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Data for the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program's U.S. Gulf of Mexico Internet Map Server has been compiled from several published sources.  The GIS data publications are currently available on-line for user access and downloads.  Please select the source to browse from the list below.

To search for additional publications, please visit the Woods Hole Science Center's (WHSC) Publications website or the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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New publication GIS of selected geophysical and core data in the northern Gulf of Mexico continental slope collected by the U.S. Geological Survey; 2007, David C. Twichell, VeeAnn A. Cross, Valerie F. Paskevich, Deborah R. Hutchinson, William J. Winters, and Patrick E. Hart, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1071

Since 1982 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has collected a large amount of surficial and shallow subsurface geologic information in the deep-water parts of the US EEZ in the northern Gulf of Mexico. These data, released with the publication, include digital sidescan sonar imagery, digital seismic-reflection data, and descriptions and analyses of piston and gravity cores. The data were collected during several different projects that addressed surficial and shallow subsurface geologic processes. Some of these datasets have already been published, but the growing interest in the occurrence and distribution of gas hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico warrants integrating these existing USGS datasets and associated interpretations into a GIS to provide regional background information for ongoing and future gas hydrate research.

The National Assessment of Shoreline Change: A GIS Compilation of Vector Shorelines and Associated Shoreline Change Data for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico; 2004, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1089.

This data compilation for open-ocean, sandy shorelines of the Gulf of Mexico is the first in a series that will eventually include the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast, and parts of Hawaii and Alaska. Short- and long-term shoreline change evaluations are based on merging three historical shorelines with a modern shoreline derived from lidar (light detection and ranging) topographic surveys.  Data in this report are organized into data layers by state and are provided as single-point vector datasets with metadata. Vector shorelines may represent a compilation of data from one or more sources and these sources are attributed in the dataset.

Bathymetry and Acoustic Backscatter of the Mid and Outer Continental Shelf, Head of De Soto Canyon, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico -- Data, Images, and GIS; 2003, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-007.

This report provides the multibeam bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data, images, FGDC-compliant metadata, and a geographic information system (GIS) project of the 2002 survey of the Head of De Soto Canyon Region, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Texture, Carbonate Content, and Preliminary Maps of Surficial Sediments of the Flower Garden Banks Area, Northwestern Gulf of Mexico Outer Shelf; 2003, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-002, 1 CD-ROM

This report released texture and carbonate content data from 107 seafloor sediments collected within and near the East and West Flower Garden Banks areas of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

Multibeam Mapping of Selected Areas of the Outer Continental Shelf, Northwestern Gulf of Mexico--Data, Images, and GIS; 2002, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-411, 1 CD-ROM

This report provides the multibeam bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data, images, FGDC-compliant metadata, and a geographic information system (GIS) project from the 2002 surveys of the Flower Gardens area of the northwest Gulf of Mexico outer continental shelf . This report also provides the multibeam bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data, images, and metadata from the 1997 USGS survey of East and West Flower Garden Bank and Stetson Bank.

Multibeam Mapping of the Pinnacles Region, Gulf of Mexico; 2002, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-006

This Open File Report publishes the bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data along with FGDC-compliant metadata, images, and a GIS of the 2000 survey of the Pinnacles Region on the Mississippi-Alabama outer continental shelf.

Multibeam Mapping of the West Florida Shelf, Gulf of Mexico; 2002, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-005

This Open-File Report publishes the multibeam bathymetry and acoustic backscatter data, along with images and a GIS of the data collected in 2001 from a survey conducted of the outer shelf south of Mississippi and Alabama to the northwestern Florida shelf off Panama City, Florida.

Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: A Preliminary Database for the  U.S. Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico Coasts , 2001, U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-68

This Digital Data Series CD-ROM contains a preliminary report of the National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise for the conterminous United States.  In addition, the data used in these reports are included in GIS compatible format.

SeaMARC1A sidescan mosaic, cores and depositional interpretation of the Mississippi Fan: ArcView GIS Data Release; 2001, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-352, 1 CD-ROM.

This CD-ROM releases data that were used in several publications dealing with processes associated with recent deposition on the Mississippi Fan.

