U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Wild Fish Health Survey Database
NWFHS KML File Metadata
  • Description:
  • Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is a spatial file format developed for use with Keyhole Earth Viewer, now known as Google Earth. KML is recognized as an open standard for geobrowsers by the Open Geospatial Consortium.

    KML definition from Wikipedia:

    KML is an XML-based language schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization on Internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers.

  • Attribute Descriptions:
    • Search Options: The search criteria used to generate the data file is included. Only the fields included in the search criteria are listed in data file. This data is contained in the description element of the KML document.
    • Start: All data collected on or after this date is included.
    • End: All data collected on or before this date is included.
    • Pathogen: The pathogen searched for.
    • Species: The family,genus, or species search for.
    • Waterbody: Waterbody or geographic feature name associated with sample site.
    • State: State containing the sample site.
    • Partner Agency: Agency associated with sample site.
    • Map Bounds: The map bounding box coordinates used to filter the sample sites.
    • Column Descriptions: The following data are included in the description for each placemark in the KML file.
    • Lab: USFWS Fish Health Center responsible for managing the case.
    • Case Number: Unique identifier assigned to each case by managing Fish Health Center
    • Partner Agency: Primary Organization collaborating on case, usually assisting with sample collection
    • Partner Agency2: Subunit of primary Partner Agency
    • Collection Date: Date of sample collection
    • Date Received: Date samples were received by the Fish Health Center
    • Date Completed: Date case was completed
    • Waterbody: Name of the geographic feature sampled as designated by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names
    • Site Name: Sample site identifier(name) assigned at the time of sample collection
    • Site Description: Supplemental description of the sample site
    • GNIS ID: Permanent, unique feature record identifier assigned to the sampled geographic feature by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names
    • Latitude: The latitude of the sample site
    • Longitude: The longitude of the sample site
    • Datum: The geodetic reference system used to determine the latitude and longitude of the sample site
    • Water Temp(C): Sample site water temperature in degrees Celsius at the time of collection
    • Elevation(m): The elevation of the sample site in meters
    • State Name: Name of the state where sample site is located
    • County: Name of the county in which sample site is located
    • HUC (Watershed): 8-digit hydrologic unit code (HUC) of the watershed that contains the sample site location
    • HUC name: Name associated with the 8-digit hydrologic unit code (HUC)