Massachusetts Coastal Zone

Metadata also available as

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Publication_Date: 20111004
Publication_Time: 000000
Title: Massachusetts Coastal Zone
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Online_Linkage: <http://www.mass.gov/mgis/cstzone.htm>
Online_Linkage: <http://www.mass.gov/czm/mapping/index.htm>
Online_Linkage: <http://www.mass.gov/czm/mapping/czboundary.htm>
Description:
Abstract:
The Massachusetts Coastal Zone data layer was compiled by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to represent the Massachusetts coastal zone as defined in the October 2011 Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Policy Guide ("Policy Guide"). Appendix 2 of the Policy Guide contains the most recent description of the official Massachusetts coastal zone and should be used in connection with the following two sources depicting maps of the boundary: (1) the CZM Coastal Atlas (Volume II of the 1977 Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Program and Draft Environmental Impact Statement) and (2) this data layer developed by CZM to depict the coastal zone in digital map format, available at: <http://www.mass.gov/czm/mapping/czboundary.htm>. This boundary was created per the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972 (Public Law 92-583, 16 U.S.C. 1451-1456). The boundary description is the specification of the major roads, rail lines, other visible rights-of-way, or coordinates marking the inland boundary of the coastal zone. The actual boundary is 100 feet inland of the landward side of the described line, with the exception of municipal boundaries, where the municipal boundary is the limit of the boundary description. This dataset represents the actual boundary. As described in Appendix 2 of the October 2011 Policy Guide, the official Massachusetts coastal zone includes the lands and waters within an area defined by the seaward limit of the state's territorial sea, extending from the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border south to the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border, and landward to 100 feet inland of specified major roads, rail lines, other visible rights-of-way, or, in the absence of these, at specified coordinates. The coastal zone includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the Elizabeth Islands. The coastal zone includes all islands, transitional and intertidal areas, coastal wetlands, and beaches within the Commonwealth. In isolated instances where the boundary line might exclude coastal resource area(s), these resources are included in the coastal zone although the written description follows the boundary line. Tidal rivers and adjacent uplands are included, at a minimum, to the extent of vegetation affected by measurably saline water. Anadromous fish runs are included, as well as their floodplains, to the freshwater breeding area, if such area is within a coastal town. Land owned or controlled by the federal government is excluded by law from the coastal zone.
Purpose:
The purpose of this dataset is for planning and analysis related to the Massachusetts coastal zone.
Supplemental_Information:
The full text of the October 2011 Policy Guide, including Appendix 2 – Legal Boundary of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone, can be viewed at <http://www.mass.gov/czm/plan/docs/czm_policy_guide_october2011.pdf>. The Coastal Zone Management Act can be viewed at <http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode16/usc_sup_01_16_10_33.html>.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20111004
Time_of_Day: 000000
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -71.342782
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -69.830025
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.878887
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.186918
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus:
NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 6.0.0.0.0
Theme_Keyword: Human Dimensions > Boundaries > Administrative Divisions
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: coastal zone management
Theme_Keyword: CZM
Theme_Keyword: law
Theme_Keyword: policy
Theme_Keyword: jurisdiction
Theme_Keyword: boundary
Theme_Keyword: boundaries
Theme_Keyword: Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Act
Theme_Keyword: Coastal Zone Management Act
Theme_Keyword: CZMA
Theme_Keyword: coastal zone
Theme_Keyword: coastal zone boundary
Theme_Keyword: Massachusetts coastal zone
Theme_Keyword: Massachusetts coastal zone boundary
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 6.0.0.0.0
Place_Keyword:
Continent > North America > United States of America > Massachusetts
Place_Keyword: Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean
Place_Keyword: Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Gulf Of Maine
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: U.S. Board on Geographic Names
Place_Keyword: Gulf of Maine
Place_Keyword: Massachusetts
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Categories
Theme_Keyword: boundaries
Theme_Keyword: environment
Access_Constraints:
None. These data are in the public domain. GIS files are freely available for download.
Use_Constraints:
Public domain data from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management as the source of these data. You are not permitted to use CZM's name or to suggest that CZM endorses your project or product, without its express written consent. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, CZM cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentation caused by any inaccuracies in the data or as a result of changes to the data caused by system transfers. The user must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of these data with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to these data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Data_Set_Credit:
These spatial data were created by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; ESRI ArcGIS 10.0.3.3600

