Data

The data below are from Phase 1 of this project. If you are interested in obtaining GIS data from Phase II, please send an email request to and specify which data you need, and how you plan to use it. Much of the bird and mammal data cannot be released without permission of the data providers. The Phase II at-sea bird data and maps changed very little from Phase I; the rest of the bird and mammal data and maps did change (the data ranged from 1980-2001). Contact for Phase 1 data questions.



Directory Structure
Data Name Location
Data /data
Shapefiles /data/shapes
ArcView Grids /data/grids
PDFs /data/pdfs
Tables /data/tables
ArcGIS MXD Files /data/mxds

Directory Contents

The data below are available in .zip format for quicker, easier download. The zip files either contain files for a shapefile or an ArcView grid. The shapefile zip files contain the following files a .dbf, .sbn, .sbx, .shp, .shx. The image mosaic zip files contain the following files: .sid, and .sdw. Metadata files are included in each zip archive where available as either .met text files or .xml (extended markup language) files.

ArcGIS MXD Files

Download MXD files here

The ArcGIS MXD files in this directory have been saved with relative pathnames. To use them, the shapefiles and grids found on the data CD will have to be unzipped and put into a specific data structure. Otherwise, you'll have to point each layer to its proper data source.

  • Directory - your root directory (name doesn't matter)
    • Base
      • Grids - base data grids
      • Shapefiles - base data shapefiles
    • Birds - bird shapefiles
    • Fish - fish shapefiles and bathcomp grid
    • HSI
      • HSI_Grid - HSI grids
    • Integration
      • Grids - integration grids
      • Shapefiles - integration shapefiles
    • Mammals - bird shapefiles
    • MXD_files - the MXD files

If you have questions, contact Ken Buja at 301-713-3028 x140 or at .

Base

bathy_grd.zip
bathy_200m
low resolution bathymetry
bathy_200m_tr
low resolution bathymetry trimmed to depths < 0
bathy_70m
high resolution bathymetry
bathy_mix
merged high resolution and low resolution grid
bathy_mix_hs
merged high resolution and low resolution hillshade grid
dem_200m_hs
low resolution DEM hillshade grid
dem_200m
low resolution DEM grid
Kelp99.shp
Shapefile of kelp distribution in 1999 (CDF&G)
ca_islrocks.shp
Shapefile showing offshore rocks and islands
Substrate.shp
Shapefile of substrate type
Ca_contours.shp
Shapefile showing bathymetry contours every 50 meters
California_g.shp
Shapefile showing the state of California
Five_min_grid.shp
Shapefile showing 5-minute grid overlay used for analyses
Sanctuary_boundaries.shp
Shapefile showing the boundaries of the 3 Central/Northern California Sanctuaries as polygons
Sanctuary_boundaries_arc.shp
Shapefile showing the boundaries of the 3 Central/Northern California Sanctuaries as lines
kelp_buffer.shp
buffer of kelp99 polygons for display purposes
regional_streams.shp
rivers and streams of coastal California
coastn27.shp
high resolution coastline from CDF&G
3nmile_line.shp
three nautical mile line
SF_bay_mask.shp
polygon to mask out DEM information in San Francisco Bay
wc80_02.shp
high resolution coastline from NOAA

