Enhanced Management of and Access to Hurricane Sandy Ocean and Coastal Mapping Data

Friday, 19 December 2014
Barry Eakins1, David Neufeld1, Jesse D Varner1 and Susan J McLean2, (1)Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, (2)National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder, CO, United States
NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) has significantly improved the discovery and delivery of its geophysical data holdings, initially targeting ocean and coastal mapping (OCM) data in the U.S. coastal region impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. We have developed a browser-based, interactive interface that permits users to refine their initial map-driven data-type choices prior to bulk download (e.g., by selecting individual surveys), including the ability to choose ancillary files, such as reports or derived products. Initial OCM data types now available in a U.S. East Coast map viewer, as well as underlying web services, include: NOS hydrographic soundings and multibeam sonar bathymetry. Future releases will include trackline geophysics, airborne topographic and bathymetric-topographic lidar, bottom sample descriptions, and digital elevation models.

This effort also includes working collaboratively with other NOAA offices and partners to develop automated methods to receive and verify data, stage data for archive, and notify data providers when ingest and archive are completed. We have also developed improved metadata tools to parse XML and auto-populate OCM data catalogs, support the web-based creation and editing of ISO-compliant metadata records, and register metadata in appropriate data portals. This effort supports a variety of NOAA mission requirements, from safe navigation to coastal flood forecasting and habitat characterization.