Part I. Background
Part II. Management Plan
Part III. Appendices

Availability and Use of GIS Data for Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve

GIS Layers (Arc/INFO format)
Buildings (Greenhouses, Schools, Commercial Buildings, Private Houses, Mobile Home Trailers)
Elevation Contours
Land Use (Agriculture, Commercial, Residential)
Natural Reserve System Boundary
Parcel Boundaries
Property Boundaries
Restoration and Enhancement Areas
Roads (Paved and Dirt Roads, Driveways, and Bridges)
Vegetation (Distribution of Endangered Native Plant Species)
Watershed Boundaries

Important Details
Map projection parameters for all spatial data sets are:
Zone 3376
Datum NAD83
Units FEET
Spheroid GRS1980
X-Shift 0.000000000
Y-Shift 0.000000000

Metadata are information about data. Metadata contain information about the source's, lineage, content, structure, and availability of a data set. Metadata also describe intentions, limitations, and potential uses, allowing for the informed and appropriate application of the data. Descriptions of metadata function have recently been published by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC 1994, 1995).

The CSMR metadata standards have been closely matched to the FGDC standards to ensure current and future compatibility. As the FGDC standards evolve beyond the current status, we anticipate corresponding refinements in CSMR documentation. The format of the CSMR metadata consists of eight major documentation sections containing one or more metadata elements.

Metadata Data Element Categories
I. Identification Information: What the data set is called, file format description.
II. Data Quality Information: Accuracy, consistency, and data sources.
III. Spatial Data Organization Information: Data structure - raster, vector, point, etc.
IV. Spatial Reference Information: Coordinate units, map projection, spatial resolution.
V. Entity and Attribute Information: Attribute codes and reference citations.
VI. Distribution Information: How to order the data, on-line access, transfer size.
VII. Metadata Reference Information: Date of the metadata, contact for metadata updates.
VIII. Contact Information: General data contact, mail, voice, fax, web, e-mail.

For a version of the current FGDC Metadata Standards (8 June 1994) go to

The standard is also available by anonymous file transfer protocol (FTP) from: ( under /pub/metadata.

Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the University of California, Santa Barbara, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from the Museum of Systematics and Ecology and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the content of the metadata file associated with these data. The Biological Resources Division and the University of California, Santa Barbara shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein.

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