Fish

Species InfoTables
Table of scientific names for fish appearing in the analysis
bathycom_grd.zip
Grid file of standard deviation of bathymetry within a one-kilometer radius of a grid cell
fish_shapes.zip
div_rich_trawl
Shapefile of diversity, richness and rockfish richness for NMFS shelf and slope trawls
divrichgrid
Shapefile of average diversity and richness per 5-minute grid cell from NMFS shelf and slope trawls
mid_98
Shapefile of cluster results from NMFS midwater trawls in 1998
mid_98c
Shapefile of cluster results from NMFS midwater trawls in 1998
mid_99
Shapefile of cluster results from NMFS midwater trawls in 1999
mid_99c
Shapefile of cluster results from NMFS midwater trawls in 1999
rec_cluster
Shapefile of cluster results from CDF&G recreational fishing data, presented in 2.5-minute grids
rec_depth
Shapefile of average depth of fishing trips in 2.5-minute grids
shelf_c
Shapefile of site cluster results from NMFS shelf trawls
slope_c
Shapefile of site cluster results from NMFS slope trawls
hsi_grd.zip
hsi\bluerf_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of blue rockfish, adult
hsi\boccacio_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of bocaccio, adult
hsi\boccacio_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of bocaccio, juvenile
hsi\canaryrf_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of canary rockfish, adult
hsi\canaryrf_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of canary rockfish,juvenile
hsi\chilirf_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of chilipepper rockfish, adult
hsi\chilirf_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of chilipepper rockfish, juvenile
hsi\dbrf_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of darkblotched rockfish, adult
hsi\dbrf_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of darkblotched rockfish, juvenile
hsi\doversole_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of Dover sole, adult
hsi\doversole_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of Dover sole, juvenile
hsi\dungcrab_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of Dungeness crab, adult
hsi\engsole_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of English sole, adult
hsi\engsole_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of English sole, juvenile
hsi\hake_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of hake, adult
hsi\hake_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of hake, juvenile
hsi\lingcod_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of lingcod, adult
hsi\lingcod_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of lingcod, juvenile
hsi\lsth_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of longspine thornyhead, adult
hsi\lsth_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of longspine thornyhead, juvenile
hsi\petsole_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of Petrale sole, adult
hsi\petsole_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of Petrale sole, juvenile
hsi\psanddab_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of Pacific sanddab, adult
hsi\psanddab_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of Pacific sanddab, juvenile
hsi\rexsole_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of rex sole, adult
hsi\rexsole_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of rex sole, juvenile
hsi\sablefish_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of sablefish, adult
hsi\sablefish_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of sablefish, juvenile
hsi\squid_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of CA market squid, adult
hsi\ssth_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of shortspine thornyhead, adult
hsi\ssth_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of shortspine thornyhead, juvenile
hsi\widowrf_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of widow rockfish, adult
hsi\yelloweyerf_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of yelloweye rockfish, adult
hsi\yellowtailrf_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of yellowtail rockfish, adult
hsi\allff_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of all flatfish spp. combined, adult life stage
hsi\allff_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of all flatfish spp. combined, juvenile life stage
hsi\allmodelsmean
Grid file showing mean of all models of potential distributions for fish species
hsi\allrf
Grid file showing potential distribution of all rockfish spp. combined, adult life stage
hsi\allrf_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of all rockfish spp. combined, juvenile life stage
hsi\assemb_1_ad
Grid file showing potential distribution of fish associated with a shallow shelf assemblage (members derived from species cluster analysis of NMFS shelf trawls- english sole, pacific sanddab, lingcod, and petrale sole)
hsi\assemb_1_juv
Grid file showing potential distribution of of fish associated with a deep/slope assemblage (members derived from species cluster analysis of NMFS shelf trawls - dover sole, shortspine thornyhead, and sablefish)
hsi\hsihot_all
Grid file showing the spatial overlap of all maps of potential distributions
hsi\slopeass_juv
Grid file showing assessment of slope assemblage juveniles
hsi\slopeass_ad
Grid file showing assessment of slope assemblage adults
hsi\sedgrd_new_2
Grid file of seditments types

Birds

bird_shapes.zip
Allbirds
Shapefile of 35 bird species for three seasons in 5' cells
Birdsummary
Shapefile of 35 bird species summarized in 10' cells
Allbirdeffort
Shapefile of all 5 minute cell bird survey effort
Upbirdeffort
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for Upwelling Season
Ocbirdeffort
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for Oceanic Season
Dabirdeffort
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for Davidson Current Season
Ucsbeff
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for MMS-Santa Barbara Channel Surveys
Cncloweff
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for MMS Central/Northern California Surveys
Ospreff
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for OSPR Aerial Surveys
Seabirdecoeff
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for Seabird Ecology Study Surveys
Epocseff
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for EPOCS Cruises
Rockfisheff
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for Rockfish Assessment Cruises
Dfdodseff
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for SF-DODS Cruises
Orcawaleff
Shapefile of 5 minute cell bird survey effort for NMFS Orcawale Cruise
BLKI_EL
Shapefile of Black-legged Kittiwake density in an El Nino period
BLKI_LA
Shapefile of Black-legged Kittiwake density in a La Nina period
FTSP_EL
Shapefile of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel density in an El Nino period
FTSP_LA
Shapefile of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel density in a La Nina period
BRPE_EL
Shapefile of Brown Pelican density in an El Nino period
BRPE_LA
Shapefile of Brown Pelican density in a La Nina period
BVSH_EL
Shapefile of Black-vented Shearwater density in an El Nino period
BVSH_LA
Shapefile of Black-vented Shearwater density in a La Nina period
Colonies
Shapefile of all the colonies -- used for species maps
Majorcolonies
Shapefile used for the colony summary map
AL0_dens
Marine bird density
AL0_dive
Marine bird diversity
AL0_mass
Marine bird biomass
AL1_dens
Marine bird density - alternative 1
AL1_dive
Marine bird diversity - alternative 1
AL1_mass
Marine bird biomass - alternative 1
AL2_dens
Marine bird density - alternative 2
AL2_dive
Marine bird diversity - alternative 2
AL2_mass
Marine bird biomass - alternative 2
AL3_dens
Marine bird density - alternative 3
AL3_dive
Marine bird diversity - alternative 3
AL3_mass
Marine bird biomass - alternative 3
OC0_dens
Marine bird density - Oceanic Season
OC0_dive
Marine bird diversity - Oceanic Season
OC0_mass
Marine bird biomass - Oceanic Season
Da0_dens
Marine bird density - Davidson Season
Da0_dive
Marine bird diversity - Davidson Season
Da0_mass
Marine bird biomass - Davidson Season
UP0_dens
Marine bird density - Upwelling Season
UP0_dive
Marine bird diversity - Upwelling Season
UP0_mass
Marine bird biomass - Upwelling Season

