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Identifier sites
Short name Sites
Dataset CDDA
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Name Sites Data
Short Description The table contains the information on the individual designated areas at national level.
Definition Information on the site records for each designation type creating "sites" (the field "CDDA sites" in the Designations table must be set to "Yes")
Methodology for obtaining data Geographical co-ordinates:
The geographical co-ordinates can be stored in two different ways: decimal degrees (LAT, LON) or degrees, minutes and seconds in separate fields (LAT_NS, LATDEG, LATMIN, LATSEC, LON_EW, LONDEG, LONMIN, LONSEC). You are free to choose whatever system is easier for you.

Any point within the boundary of the designated area is considered to be correct. In the case of "multi-polygon" areas, expert judgement should provide the best location of the central point, usually within the largest sub-area, but always within site boundaries.

The use of GIS data to fill those fields is highly recommended, especially for countries that have already boundary information in a GIS format available.


Element name Datatype Element type
* EIONET institute (EIONET_INSTITUTE) string Quantitative
* Longitude degrees (LONDEG) integer Quantitative
* Latitude seconds (LATSEC) integer Quantitative
* Longitude minutes (LONMIN) integer Quantitative
* Notes (NOTES) string Quantitative
* Latitude minutes (LATMIN) integer Quantitative
* Site name (AREANAME) string Quantitative
* SITE_CODE (SITE_CODE)   (FK) integer Quantitative
* Longitude EW (LON_EW) string Quantitative
* Latitude NS (LAT_NS) string Quantitative
* Longitude seconds (LONSEC) integer Quantitative
* EIONET change type (EIONET_CHNG_TYPE) string Fixed values
* National designation type code (DESIG_ABBR)   (FK) string Quantitative
* National Site Code (SITE_CODE_NAT) string Quantitative
* Parent ISO code (PARENT_ISO) string Quantitative
* Year (YEAR) string Quantitative
* EIONET change date (EIONET_CHNG_DATE) date Quantitative
* Longitude (LON) decimal Quantitative
* ISO3 code (ISO3) string Quantitative
* EIONET edited by (EIONET_EDITED_BY) string Quantitative
* Latitude degrees (LATDEG) integer Quantitative
* Size (SIZE) decimal Quantitative
* Latitude (LAT) decimal Quantitative
* Altitude maximum (ALTITUDE_MAX) integer Quantitative
* To be deleted (To_be_deleted) string Fixed values
* Altitude minimum (ALTITUDE_MIN) integer Quantitative
* Administrative Region Code (NUTS) string Quantitative
* IUCN category (IUCNCAT) string Fixed values
(an asterisk in front of element name indicates that the element is mandatory in this table)