Soil Survey Tabular Database for Ulster County, New York


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Publication_Date: 20070117
Title: Soil Survey Tabular Database for Ulster County, New York
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, Colorado
Publisher: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Other_Citation_Details: NY111
Online_Linkage: URL:http://SoilDataMart.nrcs.usda.gov/
Description:
Abstract:
This tabular data set contains estimated and measured data on the
physical and chemical soil properties, soil interpretations, and static
and dynamic metadata. The static tabular metadata documents the underlying
data structure, independent of the actual data contained in an export. The
static tabular metadata table names are mdstatdomdet, mdstatdommas,
mdstatidxdet, mdstatidxmas, mdstatrshipdet, mdstatrshipmas, mdstattabcols,
and mdstattabs. The dynamic metadata documents the contents of a
particular export. The dynamic metadata table names are distinterpmd,
distlegendmd, and distmd. The structure of the static and dynamic metadata
tables can be viewed online via the URL listed in the Online_Linkage
element above.

Most tabular data exist in the database as a range of soil properties,
depicting the range for the soil survey area. Data are obtained from a
combination of field observations, site descriptions and transects, and
laboratory analyses.

In making the soil survey, soil scientists observed landforms and
landscape features, such as the steepness, length, and shape of slopes;
the general pattern of drainage; the kinds of crops and native plants
growing on the soils; and the kinds of bedrock. They observed and studied
many soil profiles.

Samples of some of the soils in the area were collected for laboratory
analyses and for engineering tests. Soil boundaries were drawn on the soil
maps and a locally tailored tabular data base was constructed, based on
those observations and the resulting landscape model the soil scientist
developed.

These data can be used with their companion field maps. Contact the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service State
Soil Scientist for additional information.

Purpose: This tabular data set depicts information about the kinds and distribution of soils on the landscape. The data were prepared by soil scientists as part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey.
Supplemental_Information: unknown
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 20041110
Ending_Date: 20070117
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -74.7810423802
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -73.9106832727
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.5806109469
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.1769922779
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: soil survey
Theme_Keyword: soils
Theme_Keyword: National Soil Information System
Theme_Keyword: NASIS
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: Counties and County Equivalents of the States of the United States and the District of Columbia (FIPS Pub 6-3)
Place_Keyword: state
Place_Keyword: county
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation
Service, should be acknowledged as the data source in products
derived from these data.

This tabular data set is not designed for use as a primary regulatory tool
in permitting or siting decisions, but may be used as a reference
source. This is public information and may be interpreted by
organizations, agencies, units of government, or others based on
needs; however, they are responsible for the appropriate application.
Federal, State, or local regulatory bodies are not to reassign to the
Natural Resources Conservation Service any authority for the decisions that
they make. The Natural Resources Conservation Service will not perform any
evaluations of these data for purposes related solely to State or local
regulatory programs.

The interpretations and analysis derived from these data do not eliminate
the need for onsite sampling, testing, and detailed study of specific sites
for intensive uses. Thus, these data and their interpretations are intended
for planning purposes only. Digital data files are periodically updated.
Files are dated, and users are responsible for obtaining the latest version
of the data.

Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Contact_Position: State Soil Scientist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Address: New York State Office
Address: The Galleries of Syracuse, 5th Floor, Suite 354
Address: 441 South Salina Street
City: Syracuse
State_or_Province: NY
Postal_Code: 13202
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 315-477-6521
Contact_TDD/TTY_Telephone: (202) 720-2600
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: steven.indrick@ny.usda.gov
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Publication_Date: unpublished material
Title: Soil Survey of Ulster County, New York
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: text, table, map
Other_Citation_Details:
These data contain information that can be applied in managing
farms and wetlands; in selecting sites for roads, ponds,
buildings, and other structures; and in judging the suitability
of tracts of land for farming, industry, and recreation.

These data depict information about the kinds and distribution
of soils on the landscape. The data were prepared by soil scientists
as part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey.


Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report: Attribute accuracy is tested by standards, methods, and procedures adopted by the National Cooperative Soil Survey Program.
Logical_Consistency_Report: unknown
Completeness_Report:
A map unit is a collection of areas defined and named the same in
terms of their soil and/or nonsoil areas. Each map unit differs
in some respect from all others in a survey area and is uniquely
identified. Each individual area is a delineation. Each map unit
consists of one or more components.

Soil scientists identify small areas of soils or miscellaneous
(nonsoil) areas that have properties and behavior significantly
different than the named soils in the surrounding map unit. These
minor components may be indicated as special features. If they
have a minimal effect on use and management, or could not be
precisely located, they may not be indicated on the map.

