Shorezone Observed Habitat Polygons

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

The Observed Habitat Polygons show the various types of particular habitat that have been observed or calculated by biologists as well as an expectation of different species found in the habitats. Each bioarea has several observed habitats, and it is the combination of the bioarea and habitat observed number that identifies each unique observed habitat.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

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Purpose

The Observed Habitat Polygons show the various types of particular habitat as well as an expectation of different species found in the habitats.

Data Quality

The British Columbia Coastal Resource Information System (CRIMS) is an internet based interactive map for viewing coastal and marine data. A wide variety of coast and marine resources are included, such as aquaculture, shoreline classification, selected fisheries information, and offshore oil and gas information. The development of the Coastal Resource Information System is ongoing. The application provides access to data currently held in the BC Geographic Warehouse. As additional layers are added to the BCGW, subsequent releases of the application will include these additional layers and further enhancements.

Lineage Statement

This dataset was formally a depiction of the SHZN_HAB_OBS_POLYS_SVW warehouse layer.

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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 2018-06-06
Record Last Modified 2018-07-06
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_ENVIRONMENTAL_MONITORING.SHZN_HAB_OBS_POLYS_SV

Short Name: HAB_O_PY_S

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
PHYIDENT PHYIDENT VARCHAR2 4000 PHYIDENT is a 13-character slash-delimited (/) concatenation of the shoreunits REGION, SECTION, UNIT and SUBUNIT that uniquely identifies the shoreunit for use in the shorezone mapping system, e.g., 01/02/0345/01.
REGION REGION NUMBER 2 REGION is a unique number assigned to a particular region. A region is a large subdivision area of a project used for administrative purposes. The regions are numbered 1 to 13, e.g., 1, 2, 3.
SECTION SECTION NUMBER 2 SECTION is a unique number assigned to a particular section of a region. A section is a subdivision of a region used for administrative purposes, e.g., 1, 2, 3.
UNIT UNIT NUMBER 4 UNIT is a number assigned to the primary unit of measure in the shorezone coverage. This main subdivision of a SECTION forms the "along-shore" physical unit. There are a maximum of 9,999 UNITS within a SECTION, i.e. 1324.
SUBUNIT SUBUNIT NUMBER 38 SUBUNIT is a number used to show the across-shore component of the shoreline. In the PHYIDENT, the SUBUNIT portion is at the end of the phyident and typically has a leading "0". A subunit of 00 signifies a homogeneous unit while subunits identified with 01, 02, etc. signify variants or anomalies in the unit, usually features that have only a short alongshore length, e.g., 0,1,2.
HAB_OBS HAB_OBS NUMBER 38 HAB OBS, a commonly-used shortened form for Habitat Observed, is a number assigned to a particular habitat that has generally been observed by biologists in a particular bioarea. The term is a bit of a misnomer in that, while the habitat may have been observed in the field, it can be a calculated value, even though it is still refered to as the HAB OBS. The HAB OBS numbers range from 1 through 12.
HAB_OBS_NAME HAB_OBS_NM VARCHAR2 100 HAB OBS NAME is the commonly-used name given to the Habitat Observed number and is usually comprised of its exposure and its substrate, e.g., Semi-exposed Bedrock/Boulder.
BIOAREA_CODE BIOAREA_CD VARCHAR2 5 BIOAREA CODE is a unique two- to five-letter acronym code assigned to a particular large administrative area in the province of BC. The bioareas are very similar to the projects in function but differ in that bioareas divide the province based on the biology of a particular area, e.g., BI (for Burrard Inlet), CC (for Central Coast), SOG (for Strait of Georgia).
BIO_EXP_OBS B_XP_BS VARCHAR2 3 BIO EXP OBS is a shortened commonly-used term for the Observed Exposure type for this shoreunit as interpreted from a biological perspective: that is, an observation of the flora and fauna types was used to record the exposure for this shoreunit as only certain types of species can live in certain types of exposures, i.e., E (Exposed), P (Protected), SE (Semi-Exposed), SP (Semi-Protected), VE (Very Exposed), VP (Very Protected).