Mammals

mammal_shapes.zip
CetaceanUpwelling
Shapefile corresponding to frame a of the cetacean maps in 10' cells
CetaceanOceanic
Shapefile corresponding to frame b of the cetacean maps in 10' cells
CetaceanDavidson
Shapefile corresponding to frame c of the cetacean maps in 10' cells
CetaceanSummary2
Shapefile corresponding to frame d of the cetacean maps in 10' cells
CetEff
Shapefile containing overall cetacean survey effort in 10' cells
Summpinn
Shapefile corresponding to frame d of the pinniped maps in 10' cells
PinnEff
Shapefile containing overall pinniped survey effort in 10' cells
PinnipedUpwelling
Shapefile containing Calif sea lion and northern fur seal densities in the Upwelling season in 10' cells
PinnipedOceanic
Shapefile containing Calif sea lion and northern fur seal densities in the Oceanic season in 10' cells
PinnipedDavidson
Shapefile containing Calif sea lion and northern fur seal densities in the Davidson Current season in 10' cells
sofall01
Shapefile containing counts for southern sea otter in fall, 2001.
sospring02
Shapefile containing counts for southern sea otter in spring, 2002.
STSLobs
Shapefile containing at-sea observations and effort for Steller sea lion.
Seg
Shapefile containing of coastal ATOS segments for southern sea otter in fall 01 and spring 02.
HASEHaulout2002
Shapefile containing information on haulouts for harbor seal.
HASEobs
Shapefile containing at-sea sightings for harbor seal.
NESEobs
Shapefile containing at-sea sightings for northern elephant seal.
Rooks1
Shapefile containing locations of rookeries for northern fur seal and northern elephant seal
atosfall
Northern sea otter rangewide counts fall 2001
atosspring
Northern sea otter rangewide counts spring 2002
BLWHob
Blue whale observations
Caslhaul
California sea lion haulouts
dacasl
California sea lion density Davidson Season
danofs
Northern fur seal density Davidson Season
occasl
California sea lion density Oceanic Season
ochofs
Northern fur seal density Oceanic Season
upcasl
California sea lion density Upwelling Season
upnofs
Northern fur seal Density Upwelling Season

Integration

integration_shapes.zip
Bird_density_data
Shapefile of bird density data from
Bird_density_top20th
Shapefile of regions of highest (top 20%) interpolated bird density
Bird_diversity_data
Shapefile of bird diversity data from
Bird_diversity_residual_mask
Shapefile of regions of lowest (bottom 33%) residual bird diversity
Bird_diversity_top20th
Shapefile of regions of highest (top 20%) interpolated bird diversity
Fish_density_top20th
Shapefile of regions of highest (top 20%) density
Fish_diversity_data
Shapefile of fish diversity data from NMFS shelf and slope trawls, summarized by 5-minute grid cell
Fish_diversity_residual_mask
Shapefile of regions of lowest (bottom 33%) residual fish diversity
Fish_diversity_top20th
Shapefile of regions of highest (top 20%) interpolated fish diversity
bird_div_den
union of diversity and density shapefiles
fish_div_den
union of diversity and density shapefiles
fish_div_birds_div
union of fish and bird diversity shapefiles
fish_den_birds_den
union of fish cumulative suitabilty and bird density shapefiles
fish_All_birds_all
union of fish diversity/cumulative suitability and bird density/diversity
fish_density_data
Shapefile of fish density data
integration_grd.zip
Bird_dens_clp
Grid file of interpolated bird density (clipped to show only areas falling in lowest 20% standard error)
Bird_dens_se
Grid file of standard error of interpolated bird density used to clip bird_dens_clp grid file
Bird_div_clp
Grid file of interpolated bird diversity (clipped to show only areas falling in lowest 20% standard error)
Bird_div_res
Grid file of interpolated bird residual diversity
Bird_div_se
Grid file of standard error of interpolated bird diversity used to clip bird_dens_clp grid file
Fish_dens_clp
Grid file of fish cumulative suitability, derived from Habitat Suitability Index Models
Fish_div_clp
Grid file of interpolated fish diversity (clipped to show only areas falling in lowest 20% standard error)
Fish_div_res
Grid file of interpolated fish residual diversity
Fish_div_se
Grid file of standard error of interpolated fish diversity used to clip fish_div_clp grid file
Fish_dens_se
Grid file of standard error of interpolated fish density used to clip fish_dens_clp grid file