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
The Shape_Leng and Shape_Area attributes were calculated in meters and square meters, respectively, after all edits to the data had been made.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
The data were checked for topological errors. All errors were corrected resulting in a topologically clean dataset.
Completeness_Report:
The data are thought to be complete; no data have been purposefully excluded. All areas known to encompass the Massachusetts coastal zone were included in these data with the exception of any areas that may fall under the following stipulation stated in the second paragraph of Appendix 2 of the October 2011 Policy Guide: "In isolated instances where the boundary line might exclude coastal resource area(s), these resources are included in the coastal zone although the written description follows the boundary line. Tidal rivers and adjacent uplands are included, at a minimum, to the extent of vegetation affected by measurably saline water. Anadromous fish runs are included, as well as their floodplains, to the freshwater breeding area, if such area is within a coastal town. Land owned or controlled by the federal government is excluded by law from the coastal zone." Per Appendix 2 of the Policy Guide, "the actual boundary is 100 feet inland of the landward side of this line, with the exception of municipal boundaries, where the municipal boundary is the limit of the line." Since the landward side of the roads and rail lines could not be determined from the input data layers, a 100-foot landward buffer was created from the depicted road and rail center lines. When two lanes were shown on the roads layer (e.g., for a divided highway), the landward-most lane was used to create the buffer. Therefore, this dataset may not include the full 100-foot landward buffer of roads and rail lines since the buffer was drawn based on the center line rather than the landward side of roads and rail lines.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
A horizontal accuracy report was not conducted for these data as horizontal accuracy values are not given for most of the input data layers (i.e., "Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Roads - October 2009," "Trains - April 2008," "Community Boundaries (Towns) from Survey Points - June 2004 (last update September 2009)," and "Massachusetts Lateral Boundaries").
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
Publication_Date: 20091001
Publication_Time: 000000
Title:
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Roads - October 2009
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Type_of_Source_Media: onLine
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20091001
Time_of_Day: 000000
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: MassDOT Roads
Source_Contribution:
This dataset was one of the sources used to create the coastal zone inshore boundary.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Central Transportation Planning Staff
Publication_Date: 20080401
Publication_Time: 000000
Title: Trains - April 2008
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Type_of_Source_Media: onLine
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20080401
Time_of_Day: 000000
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: Trains
Source_Contribution:
This dataset was one of the sources used to create the coastal zone inshore boundary.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS)
Publication_Date: 20090901
Publication_Time: 000000
Title:
Community Boundaries (Towns) from Survey Points - June 2004 (last update September 2009)
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Type_of_Source_Media: onLine
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20090901
Time_of_Day: 000000
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: Community Boundaries
Source_Contribution:
This dataset was one of the sources used to create the coastal zone inshore boundary.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Publication_Date: 20090619
Publication_Time: 000000
Title: Massachusetts Lateral Boundaries
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Type_of_Source_Media: onLine
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20090619
Time_of_Day: 000000
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: Lateral Boundaries
Source_Contribution:
This dataset was used to create the coastal zone lateral boundaries.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Mapping and Boundary Branch
Publication_Date: 20101005
Publication_Time: 000000
Title: Atlantic NAD83 Submerged Lands Act Boundary
Type_of_Source_Media: onLine
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20101005
Time_of_Day: 000000
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: SLA Boundary
Source_Contribution:
This dataset was used to create the coastal zone offshore boundary.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Coastal Zone Inshore Boundary: The coastal zone inshore boundary was created by following the verbal boundary description given in Appendix 2 of the October 2011 Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Policy Guide. Data sources used were MassDOT's "Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Roads - October 2009" data layer for streets and highways, the Central Transportation Planning Staff's "Trains - April 2008" data layer for railroad corridors, and MassGIS’s "Community Boundaries (Towns) from Survey Points - June 2004 (last update September 2009)" for inland municipal boundaries. In the absence of major roads, railroad corridors, and other visible rights-of-way, coordinates were specified in Appendix 2 to mark the inland boundary of the coastal zone and these coordinates were mapped in ArcGIS 10. Please note: Per Appendix 2, "the actual boundary is 100 feet inland of the landward side of this line, with the exception of municipal boundaries, where the municipal boundary is the limit of the line." Since the landward side of the road could not be determined from the MassDOT roads layer, a 100-foot landward buffer was created from the depicted road center line; when two lanes were shown on the MassDOT layer (e.g., for a divided highway), the landward-most lane was used to create the buffer. Similarly, since the landward side of the railroad corridor could not be determined from the Central Transportation Planning Staff data layer, a 100-foot landward buffer was created from the depicted center of the rail line.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: MassDOT Roads
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: Trains
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: Community Boundaries
Process_Date: 20101029
Process_Time: 000000
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Coastal Zone Lateral Boundaries: CZM's "Massachusetts Lateral Boundaries" data layer was used to create the lateral offshore boundaries between Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: Lateral Boundaries
Process_Date: 20101029
Process_Time: 000000
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Coastal Zone Offshore Boundary: The coastal zone offshore boundary was defined by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (formerly Minerals Management Service) "Atlantic NAD83 Submerged Lands Act Boundary" layer that defines the offshore boundary between Commonwealth and Federal jurisdiction. These data can be downloaded from <http://www.boem.gov/Oil-and-Gas-Energy-Program/Mapping-and-Data/Index.aspx>.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: SLA Boundary
Process_Date: 20101029
Process_Time: 000000
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Compilation: All boundary line data were merged, trimmed, dissolved, checked for topological errors, and then converted to a polygon.
Process_Date: 20101029
Process_Time: 000000
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: GT-polygon composed of chains
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 1