Specific National Cooperative Soil Survey standards and procedures
were used in the classification of soils, design and name of map
units, and location of special soil features. These standards are
outlined in Agricultural Handbook 18, Soil Survey Manual, 1993,
USDA, SCS; Agricultural Handbook 436, Soil Taxonomy, Soil Survey
Staff, 1999, USDA, SCS; and all Amendments; Keys to Soil Taxonomy,
Soil Survey Staff, (current issue); National Soil Survey
Handbook, title 430-VI, (current issue).

The actual composition and interpretive purity of the map unit
delineations were based on data collected by scientists during
the course of preparing the soil maps. Adherence to National
Cooperative Soil Survey standards and procedures is based on
peer review, quality control, and quality assurance. Quality
control is outlined in the memorandum of understanding for the
soil survey area and in documents that reside with the Natural
Resources Conservation Service state soil scientist. Four kinds
of map units are used in soil surveys: consociations, complexes,
associations, and undifferentiated groups.

Consociations - Consociations are named for the dominant soil. In
a consociation, delineated areas are dominated by a single soil
taxon and similar soils. At least one half of the pedons in each
delineation are of the same soil component so similar to the
named soil that major interpretations are not affected
significantly. The total amount of dissimilar inclusions of
other components in a map unit generally does not exceed about
15 percent if limiting and 25 percent if nonlimiting. A single
component of a dissimilar limiting inclusion generally does not
exceed 10 percent if very contrasting.

Complexes and associations - Complexes and associations are named
for two or more dissimilar components with the dominant component
listed first. They occur in a regularly repeating pattern. The major
components of a complex cannot be mapped separately at a scale of
about 1:24,000. The major components of an association can be
separated at a scale of about 1:24,000. In each delineation of
either a complex or an association, each major component is normally
present, though their proportions may vary appreciably from one
delineation to another. The total amount of inclusions in a map unit
that are dissimilar to any of the major components does not exceed
15 percent if limiting and 25 percent if nonlimiting. A single kind
of dissimilar limiting inclusion usually does not exceed 10 percent.

Undifferentiated groups - Undifferentiated groups consist of two
or more components that do not always occur together in the same
delineation, but are included in the same named map unit because
use and management are the same or similar for common uses. Every
delineation has at least one of the major components and some may
have all of them. The same principles regarding proportion of
inclusions apply to undifferentiated groups as to consociations.

Minimum documentation consists of three complete soil profile
descriptions that are collected for each soil added to the legend,
one additional per 3,000 acres mapped; three 10 observation
transects for each map unit, one additional 10 point transect per
3,000 acres.

A defined standard or level of confidence in the interpretive
purity of the map unit delineations is attained by adjusting the
kind and intensity of field investigations. Field investigations
and data collection are carried out in sufficient detail to name
map units and to identify accurately and consistently areas of
about 5 acres.

Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: unknown
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Publication_Date: 2004
Title: National Soil Information System (NASIS) data base
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: unknown
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Fort Collins, Colorado
Publisher: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Type_of_Source_Media: database
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 0000
Ending_Date: 2004
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Source_Contribution: attribute (tabular) information
Process_Step:
Process_Description: The Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist or delegate, following the standards of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, described the physical and chemical properties of the soil map units delineated on the soil map. These data were entered into the National Soil Information System (NASIS) where they were reviewed and correlated.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Process_Date: 20041110
Process_Step:
Process_Description: The Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist or delegate, upon completion of data quality verification, determined that the tabular data should be released for official use. A selected set of map units and components in the soil survey legend was copied to a staging database, and rating values for selected interpretations were generated. The list of selected interpretations is stored in the database table named sainterp.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Process_Date: 20041110
Process_Step:
Process_Description: The Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist or delegate, upon completion of data quality verification, determined that the tabular data should be released for official use. A selected set of map units and components in the soil survey legend was copied to a staging database, and rating values for selected interpretations were generated. The list of selected interpretations is stored in the database table named sainterp.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Process_Date: 20051212
Process_Step:
Process_Description: The Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist or delegate, upon completion of data quality verification, determined that the tabular data should be released for official use. A selected set of map units and components in the soil survey legend was copied to a staging database, and rating values for selected interpretations were generated. The list of selected interpretations is stored in the database table named sainterp.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Process_Date: 20060714
Process_Step:
Process_Description: Soil scientists entered/edited data in NASIS for geomorphic description and selected chemical and physical properties. The Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist or delegate, upon completion of data quality verification, determined that the tabular data should be released for official use. A selected set of map units and components in the soil survey legend was copied to a staging database, and rating values for selected interpretations were generated. The list of selected interpretations is stored in the database table named sainterp.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Process_Date: 20061211
Process_Step:
Process_Description: The Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist or delegate, upon completion of data quality verification, determined that the tabular data should be released for official use. A selected set of map units and components in the soil survey legend was copied to a staging database, and rating values for selected interpretations were generated. The list of selected interpretations is stored in the database table named sainterp.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Process_Date: 20070111
Process_Step:
Process_Description: Depth to restrictive layer was entered/edited for some soils. Also, brief map unit descriptions were added to the data set. The Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist or delegate, upon completion of data quality verification, determined that the tabular data should be released for official use. A selected set of map units and components in the soil survey legend was copied to a staging database, and rating values for selected interpretations were generated. The list of selected interpretations is stored in the database table named sainterp.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Process_Date: 20070117
Process_Step:
Process_Description: The tabular data were extracted from the data mart without change.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: NASIS
Process_Date: 20070118

