Shorezone Data Dictionary

Updated on July 28, 2009

Introduction:

ShoreZone is a coastal habitat mapping and classification system that specializes in the collection and interpretation of spatially-referenced aerial imagery of the intertidal zone and nearshore environment. Its objective is to produce an integrated, searchable inventory of geomorphic and biological features which can be used as a tool for science, education, management, and environmental hazard mitigation. The ShoreZone system utilizes spatially referenced, oblique aerial video and digital still imagery of the coastal zone collected during the lowest daylight tides of the year.

What is the ShoreZone Digital Data Dictionary?
The ShoreZone Digital Data Dictionary (SZ –DDD) is a dynamic way to look up information found in the Gulf of Alaska ShoreZone Protocols and summary reports. This application is designed to help the user look up ShoreZone definitions, tables, codes, diagrams, and photographic examples quickly and efficiently. Topics range from general ShoreZone terminology such as “what is a bioband?” to specific database definitions such as “what is BC Class 22?”. Please note redundancy is purposefully built in so the browser can quickly find their target .

Getting Started:
To get started do one of the following: see the Commonly used tables and diagrams below, click on the _Table Relations Map _for a graphical view, or brows through the _Tables and Definitions _ panel to the left. Note the left hand panel expands to show all definitions and tables and your current path through the SZ-DDD is recorded in the panel just above. If you would like to start over simply press the start over button.

Questions:
Please contact Steve.Lewis@noaa.gov or other members of the ShoreZone team at ShoreZone.org (external link).


COMMONLY USED TABLES AND DIAGRAMS

Name Description
BioBands (Ex: Barnacle, Rockweed) Biobands are band-forming assemblages of coastal biota and grow in a typical across-shore elevation, and at characteristic wave energies and substrate conditions.
Habitat Classes Habitat Class is a summary classification that combines both physical and biological characteristics observed for a particular shoreline unit.
Oil Residence Index (ORI) The Oil Residence Index defines the persistence of oil residence on the basis of substrate type on scale of 1 to 5, in which 1 reflects probable short oil residence (days to weeks) and 5 reflects the potential of long oil residence (months to years).
BC Class (Shore Type) Coastal class or “shore type” of the unit. There are 35 BC Classes, based primarily on substrate type, across-shore width, and slope.
Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Shore type classifications from exposed shoreline to protected shoreline.
Across Shore Zones A code indicating the across-shore position (tidal elevation) of the component: (A) supratidal, (B) intertidal, (C) subtidal
FORM - MATerial's page The principal geomorphic feature within each across-shore component, described by a specific set of codes.
Material Codes Material (substrate and/or sediment type) that best characterizes Form, described by a specific set of codes.
Species Lookup A list of species.
Database Tables Image Map An image map of the databases relational tables.


BIOBANDS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED CLASSIFICATIONS

Bioband Code - Bioband Name [Table] Bioband Groupings [Table] Xshore Zone [Table] Biological Wave Exposure [Table] ORI [Table]
VER : Splash Zone VER :Splash Zone A VP, P, SP, SE, E, VE 1-3
GRA : Dune Grass Salt marsh vegetation A P, SP, SE, E 4-5
SED : Sedges Salt marsh vegetation A VP, P, SP 4-5
PUC : Salt Marsh Salt marsh vegetation A VP, P, SP, SE 4-5
BAR : Barnacle BAR :Barnacle B P, SP, SE, E 1-3
FUC : Rockweed Upper intertidal biobands B P, SP, SE 1-3
ULV : Green Algae ULV :Green Algae B P, SP, SE, E 1-3
BMU : Blue Mussel Upper intertidal biobands B P, SP, SE, E, VE 1-3
MUS : California Mussel MUS :California Mussel B SE, E, VE 1-3
HAL : Bleached Red Algae HAL :Bleached Red Algae B P, SP, SE 1-3
RED : Red Algae Lower intertidal biobands B and C P, SP, SE, E, VE 1-3
ALA : Alaria Lower intertidal biobands B and C SP, SE, E 1-3
SBR : Soft Brown Kelps Lower intertidal biobands B and C VP, P, SP, SE 1-3
CHB : Dark Brown Kelps Lower intertidal biobands B and C SE, E, VE 1-3
SUR : Surfgrass Seagrass biobands B and C SP, SE 1-3
ZOS : Zostera (Eelgrass) Seagrass biobands B and C VP, P, SP 4-5
URC : Urchin Barrens URC :Urchin Barrens C SP, SE 1-3
ALF : Dragon Kelp Canopy kelp biobands C SP, SE 1-3
MAC : Giant Kelp Canopy kelp biobands C P, SP, SE 1-3
NER : Bull Kelp Canopy kelp biobands C SP, SE, E, VE 1-3


KEY DATABASE TABLES (Browse using Table Relations Map)

Name Description
AK Unit for Website The AlaskaUnitForWebsite table is a compilation of data from the ShoreZone tables: Unit, Bio-Band, Bio-Unit, Cross-Shore, and Habitat-Class. In order to have a single line of data to join to each along-shore Unit, the Cross-Shore was collapsed be removing the A, B, and C cross-shore band identifiers. All other Cross-Shore data remains the same.
Across Shore The XShr Table includes a record (row) for each across-shore zone (A, B, or C) and component (A1, B1, B2…) with attribute information regarding the morphology, sediment texture, width, slope, dominant coastal process, and estimated oil residence index for that particular intertidal zone and component.
Bio Band The BioBand Table is the biological complement to the XShr table. It contains biological information related to each across-shore zone. Band-forming assemblages of biota are recorded in the corresponding zone in which they are observed. These assemblages of coastal biota are referred to as Biobands and grow in a typical across-shore elevation, and at characteristic wave energies and substrate conditions.
Bio Slide The BioSlide Table is a list of digital still images with only non-zero UnitRecID fields. These images are the most pertinent to the mapping data house in the database. The same UnitRecID may be used for multiple photos. However, each photo may have only one unit with which it is associated. In this table, the UnitRecID field will not be “0.”
Bio Unit The BioUnit Table is the biological complement to the Unit table. It houses biological information related to the entire unit, including biological wave exposure and habitat class. Administrative information is also included in the BioUnit table, including biomapper and editor names, digital photos for the unit, ground station number, and the sources of information used in the biological interpretations.
Ground Station Number The GroundStationNumber Table provides information on pertinent records in a separate ground station database, if ground station data exists.
Unit The Unit Table includes information related to the entire unit, including geomorphic attributes such as overall coastal morphology type, coastal stability, sediment sources to the unit, wave exposure level, and potential oil residence. Administrative information such as the names of the mappers, editors, videotape number, and date entered are also included within the Unit table.




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