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GRANIT Metadata for Great Bay Estuary Eelgrass_Kappa, 2013

GRANIT Metadata for Great Bay Estuary Eelgrass_Kappa, 2013

Title: Great Bay Estuary Eelgrass_Kappa, 2013
Time Period of Content: 08/24/2013 - 08/24/2013 Initial Publication Date: 06/30/2014
Originator: Seth Barker, Independent Contractor
Abstract:
The dataset shows the locations where eelgrass was observed in the Great Bay Estuary based on photointerpretation of orthophotography collected on August 24, 2013. The study area includes the following waterbodies: Great Bay, the mouth of the Squamscott River, the tidal portion of the Lamprey River, the tidal portion of the Oyster River, the tidal portion of the Bellamy River, the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor and its associated creeks. Vertical aerial photograph was collected as digital 4-band imagery with a nominal 1 foot resolution using a Intergraph Digital Mapping Camera. Environmental conditions included a low sun angle, low spring tide, low cloud cover, calm winds, no preceeding rain events, and low turbitiy in the water column. The eelgrass habitat mapped from the aerial imagery was verified using the ground truthing data from preselected locations and ad hoc locations chosen during the course of the filed work. Ground-truthing was done from a small boat during the same season as the photographs are taken. Ground-truth observations were made on all tides using a drop camera with video recoding capabilities and at low tide when visual observations were recorded. Positions are determined using high accuracy Trimble GeoXH and GeoXT GPS units.
Theme Keywords: biota, Eelgrass, Estuary, Estuarine
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