Tables

canmsTables.zip
hsi_life_history_data.xls
Life history information and suitability index values for HSM species.
Tab11MarineBirdSpecies.xls
Table of Marine Bird Species Used in the Analyses
Tab12Birddatasets.xls
A Summary of At-Sea Data Sets used in the Marine Bird Analyses
Tab13EffortforBirds.xls
A Summary of Combined At-Sea Data Set Effort by Ocean Season
Tab14ENSOperiods.xls
Table 14: Assignment of Warm, Cold and Neutral Periods, based on Surface Water Temperature off Central California
Tab15BirdLifeHist&mgmt.xls
Table 15. Life History and Management Information for Selected Marine Birds along the North/Central California Coast
Tab16birdSpatialtable.xls
Table 16. A Summary of the Temporal and Spatial Patterns in the At-Sea Survey Data (1980-2001) of Selected Marine Birds off North/Central California
Tab17importantbirdareas.xls
Table of Important Areas at Sea for Marine Birds off North/Central California
Tab18MajorBirdColonies.xls
Table 18. Major Marine Bird Colonies along the Central California Coast, from 1974-2001.
Tab19Threeof9variables.xls
Table 19. Three Most Important Variables (of Nine Investigated) having Independent Effects in explaining the Variation in Density of 25 Selected Marine Birds
Tab20EffectsofENSO_season.xls
Table 20. Effects of Ocean Season and ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation) Events on the Abundance of 26 Species off Central California, from 1985 to 2002, as Determined through Multiple Regression Analysis
Tab21BirdChangesfrmENSO.xls
Table 21. A Summary of Changes in Marine Bird Occurrence Patterns as a Response to Warm and Cold Ocean Anomalies, as Determined by Visual Comparison of Species Maps during the 1997-1998 El Niño Event & the 1999-2000 La Niña Event.
Tab22Mammalspecies.xls
Table 22. Marine Mammal Species and Maps Included in this Assessment (Phases I and II)
Tab23Mammaldatasets.xls
Table 23. A Summary of At-Sea Data Sets Used in the Preliminary Marine Mammal Assessment
Tab24mammaleffort.xls
Table 24. A Summary of Combined At-Sea Effort for the Preliminary Marine Mammal Assessment
Tab25MamLifehist&Mgmt.xls
Table 25. Preliminary Table of Life History and Management Characteristics for Selected Marine Mammals off North/Central California
Table27Datamatrix.xls
Table 27. Matrix of data sets and their associated characteristics that were used or referenced in the biogeographic assessment
TableBirdcolony_all.xls
Summary of Colony Data for Selected Marine Birds off North/Central California
TableBirdcolonysumy_all.xls
Summary of Colony Data for Selected Marine Birds off North/Central California
TDescripofbird_mamdatasets.doc
Descriptions of the At-Sea Survey Data Sets Used for Marine Bird and Mammal Assessment off Central California
TREADME_bird_shapes.rtf
Notes on the Two Files for Breeding Bird Colonies for the North/Central California Study Area.
Tfish_species_list.TXT
Fish Species List
Trec_cluster_all.TXT
Spatial and temporal locations of Rockfish caught recreationally off the coast of California Shallow Coastal Areas

DISCLAIMER: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Biogeography Program produced this data CD-ROM. The NOAA Biogeography Program does not guarantee the accuracy of the geographic features or attributes. Please see the metadata records for each data set for complete information on the source, limitations, and proper use.