Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas

Offshore Conditions

Navigable Waterway Routes

This dataset is part of the National Transportation Atlas Database and was created on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Data Center to enable assessments of waterway infrastructure, national and international movement of commodities, and other geospatial analyses. The waterway line features in the database may represent actual shipping lanes or hypothetical routes between points where no shipping lanes exist. U.S. waterway types are classified as harbors and bays, intracoastal waterways, sea lanes with and without separation zones, open water routes, rivers, creeks, thoroughfares, lakes, estuaries, channels, canals, Great Lakes direct and indirect links, and Corps of Engineers locks. Waterways can also be identified by their functional class: deep or shallow draft waterways, or both, special vessel waterways (fishing, pleasure craft, etc.) and non-traffic or non-navigable waterways. Also included with this dataset is the waterway nodes GIS, which may represent actual physical features such as river confluences, ports and facilities, intermodal terminals, U.S.A.C.E. nodes, or may simply be points used to create route geometries.

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Navigable Waterway Routes Atlas Dataset

Shipping and Navigation

Map depicting the shipping fairways, submarine cables, and wrecks and obstructions for the Gulf of Mexico.

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Shipping and Navigation Atlas Dataset

Oil and Gas Structures

Location of drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico as of July 2011.

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Oil and Gas Structures Atlas Dataset

Oil and Gas Pipelines

Pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico which include oil, gas and H2S (oil and gas). This includes proposed, active, and out of service as of July 2011.

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Oil and Gas Pipelines Atlas Dataset

Borrow Sites

Coastal restoration, beach nourishment, and levee reconstruction are crucial to mitigate future coastal erosion, land loss, flooding, and storm damage in the Gulf of Mexico. The success of that long-term effort depends on locating and securing significant quantities of OCS sediment resources that are compatible with the target environments being restored. Offshore sand resources, like upland sources, are extremely scarce where most needed. Additionally, vast areas of these relatively small offshore sand resources are not extractable because of the presence of oil and gas infrastructure, archaeologically sensitive areas, and biologically sensitive areas.

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Borrow Sites Atlas Dataset

Shipping Density - Commercial Vessels - 2010

These data were generated to provide insight into traffic patterns on a macro scale so that they could be analyzed across the coastal waters of the Continental United States. For this dataset, a transit is counted for each unique vessel intersecting a 1 kilometer square grid cell each day. This data represents the total number of vessel transits from October 2009 to October 2010. There were some grid cells which could not be processed, but we do not believe this interferes with the integrity of this dataset. Please note multiple connection errors occurred during the time frame of this study. Where possible, data gaps were filled by requests to the Coast Guard or other organizations that received the same data feed. However, due to resource constraints, uninterrupted coverage was not obtained. Overall data outages were minimal, on the order of less than a day per month. Because the outages were random and affected all areas uniformly, they do not have a significant effect on the integrity of the data. Also, as stated on the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) website: AIS data is not representative of all vessel traffic, and USCG NAIS receivers do not fully cover the entire extent of this study area. Please take time to understand both of these limitations.

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Shipping Density Atlas Dataset