Gulf of Mexico GLORIA sidescan sonar Geologic Interpretation: ArcView Data Coverages, 2000, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-019

This CD-ROM contains copies of the 250m resolution GLORIA sidescan sonar mosaic for the Gulf of Mexico and it's geologic interpretation.

USGS East-Coast Sediment Analysis: Procedures, Database, and Georeferenced Displays, 2000,  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-358

CHAPTER 3; Visualizing Sediment Data Layers Using Geographic Mapping Tools

This Open-File Report CD-ROM contains a procedures section that describes field methods used to collect marine sediment samples and laboratory methods used to determine and characterize the grain-size distribution.  This CD-ROM also contains a data release of over 19,000 surficial samples collected and or processed by the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Woods Hole Science Center.

This data layer is available in an ArcView shapefile format along with it's metadata from this server.  The data has been stored in a zip archive for convenience.

West Florida Shelf: Sidescan-Sonar and Sediment Data from Shelf-edge Habitats in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico; 2000, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-589

This report contains sidescan-sonar mosaics, seismic-reflection profiles, texture and calcium carbonate content of sediment samples and interpretative maps of the seafloor morphology, sediments, and benthic habitats of the study area.  The site is on the eastern side of the DeSoto Canyon and 75 km due south of Cape San Blas on the Florida panhandle.

Sea-Floor Images and Data from Multibeam Surveys in San Francisco Bay, Southern California, Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico, and Lake Tahoe, California-Nevada; 1999, Peter Dartnell and James V. Gardner; U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-55

This publication releases bathymetry and backscatter data that were collected during a number of surveys in the eastern Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, Gulf of Mexico, and Lake Tahoe CA/NV.

Bathymetry, Sidescan Sonar Image, Surface Sediments, and Surficial Geologic Map of the Inner Shelf off Sarasota, Florida: Preliminary discussion and GIS database release; 1999, U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-396, 1 CD-ROM

This CD-ROM contains copies of the completed sidescan sonar mosaic, bathymetric images, collected samples and interpretive geologic overlays of the Inner Shelf off Sarasota, Florida.

Atlas of GLORIA sidescan-sonar imagery of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States: EEZ-View, 1997, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-540

This Open-File Report CD-ROM contains GLORIA (Geologic LOng-Range Inclined Asdic) sidescan imagery of all the deep-water portion (more than 200 meters) of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) mapped during the 8 years of data collection. The images are accompanied by brief tutorial overviews of plate tectonics, remote sensing with GLORIA and highlights of interesting features from each of the geographic areas:  East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, West Coast, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Gulf of Alaska, Hawaiian Ridge, Johnston Island, Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll.  Interactive links to word definitions, enlarged images, captions, shaded-relief images and geologic maps make this CD-ROM an attractive introductory tool for high school or college classes discussing marine geology or mapping with remote sensing.

Digital Mosaics of the GLORIA Sidescan Sonar Data of the U.S. Atlantic East Coast, 1997, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-853, 2 CD-ROMs.

This CD-ROM publication contains GLORIA (Geologic LOng-Range Inclined Asdic) sidescan imagery of the deep-water portion (more than 200 meters) of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region mapped during 1985.  A total of 16 digital mosaics of a 2degree by 2degree (or smaller) area with a 50meter pixel resolution were completed. 

This publication is not available online.  However, users may download these files online here.

CD-ROM Atlas of the Deepwater Parts of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone in the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. West Coast, and the Eastern Caribbean Sea, 1993, U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-15, 1 CD-ROM

This CD-ROM contains composite digital sidescan-sonar mosaics and geologic maps of the deepwater parts of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern Caribbean Sea.  The data on this disc consist of the fully processed GLORIA sidescan-sonar images, geologic interpretations of the images, bathymetry overlays for the images, 21 seismic profiles collected in 1978 along the Atlantic continental margin, and a three-dimensional perspective of the entire eastern Atlantic.  The GLORIA data on this disc were collected during 10 cruises between 1982 and 1987 for regions where water was more than 400 m deep.

 

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