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Marine Bird Sightings, Ship/Aircraft (F033)

 FILE TYPE 033 - MARINE BIRD SIGHTINGS, SHIP/AIRCRAFT - 1/18/78 VERSION 

     THIS FORMAT IS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT INVESTIGATIONS CONCERNING   
BIOLOGICAL POPULATIONS THAT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO IMPACT FROM PETROLEUM   
DEVELOPMENT. DATA CAN BE REPORTED FOR DERIVING SEASONAL DENSITY 
DISTRIBUTIONS, MIGRATORY ROUTES AND BREEDING LOCALES FOR SELECTED MARINE
BIRD SPECIES. THIS FORMAT IS STRUCTURED TO REPORT SHIP AND AIRCRAFT 
OBSERVATIONS ALONG SPECIFIC TRANSECTS.  
     THE FORMAT CONSISTS OF FIVE RECORDS FOR REPORTING BEGINNING AND END
POSITION OF TRANSECT, DATE AND ELAPSED TIME, SPEED AND COURSE, PLATFORM 
AND SURVEY OPERATING INFORMATION. DETAILED ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION
INCLUDES METEOROLOGICAL, SEA SURFACE AND WATER PROPERTIES, DISTANCES
TO SHORELINE AND SHELF BREAK, ICE CHARACTERISTICS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE
EACH TRANSECT, OIL AND DEBRIS NEAR EACH STATION AND HABITAT DESCRIPTIONS.   
SPECIES DATA INCLUDES AGE, SEX, COLOR, PLUMAGE, NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS,  
DIRECTION OF FLIGHT, ACTIVITY, FOOD ASSOCIATION AND LINKAGE BETWEEN 
SPECIES AND OTHER DATA RELEVENT TO MARINE BIRD OBSERVATIONS FROM SHIP   
OR AIRCRAFT. TAXONOMIC CODE FIELDS FOR BOTH PREY AND PREDATOR ARE   
INCLUDED. A TEXT RECORD ALSO IS AVAILABLE.  
     ALL RECORDS IN THIS FORMAT ARE 83 COLUMNS IN LENGTH. THIS FILE IS  
SORTED BY STATION NUMBER, RECORD TYPE AND SEQUENCE NUMBER TO OBTAIN THE 
PROPER SEQUENCE OF RECORDS. 
     THE FIRST NINE COLUMNS FOR ALL RECORDS ARE TO BE USED FOR FILE TYPE
(COLUMNS 1-3) AND FILE IDENTIFIER (COLUMNS 4-9). THE FILE IDENTIFIER, TO
BE ASSIGNED BY THE ORIGNATOR, IS A UNIQUE ORIGINATOR ID FOR EACH DATA   
SUBMISSION. AFTER SUBMISSION, THE NODC REASSIGNS TO THIS FIELD A UNIQUE 
NODC IDENTIFIER FOR INTERNAL USE.   
*****NOTE IN REC '2' FOR BAROMETRIC PRESSURE WHERE VALUE EXCEEDS 999,   
*****OMIT ONE-THOUSAND DIGIT

         PARAMETER                 DESCRIPTION                         SC   


LOCATION RECORD                ALWAYS '1'                              10   
     STATION NUMBER            FIVE-CHARACTER FIELD ASSIGNED BY THE    11   
                               ORIGINATOR - ALSO INCLUDED IN RECORDS
                               2,3,4 AND 5  
     STARTING LATITUDE         DDMMSS PLUS HEMISPHERE 'N' OR 'S'       16   
     STARTING LONGITUDE        DDDMMSS PLUS HEMISPHERE 'E' OR 'W'      23   
     STARTING DATE (GMT)       YYMMDD                                  31   
     STARTING TIME (GMT)       XXXX (HOURS AND MINUTES)                37   
     ENDING LATITUDE           DDMMSS PLUS HEMISPHERE 'N' OR 'S'       41   
     ENDING LONGITUDE          DDDMMSS PLUS HEMISPHERE 'E' OR 'W'      48   
     ELAPSED TIME              XX (MINUTES)                            56   
     TIME ZONE                 TWO-DIGIT FIELD PRECEDED BY + OR - SIGN 58   
                               TO INDICATE GEOGRAPHIC TIME ZONE FOR 
                               BENCHMARK
     SPEED MADE GOOD           XXX (WHOLE KNOTS)                       61   
     COURSE MADE GOOD          XX - TENS OF DEGREES (TOWARD)           64   
     HEIGHT ABOVE SEA SURFACE  XXX (WHOLE METERS)                      66   
       OF OBSERVER'S EYES   
     PLATFORM TYPE             ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0100      69   
     SAMPLING TECHNIQUE        ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0046      70   
     SHIP ACTIVITY             ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0102      71   
     PHOTO(S) TAKEN            ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0095      72   
     WIDTH OF TRANSECT         ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0060      73   
     ANGLE OF VIEW             ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0113      74   
     OBSERVATION CONDITIONS    ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0041      75   
     DISTANCE MADE GOOD        XXXX (KILOMETERS TO TENTHS)             76   
     WATCH TYPE                ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0152      80   
     TRANSECT WIDTH            XXX (WHOLE TENS OF METERS)              81   



ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD           ALWAYS '2'                              10   
     STATION NUMBER            SEE RECORD '1'                          11   
     DEPTH TO BOTTOM           XXXX (WHOLE METERS)                     16   
     DEPTH OF THERMOCLINE      XXX (WHOLE METERS)                      20   
     SURFACE TEMPERATURE       XXXX NEGATIVE TEMPERATURES ARE PRECEDED 23   
                               BY A MINUS SIGN ADJACENT TO TEMPERATURE  
                               VALUE - DEG C TO TENTHS  
     SURFACE SALINITY          XXX - PARTS PER THOUSAND TO TENTHS      27   
     DRY BULB TEMPERATURE      XXXX NEGATIVE TEMPERATURES ARE PRECEDED 30   
                               BY A MINUS SIGN ADJACENT TO TEMPERATURE  
                               VALUE - DEG C TO TENTHS  
     WET BULB TEMPERATURE      XXXX NEGATIVE TEMPERATURES ARE PRECEDED 34   
                               BY A MINUS SIGN ADJACENT TO TEMPERATURE  
                               VALUE - DEG C TO TENTHS  
     RELATIVE HUMIDITY         XX - PERCENT                            38   
     BAROMETRIC PRESSURE       XXXX (MILLIBARS TO TENTHS)              40   
     BAROMETRIC TREND          ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0186      44   
     WIND DIRECTION            TWO-DIGIT CODE - USE CODE 0110 -        45   
                               DIRECTION FROM   
     WIND SPEED                XX (WHOLE KNOTS)                        47   
     SEA STATE                 ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0109      49   
     SWELL DIRECTION           TWO-DIGIT CODE - USE CODE 0110 -        50   
                               DIRECTION FROM   
     SWELL HEIGHT              XXX (METERS TO TENTHS)                  52   
     WEATHER                   TWO-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0159      55   
     CLOUD TYPE                ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0053      57   
     CLOUD AMOUNT              ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0105      58   
     WATER COLOR               TWO-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0051      59   
     VISIBILITY                ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0157      61   
     SUN DIRECTION             ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0096 -    62   
                               DIRECTION FROM   
     GLARE INTENSITY           ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0035      63   
     GLARE AREA                ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0034      64   
     LIGHT LEVEL               XXX - EXPRESSED IN TENS OF FOOT-CANDLES 65   
     MOON PHASE                ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0040      68   
     TIDE HEIGHT               ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0049      69   
     RISING OR FALLING TIDE    ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0187      70   
     DISTANCE TO NEAREST       XXXX (NAUTICAL MILES)                   71   
       SHORELINE
     DISTANCE TO SHELF BREAK   XXX (NAUTICAL MILES)                    75   
     SECCHI DEPTH              XX (WHOLE METERS)                       78   
     DEBRIS                    ONE-CHARACTER CODE FOR DEBRIS           80   
                               ENCOUNTERED BUT NOT BIRD ASSOCIATED -
                               USE CODE 0116
     BLANKS                                                            81   



ICE RECORD                     ALWAYS '3                               10   
     STATION NUMBER            SEE RECORD '1'                          11   
     ICE IN TRANSECT COVERAGE  ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0054      16   
     ICE IN TRANSECT TYPE      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0059      17   
     ICE IN TRANSECT FORM      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0057      18   
     ICE IN TRANSECT RELIEF    ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0107      19   
     ICE IN TRANSECT THICKNESS ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0061      20   
     ICE IN TRANSECT MELT      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0058      21   
     ICE OUTSIDE TRANSECT      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0054      22   
       COVERAGE 
     ICE OUTSIDE TRANSECT      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0059      23   
       TYPE 
     ICE OUTSIDE TRANSECT      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0057      24   
       FORM 
     ICE OUTSIDE TRANSECT      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0107      25   
       RELIEF   
     ICE OUTSIDE TRANSECT      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0061      26   
       THICKNESS
     ICE OUTSIDE TRANSECT      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0058      27   
       MELT 
     VISIBLE OPEN WATER TYPE   ONE-CHARACTER CODE USED WHEN AREA OF    28   
       OPENING                 OPEN WATER IS VISIBLE IN DISTANCE - USE  
                               CODE 0158
     VISIBLE OPEN WATER        ONE-CHARACTER CODE USED ONLY IF COLUMN  29   
       DIRECTION               28 CODED - USE CODE 0056 
     DISTANCE TO OPEN WATER    ONE-CHARACTER CODE USED ONLY IF COLUMN  30   
                               28 CODED - USE CODE 0106 
     VISIBLE OPEN WATER LEAD   ONE-CHARACTER CODE USED ONLY IF '6',    31   
       OR POLYNYA              '7' OR '8' IN COLUMN 28 CODED - USE  
                               CODE 0157
     VISIBLE ICE DESCRIPTION   ONE-CHARACTER CODE USED ONLY IF '9' IN  32   
                               COLUMN 28 CODED - USE CODE 0055  
     VISIBLE ICE DIRECTION     ONE-CHARACTER CODE USED ONLY IF COLUMN  33   
                               32 CODED - USE CODE 0056 
     DISTANCE TO VISIBLE ICE   SAME AS ABOVE - USE CODE 0106           34   
     ARCTIC COD OBSERVED       ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0095      35   
     EXCESS SEDIMENT           ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0095      36   
     ICE ALGAE LAYER           ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0095      37   
     MAMMAL TRACE              ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0036      38   
     OTHER FEATURES            ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0036      39   
     ICE IN TRANSECT PATTERN   ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0188      40   
     ICE OUTSIDE TRANSECT      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0188      41   
       PATTERN  
     SHIP IN WATER             ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0189      42   
     WIDTH OF LEAD             ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0157      43   
     DISTANCE OF SHIP FROM     ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0157      44   
       EDGE OF LEAD OR POLYNYA  
     TIME OF ICE CONDITIONS    XX - NUMBER OF MINUTES FROM STARTING    45   
                               TIME TO OBSERVATION TIME 
     PERCENT WATER VERSUS      XX - WHOLE PERCENT                      47   
       LAND COVERED 
     SIZE OF PONDS             ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0013      49   
     DESCRIPTION OF OPEN WATER ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0057      50   
       ICE  
     OPEN WATER ICE COVERAGE   ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0054      51   
     BLANKS                                                            52   
     SEQUENCE NUMBER           XXX - USED FOR SORTING RECORDS WITHIN   78   
                               A STATION
     BLANKS                                                            81   



