels of the hierarchy are based on the species composition of existing vegetation (floristics) and reflect the phyto-sociological standards that were originally developed by European ecologists. The vegetation classification is continually advanced through the collection and analysis of new field data and will be greatly strengthened during the course of the USGS/NPS mapping efforts. Data file attributes include vegetation height, density, species, alliance, community element, and land cover. OBJECTID - ObjectID - Sequential unique whole numbers automatically generated. SHAPE - Geometry - Feature geometry, ESRI auto generated. Polygon_ID- Text - Unique polygon identifier created for relationship purposes. Map_Unit_ID - Text - Code delineating the Map Unit for ARCH. Map_Unit_Common_Name - Text - The common name of the map unit for ARCH. Edit_Date - Date - The date the polygon was last edited. Edit_Notes - Text - Notes detailing any edits made to a polygon. SHAPE_Length - Double - Length of feature in internal units. SHAPE_Area - Double - Area of feature in internal units squared. Acres - Double - Acres calculated using ArcMap geometry function. Hectares - Double - Hectares created using ArcMap geometry function
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: Unknown.

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: USGS BRD Center for Biological Informatics
Contact_Person: USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program Coordinator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: Denver Federal Center, Building 810, Room 8000, MS 302
City: Denver
State_or_Province: Colorado
Postal_Code: 80225
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (303) 202-4220
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 303-202-4219
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gs-b-npsveg@usgs.gov
Resource_Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
The U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein. These data and related graphics (if available) are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such.

The information contained in these data is dynamic and may change over time. The data are not better than the original sources from which they were derived. It is the responsibility of the data user to use the data appropriately and consistent within the limitations of geospatial data in general and these data in particular. Any related graphics (if available) are intended to aid the data user in acquiring relevant data; it is not approriate to use the related graphics as data.

The U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from an U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service servers and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the utility of the data on another system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data. It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata file associated with these data. Mention of trade names or commercial products in this metadata report does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use by the U. S. Department of the Interior, U. S. Geological Survey and National Park Service.

Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: HTML
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <http://biology.usgs.gov/npsveg/arch/index.html>
Access_Instructions: Internet Access
Fees: None

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20090427
Metadata_Review_Date: 20100512
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: USGS BRD Center for Biological Informatics
Contact_Person: USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program Coordinator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: Denver Federal Center, Building 810, Room 8000, MS 302
City: Denver
State_or_Province: Colorado
Postal_Code: 80225
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (303) 202-4220
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 303-202-4219
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gs-b-npsveg@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name:
FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001.1-1999
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage:
<http://www.nbii.gov/portal/server.pt/community/fgdc_metadata/255>

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