Octocoral Species Richness for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from 1999-2009 (NODC Accession 0123059)

Metadata Updated: February 27, 2019

The dataset includes species richness of benthic branching and encrusting gorgonians collected from multiple habitat types across the south Florida shelf, inside and outside of the no-take management zones, and throughout the Florida Keys from south of Miami to the Dry Tortugas, from 1999 through 2009. The data set documents the branching and encrusting gorgonian species richness and changes over time of benthic coral reef organisms in the region. The data were collected during synoptic broad-scale surveys of coral reef and hard-bottom habitats that were stratified into sub-regions or along-shelf positions (e.g., Biscayne, Upper, Lower and Middle Keys, and the Dry Tortugas), resource management zones (e.g., FKNMS no-take zones and reference areas, and National Parks), and various habitat types (e.g., patch reefs, low relief hard-bottom, high-relief spur and groove, etc.). A 200m x 200m polygon grid was used to overlay onto existing bathymetry and benthic habitat maps of the study area, and a two-stage stratified random design was used to select sites for sampling from various strata combinations of cross-shelf habitat type, along-shelf position (i.e. region), and management zone (Ault et al. 2006, Smith et al. 2011). At each 200-m x 200-m site, four 15-m transects were deployed for data collection. More information on the individual projects from which data were compiled for this dataset is located online at http://people.uncw.edu/millers/index.htm.

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Metadata Date June 20, 2018
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2014 (publication)
Frequency Of Update continual

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Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date June 20, 2018
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2014 (publication)
Responsible Party NOAA-NCCOS (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: This dataset was derived from benthic survey information developed my Miller et al, at Nova Southeastern University. It is recommended that potential users contact the data source rather than applying this dataset., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long -80.174725
Bbox North Lat 25.361130
Bbox South Lat 24.388132
Bbox West Long -83.122262
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update continual
Harvest Object Id b14411ac-1a04-4046-9fc6-7fae061948d0
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1999-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2009-01-01

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