BIO_EXP_OBS_NAME B_XP_BS_NM VARCHAR2 50 BIO EXP OBS NAME is the commonly-used name for the Observed Exposure type for this shoreunit as interpreted from a biological perspective: that is, an observation of the flora and fauna types was used to record the exposure for this shoreunit as only certain types of species can live in certain types of exposures, i.e., Exposed, Protected, Semi-Exposed, Semi-Protected, Very Exposed, Very Protected.
EXP_OBS EXP_OBS VARCHAR2 3 EXP OBS is a shortened commonly-used term for Observed Exposure type, which is the grade of the relative exposure to the elements observed in the field that affect the shoreunit, i.e., E (Exposed), P (Protected), SE (Semi-Exposed), SP (Semi-Protected), VE (Very Exposed), VP (Very Protected).
EXP_OBS_NAME EXP_OBS_NM VARCHAR2 50 EXP OBS NAME is the commonly-used name for the Observed Exposure type, which is the grade of the relative exposure to the elements observed in the field that affect the shoreunit, i.e., Exposed, Protected, Semi-Exposed, Semi-Protected, Very Exposed, Very Protected.
BIO_EXP_CALC B_XP_CLC VARCHAR2 3 BIO EXP CALC is a shortened commonly-used term for the Calculated Exposure type for this shoreunit as interpreted from a biological perspective: that is, it is a Calculated (i.e. NOT an actual observation as is the case with BIO_EXP_OBS) of the flora and fauna types was used to record the exposure for this shoreunit as only certain types of species can live in certain types of exposures, i.e., E (Exposed), P Protected), SE (Semi-Exposed), SP (Semi-Protected), VE (Very Exposed), VP (Very Protected).
BIO_EXP_CALC_NAME B_XP_CLC_M VARCHAR2 50 BIO EXP CALC NAME is the commonly-used name for the Calculated Exposure type for this shoreunit as interpreted from a biological perspective: that is, it is a Calculated (i.e. NOT an actual observation as is the case with BIO_EXP_OBS) of the flora and fauna types was used to record the exposure for this shoreunit as only certain types of species can live in certain types of exposures, i.e., Exposed, Protected, Semi-Exposed, Semi-Protected, Very Exposed, Very Protected.
EXP_CALC EXP_CALC VARCHAR2 3 EXP CALC is a shortened commonly-used term for Calculated Exposure type, which is the grade of the relative exposure to the elements calculated from variables like the fetch data (not captured in the field) that affect the shoreunit, i.e., E (Exposed), P Protected), SE (Semi-Exposed), SP (Semi-Protected), VE (Very Exposed), VP (Very Protected).
EXP_CALC_NAME EXP_CLC_NM VARCHAR2 50 EXP CALC NAME is the commonly-used name for the Calculated Exposure type, which is the grade of the relative exposure to the elements calculated from variables like the fetch data (not captured in the field) that affect the shoreunit, i.e., Exposed, Protected, Semi-Exposed, Semi-Protected, Very Exposed, Very Protected.
SUBSTRATE_ID SBSTRT_ID NUMBER 2 SUBSTRATE ID is a sequential, operationally-assigned unique number for a substrate. A substrate is the geological foundation upon which the biota is found.
SUBSTRATE_NAME SBSTRT_NM VARCHAR2 50 SUBSTRATE NAME is the name given to the geological foundation upon which the biota is found, e.g., Bedrock/Boulder, Sand/Gravel, Anthropogenic.
HAB_ZONE_NAME HB_ZN_NM VARCHAR2 20 HAB ZONE NAME is a name given to describe the relative zone position of the species in the observed habitat, i.e. upper, middle, mid/low, low, subtidal.
HAB_ZONE_ID HB_ZN_ID NUMBER 38 HAB ZONE ID is a unique numeric identifier assigned to the relative zone position of the species in the observed habitat.
SPECIES_NAME SPECIES_NM VARCHAR2 100 SPECIES NAME is the specific species name of the visible macro-biota assemblage found (or calculated to be) in the shoreunit. This name may or may not use scientific nomenclature, e.g., Anthopleura elegantissima, marsh grasses and sedges, -none-, -not entered yet-.
SPECIES_ID SPECIES_ID NUMBER 3 SPECIES ID is a sequential, operationally-assigned unique number for a species. A Species is the visible macro-biota assemblage found in the shoreunit.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FEAT_AREA NUMBER 19 FEATURE AREA SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE LENGTH M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA ANNO_CAD 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.

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