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
Map Unit Delineations are closed polygons that may be dominated
by a single soil or nonsoil component plus allowable similar or
dissimilar soils, or they can be geographic mixtures of groups
of soils or soils and nonsoil areas.

The map unit symbol uniquely identifies each closed delineation
map unit. Each symbol is linked to a map unit name. The map unit
symbol is also the key for linking information in the National Soil
Information System tables.

Map Unit Delineations are described by the National Soil
Information System database. This attribute database gives the
proportionate extent of the component soils and the properties for
each soil. The database contains both estimated and measured data
on the physical and chemical soil properties and soil
interpretations for engineering, water management, recreation,
agronomic, woodland, range, and wildlife uses of the soil.

The National Soil Information System database contains static
metadata. It documents the data structure and includes such
information as what tables, columns, indexes, and relationships
are defined as well as a variety of attributes of each of these
database objects.  Attributes include table and column
descriptions and detailed domain information.

The National Soil Information System database also contains a
distribution metadata. It records the criteria used for selecting
map units and components for inclusion in the set of distributed
data.

Special features are described in the feature table.  It includes a
feature label, feature name, and feature description for each
special and ad hoc feature in the survey area.

This tabular dataset was created by an export from the National Soil
Information System database.

Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1999. Soil Taxonomy: A basic system
of soil classification for making and interpreting soil surveys.
Soil Conserv. Serv., U.S. Dep. Agric. Handb. 436.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (current issue). Keys to Soil
Taxonomy.  Soil Surv. Staff, Soil Conserv. Serv.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. (current issue). National Soil
Survey Handbook, title 430-VI. Soil Surv. Staff, Natural Resources
Conservation Service.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1993. Soil Survey Manual.
Soil Surv. Staff, U.S. Dep. Agric. Handb. 18.


Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Cartography and Geospatial Center
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: P.O. Box 6567
City: Fort Worth
State_or_Province: Texas
Postal_Code: 76115
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 800 672 5559
Contact_TDD/TTY_Telephone: 202 720 2600
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 817 509 3469
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nrcs_data@ftw.nrcs.usda.gov
Resource_Description: Ulster County, New York Tabular
Distribution_Liability:
Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer
system at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, no warranty expressed
or implied is made by the Agency regarding the utility of the data
on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute
any such warranty. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will warrant
the delivery of this product in computer readable format, and will
offer appropriate adjustment of credit when the product is determined
unreadable by correctly adjusted computer input peripherals, or
when the physical medium is delivered in damaged condition. Request
for adjustment of credit must be made within 90 days from the date
of this shipment from the ordering site.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor any of its agencies are
liable for misuse of the data, for damage, for transmission of
viruses, or for computer contamination through the distribution of
these data sets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political
beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all
prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: ASCII
Format_Information_Content: keys and attributes
File_Decompression_Technique: WinZip or equivalent
Transfer_Size: 15.2
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Access_Instructions: Select desired survey area at above Internet Web site. An email address is required for receipt of instructions on retrieval via anonymous FTP. Anticipate a delay between submission of request at Web site and receipt of email message.
Fees: There is currently no direct charge for requesting data or for retrieval via FTP.
Ordering_Instructions: Visit the above mentioned Internet Web Site, select state or territory, then select individual soil survey area of interest. Spatial line data and locations of special feature symbols are in ESRI ArcGIS (ArcView,ArcInfo) shapefile, coverage and interchange (i.e., export) formats. The National Soil Information System attribute soil data are available in variable length, pipe delimited, ASCII file format.
Turnaround: Typically within four hours

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20070118
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Contact_Position: State Soil Scientist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Address: New York State Office
Address: The Galleries of Syracuse, 5th Floor, Suite 354
Address: 441 South Salina Street
City: Syracuse
State_or_Province: NY
Postal_Code: 13202
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 315-477-6521
Contact_TDD/TTY_Telephone: (202) 720-2600
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: steven.indrick@ny.usda.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998