Marine Ecosections - Coastal Resource Information Management System (CRIMS)

Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Open Government License - British Columbia

Marine Ecosection classification for coastal and offshore British Columbia. The Marine Ecosections are: Johnstone Strait; Continental Slope; Dixon Entrance; Hecate Strait; Queen Charlotte Strait; Juan de Fuca Strait; North Coast Fjords; Queen Charlotte Sound; Strait of Georgia; Subarctic Pacific; Transitional Pacific; and Vancouver Island Shelf. The British Columbia Marine Ecological Classification (BCMEC) is a hierarchical classification that delineates Provincial marine areas into Ecozones, Ecoprovinces, Ecoregions and Ecosections. The classification was developed from previous Federal and Provincial marine ecological classifications which were based on 1:2,000,000 scale information. The BCMEC has been developed for marine and coastal planning, resource management and a Provincial marine protected areas strategy. A new, smaller level of classification termed ecounits developed using 1:250,000 scale depth, current, exposure, subsurface relief and substrate was created to verify the larger ecosections, and to delineate their boundaries. British Columbia has been collecting coastal resource data in a systematic and synoptic manner since 1979. Resource information is collected using peer-reviewed provincial Resource Information Standards Committee which include standards for data management and analysis

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 46.0° to 56.0°
Longitude: -139.3° to -122.2°

Additional Information

Purpose

To provide data and analyses for coastal resource management, marine research, rescue, conservation, protection and planning applications.

Data Quality
Lineage Statement

Resource information is collected using peer-reviewed provincial Resource Information Standards Committee (RISC) which include standards for data management and analysis.

Contact Information

NameCarol Ogborne (pointOfContact)
EmailCarol.Ogborne@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationGeoBC

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-03-09
Record Last Modified 2017-04-12
Resource Status completed

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_WILDLIFE_MANAGEMENT.CRIMS_MARINE_ECOSECTION

Short Name: MAR_ECOSEC

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
MARINE_ECOSEC_ID MRNCSCD NUMBER 8
FEATURE_CODE FTRCD VARCHAR2 10
MARSECTION MARSECTION VARCHAR2 40
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters

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