Thank you for your interest in the Biogeography Branch's ecosystem characterization activities. This website provides a text report, georeferenced mosaics of aerial photographs, and benthic and land cover maps of the Salt River National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. The DVD format operates similarly to a CD-ROM but allows more data to be included. Below can be found ordering information, general operating instructions for viewing the DVD's contents, using and accessing the associated data and maps, and obtaining additional information regarding this project. The information on this DVD is offered in HTML format, so Internet browsing software is necessary for viewing the DVD (see Software Installation and Requirements below for details).

How to Order:

You can order a copy of the DVD by using our internet order form. Click here to fill out the order form. DVD's are available at no cost. Once order requests are received, DVD 's will be packaged and distributed in 1-2 weeks. Hard copy of the text report is not available, but may be printed directly from the DVD.

Software Installation and Requirements:

To receive the full benefit of this DVD, a number of different software packages are necessary. The following options are available:

Internet Browsing Software:

The information on this DVD is provided in HTML format, so Internet browsing software is necessary for viewing the DVD text. Many computer operating systems come with Internet browsing software included. There are several locations on the Internet where you can download the most current version of a free browser. Two of those sites are listed here:

Microsoft Internet Explorer Web site located at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.asp.

Netscape Communicator Web site located at http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/download.jsp.

To start the DVD:

  1. Insert the DVD into your DVD drive.
  2. Open your browser software and pull down the File Menu in the upper left corner.
    • In Microsoft Internet Explorer, select Open, and use the Browse button to point to your DVD drive. Click on the welcome.html file to select it, click Open, then OK.
    • In Netscape Communicator, select Open Page, and use the Choose File button to point to your DVD drive. Click on the welcome.html file to select it, click Open, then OK.

ArcView® GIS

For those users with ESRI GIS software installed on their computers, there are shapefiles included on this DVD. The user may utilize a variety of software to view the imagery mosaics, including ENVI, PCI, ArcGIS or ArcView 3.1® or higher.

Adobe® Acrobat PDF Reader®

The text report and some maps are offered in portable document format (PDF) and are located in the Report and Maps sections of the DVD respectively. Adobe Acrobat Reader is free software that allows you to view, navigate within, and print PDF files across major computing platforms. The PDF documents on this DVD are best viewed using Adobe® Acrobat Reader® version 4.0 or higher. To learn more about Adobe Acrobat Reader or to download the software, visit the Adobe Home Page.

WinZip Software

To allow us to include a large amount of data on the DVD, many of the data sets have been compressed using WinZip®. This software package is available on the Internet at this site: http://www.winzip.com/.


Kendall, M.S., L.T. Takata, O. Jensen, Z. Hillis-Starr, and M.E. Monaco. 2005. An Ecological Characterization of Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, U.S. Virgin Islands. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 14, 116 pp.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) produced this DVD. The NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch does not guarantee the accuracy of the geographic features or attributes. Please see the metadata records for each data set for complete information on the source, limitations, and proper use.

Technical Assistance:

NOAA National Ocean Service
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Biogeography Program
1305 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 713-3028
Fax: (301) 713-4388