GIS Legends to use with dbSEABED

These ESRI ArcView 3.x (*.avl) and ArcMap 9.x (*.lyr) legends are available for use with dbSEABED point, polygon and grid coverages, for properties, components and classifications.

Click on the URL to find a file and save it to your local folder. In dbSEABED, legends are usually stored inside the ..\_db9\_Legends folder.

The set here is only a minimum. dbSEABED are encouraged to submit additional legends to the collection. Legends for non-ESRI applications are also welcome. The set given here can be used as temlplates to begin other legends for more parameters or color schemes.

Across the collaboration a common livery for maps helps good communication with visuals. Thus: gravel-red, sand-yellow, mud - green, silt - greens, clay - blues; rock - purple;  carbonate blues, terrigenous - brown. Uncertainty mappings are usually rendered in grey or red-blue shades.

Naming Convention
The legend file names are formed as "parameter_topolSTEPvisual.filetype" as in: "Carbonate_pt20co.avl". The parts stand for:
  • Parameter (parameter_name)
  • Point, Grid, or Polygon data topologies (pt, gd, py)
  • Size of step in parameter value (e.g., 1, 20, N) (N stands for not regular)
  • Colour, or Size visual method of symbolizing (co, sz)
  • Filetype as in *.avl for ESRI ArcView 3.x (or importing to 9.x), and *.lyr for ESRI ArcGIS 9.x or 10.x .

Legends for Coded Data
Some legends represent coded data such as for Folk ('folk') codes and Dominance ('domnc', 'rgsm') codes.

(i) The Folk codes are rendered as [012][012][012], with the '012' options representing the [slightlyXly][Yly][Z] abundance classes (written as [(x)][y-ly][Z] in Folk encodings). The XYZ are   gravel (g,G), sand (s,S), or mud (m,M). Example Folk codes are '(s)mG', 'S', 'mS', '(g)M'. The places in the codes are reserved for the abundance classes. A maximum of 3 components is allowed. Folk codes refer only to the loose or soft sediments of a seafloor.
There is no general agreement on which classes are legitimate within the Folk scheme, and dbSEABED allows for all possibilities within this syntax.

(ii) The Dominance scheme provides an 'executive summary' type of display of the major bottom types rock, gravel, sand, mud. This display has proven very popular with fisheries and habitat projects.
It is encoded as [023][023][023][023] where [][][][] represent the rock, gravel, sand, mud fractions. The '023' options stand for subjugate (not mapped), dominant (>50%), and super-dominant (>66%) respectively. Example codes are: "0003", "0200" for mud super dominant, gravel sub-dominant. Note that places in the Domnc codes are reserved for the components rock, gravel, sand, mud. Only one component can be represented.

Because of the coded nature of these data, no naive math or interpolation operations should be done on the grids or on derived point data.

Download the Legend Files

Zipfile of all (place into _db9/_Legends)

GRIDDINGS (for file types *.ASC,LYR)
ArcView 3.x AVL legends     ArcGIS / ArcMap 9.x, 10.x LYR legends

ArcView 3.x AVL legends     ArcGIS / ArcMap 9.x, 10.x LYR legends

POINTS: COMPONENTS (for file types *_CMP)
ArcView 3.x AVL legends     ArcGIS / ArcMap 9.x, 10.x LYR legends

POLYGONS (for file types *_SHP)
ArcView 3.x AVL legends     ArcGIS / ArcMap 9.x, 10.x LYR legends
  • Carbonate_gd20co.avl, CarbTerrig_gd20co.avl, Carbonate_gd20co.lyr
  • Grainsize_gd2co.avl, Grainsize_gd2co.lyr
  • Gravel_gd20co.avl, Gravel_gd20co.lyr
  • lgShearStrength_gd1co.avl
  • Mud_gd20co.avl, Mud_gd20co.lyr
  • P-Velocity_gdNco.avl
  • Rock_gd20co.avl, RockMshp_gd20co.lyr
  • Sand_gd20co.avl, Sand_gd20co.lyr
  • Sorting_gd1co.avl, Sorting_gd1co.lyr
  • PointDens_gd2co.avl
  • Carbonate_pt20co.avl
  • Clay_pt20co.avl
  • ColourMunsell.avl, Munsell3.avl
  • FolkCCode_ptXco.avl
  • Folkcode_ptNco.avl
  • Grainsize_pt2co.avl
  • Gravel_pt20co.avl
  • MaxFaciesClass_ptNco.avl
  • Mud_pt20co.avl
  • OrgCarbon_ptNco.avl
  • P-Velocity_ptnco.avl, PwvVelocity_ptnco.avl
  • Porosity_pt20co.avl
  • RockMembership_pt20co.avl, RockMembership_pt20sz.avl
  • Sand_pt20co.avl
  • Sorting_pt1co.avl
  • Vegetation_pt20co.avl, Vegetation_pt20sz.avl
  • figge_ptco.avl, figge_ptco_v2.avl
  • lgCritShrStrs_pt1co.avl, lgShearStrength_pt1co.avl
  • pntdns_p2co.avl
  • uncert_pt2xco.avl, uncert_pt4xco.avl, uncert_pt5xco.avl, uncert_ptbco.avl
  • Coral_pt20sz.avl, Coral_pt20co, CoralDebris_pt20sz.avl
  • Shell_pt20sz.avl, ShellDebris_pt20sz.avl   
  • Corallnalg_pt20sz.avl, Halimeda_pt20sz.avl
  • Oysters_pt20sz.avl, Oysters_pt20co.lyr
  • Diatoms_pt20sz.avl, Radiolaria_pt20sz.avl   
  • Glauconite_pt20sz.avl   
  • Ripples_pt20sz.avl,
  • Burrowing_pt20sz.avl   
  • Weed_pt20sz.avl
  • Crb_py10co.avl, Crb_py10co.lyr
  • domnc_pyCco.avl, Rgsm_pycco.avl, Rgsm_pyCco.lyr, domnc_pyCco.lyr, rgsm_gdCco.lyr
  • folk_pyCco.avl, folkcode_pyXpa.avl, folkcode_pyXpa2.avl
  • Grz_py1co.avl, grzsd_py1co.avl, Grz_py1co.lyr
  • Gvl_py10co.avl, gvl_py20co.avl, Gvl_py10co.lyr
  • Mud_py10co.avl, mud_py20co.avl, Mud_py10co.lyr
  • Rck_py10co.avl, Rck_py10co.lyr
  • Snd_py10co.avl, Snd_py10co.lyr
  • Srt_py1co.avl, Srt_pyCco.shp.lyr
  • Uss_py1co.avl, Uss_py1co.lyr

Author: Chris Jenkins
Date: 16 July 2013
Location: Boulder

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