TEXT RECORD                    ALWAYS '4'                              10   
     STATION NUMBER            SEE RECORD '1'                          11   
     TEXT                      62-CHARACTER FIELD FOR COMMENTS OR      16   
                               PERTINENT INFORMATION
     SEQUENCE NUMBER           XXX - SEE RECORD '3'                    78   
     BLANKS                                                            81   



DATA RECORD                    ALWAYS '5'                              10   
     STATION NUMBER            SEE RECORD '1'                          11   
     TIME (ELAPSED)            XX - NUMBER OF MINUTES FROM STARTING    16   
                               TIME TO OBSERVATION TIME 
     TAXONOMIC CODE            TWELVE-CHARACTER CODE - USE NODC        18   
                               TAXONOMIC CODES  
     SPECIES GROUP             TWO-CHARACTER CODE - ASSOCIATED WITH    30   
                               TAXONOMIC CODES - USE INVESTIGATOR'S 
                               INTERNAL CODES   
     AGE CLASS GROUP           ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0112      32   
     SEX                       ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0101      33   
     COLOR PHASE               ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0115      34   
     PLUMAGE                   ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0043      35   
     MOLT                      ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0039      36   
     NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS     XXXXX - NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS PER       37   
                               SPECIES  
     COUNTING METHOD           ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0097      42   
     RELIABILITY               ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0044      43   
     DISTANCE MEASUREMENT TYPE ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0118      44   
     DISTANCE FROM OBSERVATION XXX (WHOLE METERS)                      45   
       PLATFORM TO BIRDS
     DIRECTION OF FLIGHT       XX - TENS OF DEGREES (TOWARD)           48   
     TYPE OF ASSOCIATION       ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0050      50   
     LINKAGE FOR MULTISPECIES  XXX - SEQUENCE NUMBER OF THE GROUP      51   
                               WITHIN ONE OBSERVATION TIME BLOCK (BLANK 
                               FOR SINGLE BIRDS)
     NUMBER OF SPECIES         XX - SHOULD EQUAL THE NUMBER OF CARDS   54   
       PARTICIPATING           WITH THE SAME SEQUENCE NUMBER, COLS  
                               51-53
     BEHAVIOR (ACTIVITY)       TWO-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0142      56   
     SPECIAL MARKS             ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0047      58   
     BIRD CONDITION            ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0114      59   
     FOOD SOURCE ASSOCIATION   ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0032      60   
     TAXONOMIC CODE FOR FOOD   TEN-CHARACTER CODE - USE NODC TAXONOMIC 61   
       SPECIES                 CODES FOR PREY SPECIES - IDENTIFY TO 
                               SPECIES LEVEL ONLY   
     DEBRIS                    ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0116      71   
     OIL                       ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0099      72   
     DISTANCE FROM NEAREST     XXX (NAUTICAL MILES)                    73   
       BREEDING COLONY  
     HABITAT                   ONE-CHARACTER CODE - UP TO 2 DIFFERENT  76   
                               HABITATS CAN BE REPORTED - CODE FROM 
                               RIGHT TO LEFT - USE CODE 0098
     SEQUENCE NUMBER           XXX - SEE RECORD '3'                    78   
     SUBSTRATE                 ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0103      81   
     COVER                     ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0143      82   
     OUTSIDE ZONE              ONE-CHARACTER CODE - USE CODE 0042      83   
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