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Map_Projection:
Map_Projection_Name: NAD 1983 StatePlane Massachusetts Mainland FIPS 2001
Lambert_Conformal_Conic:
Standard_Parallel: 41.71666666666667
Standard_Parallel: 42.68333333333333
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -71.5
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 41.0
False_Easting: 200000.0
False_Northing: 750000.0
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.000000008155898179040834
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000000008155898179040834
Planar_Distance_Units: Meter
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: D North American 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: GRS 1980
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.0
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222101

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: Massachusetts Coastal Zone
Entity_Type_Definition:
As described in the Policy Guide, the official Massachusetts coastal zone includes the lands and waters within an area defined by the seaward limit of the state's territorial sea, extending from the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border south to the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border, and landward to 100 feet inland of specified major roads, rail lines, other visible rights-of-way, or, in the absence of these, at specified coordinates. The coastal zone includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and the Elizabeth Islands. For further details, please see the October 2011 Policy Guide.
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape_Leng
Attribute_Definition: Length of feature in internal units.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape_Area
Attribute_Definition: Area of feature in internal units squared.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Distribution_Liability:
Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these data, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop these data may be reflected in the data supplied. The client must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to certain data. In no event shall CZM be liable for any damages, whether general, special, incidental or consequential damages, arising out of your use of these data. Your sole remedy for damages is to stop using the data. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless CZM and its employees against any claim, loss, liability or expense, including attorneys' fees, resulting from loss of or damage to property or the injury to or death of any person arising out of the use of the data.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: ESRI Shapefile (.shp)
Format_Version_Number: ArcGIS 8.x, 9.x, and 10.x
Transfer_Size: 0.699
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <http://www.mass.gov/czm/mapping/index.htm>
Fees:
GIS and coordinate files may be downloaded at no charge by following links on the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management website (<http://www.mass.gov/czm/mapping/index.htm/>).

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20120127
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time

Generated by mp version 2.9.6 on Fri Jan 27 14:56:10 2012