Environmental Response Data Collection Standards

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Environmental Response Data Collection Standards

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 to Thursday, September 27, 2007
Durham, New Hampshire

Workshop Goals

The goal of the workshop is to develop a common data standard that can accommodate a variety of field collected data. Managing and sharing data collected by different scientific and response organizations can be difficult due to the various data formats used. However, it is prudent to develop a database standard with the goal of enhancing data usefulness across a wide variety of users. The specific focus of this workshop will be shoreline cleanup assessment (SCAT) and marine debris data.

This workshop (participants by invitation only) will convene a group of shoreline data collectors, managers, and users who understand the benefits of establishing a data standard. During the workshop, relevant presentations and breakout sessions will serve to build consensus among attendees on the design aspects of the standard. Through the workshop, a standard working group will be established which will guide implementation of the standard to completion.

Although this workshop is by invitation only, on the evening of September 26th, the public is invited to attend a Social Hour and Demonstration Exhibit.  This will be a time for our workshop participants to display and demonstrate their various tools and technologies related to data collection which include:

  • Personal digital assistants with integrated GPS for oil spill and marine debris data collection
  • Shoreline emergency response data collection methods and database structure for incidents such as oil spills
  • New Hampshire Seacoast marine debris collection, identification and mapping
  • Gulf of Mexico marine debris collection and mapping in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita

This special event will take place in the New England Center’s Windsor Charles Room, 5:30 – 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 26.  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Specific standards will be developed that define:

  • Core Functionality
    Geo-spatial, temporal, and relational
  • Topical Modularity
    - Support for SCAT, Marine Debris, and other data
  • Protocols
    - For defining shoreline segment boundaries, zones, and others
  • Metadata
    - Describing relationships, units, conventions
  • Formats
    - That optimize accessibility, sharing, and product creation





Workshop Themes & Questions



Welcome from the Coastal Response Research Center - Nancy Kinner

NOAA Marine Debris Program Keynote Address - Kris McElwee

Workshop Goals, Current State of the Art and Vision for the Future - Ian Zelo

Oil Spill and Marine Debris Response: The Power of Integration - Jenna Jambeck and Amy Merten

Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping and the Need for Standards Development - Roger Parsons

Maximizing Technology to Improve Emergency Response Data Collection and Utilization - Curtis Vaughn

Unique Natioanl Data Set (NMDMP) Example of Marine Debris Standard - Christine Ribic

User Needs and System Integration: “Car 54” Initiative - William Lenharth

Current State of the Art: Data Collection, Storage & Use - Randy Imai (not available)

Industry Perspective on Data Collection - Chris Pfeifer

Imagine the Possibilities! … Envision a Data Standard - Holly Bamford

Shoreline Data Standard – Measure Twice, Cut Once… -George Grattinger

The Data Standard: How to Reach our Goal - Al Hielscher

Pre-Reading Materials

Questionnaire (for workshop participants)

Overview of NOAA's Data Structures

Overview of SCAT Process

Data Standards Examples

Tour of Electronic SCAT TOOL

ESI Guidelines

Important Links

NOAA Marine Debris

UNH Marine Debris

ORR Field Tools Team

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Pathfinder Magazine


Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Federal Geographic Data Clearinghouse (FGDC)


The Alice Ferguson Foundation Visible Trash Survey Data Form - TBD

The Alice Ferguson Foundation Visible Trash Survey, Trash Item Counts - TBD

The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Data Card (ICC)

The Ocean Conservancy's National Marine Debris Monitoring Program Data Card (NMDMP)

SCAT Marine Debris Survey Form

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

From Sea to Shining Sea: Priorities for Ocean Policy Reform (Joint Ocean Commission Initiative)

U.S. Ocean Action Plan. The Bush Administration's Response to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

House Passes Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act
National Office for Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observations


Great Bay Conference Room
New England Center
15 Strafford Avenue
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824
603.862.2801 / 800.590.4334


New England Center
15 Strafford Avenue
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824

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