CRED Towed-Diver Benthic Characterization Survey at Baker, Pacific Remote Island Areas in 2012


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Metadata Language: eng; USA
: utf8
Resource Type: Dataset
Responsible Party:
Organisation Name: Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Role: Point Of Contact
Contact Info:
Voice: 808 725-5360
Fax: 808 725-5429
Delivery Point: NOAA IRC
City: Honolulu
Administrative Area: HI
Postal Code: 96818
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: nmfs.pic.credinfo@noaa.gov
Metadata Date: 2018-06-20
Metadata Standard Name: ISO 19115-2 Geographic Information - Metadata - Part 2: Extensions for Imagery and Gridded Data
Metadata Standard Version: ISO 19115-2:2009(E)
Data Identification
Abstract: To support NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) long-term goals for sustainable management and conservation of coral reef ecosystems, towed-diver surveys (aka. towboard surveys) were conducted by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) as part of the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP) Cruises. 10 towboard surveys (19.77 km in length), were conducted at Baker during the Pacific Remote Island Areas RAMP Cruise HA1201 from 20120227 to 20120325. Towboard surveys are a good method for obtaining a general description of large reef areas, assessing the status of low-density populations of large-bodied reef fish, large-scale disturbances (e.g., bleaching), general distribution and abundance patterns of macro-invertebrates (e.g., Crown of Thorns sea stars, giant clams), and for assessing trends in these populations and metrics. A pair of scuba divers (1 fish and 1 benthic diver) are towed 60 m behind a small survey launch at a speed of 1-2 knots and a depth of approximately 15 m. Each survey is 50 min long, covers about 2 km of habitat, and is divided into ten 5-minute survey segments. The fish diver records, to the lowest possible taxon, all large-bodied reef fishes (greater than 50 cm total length) seen within 5 m either side and 10 m in front of the towboard. Length of each individual is estimated to the nearest cm. The fish towboard is also outfitted with a forward-facing digital video camera to record the survey swath. The benthic diver records percent cover of coral and macroalgae, estimates benthic habitat type and complexity, and censuses a suite of benthic macroinvertebrates including Crown of Thorns sea stars and sea urchins. The benthic towboard is equipped with a downward-facing digital still camera which images the benthos at 15-second intervals. These images are analyzed for percent cover of coral, algae, and other benthic components. Both towboards are equipped with SEABIRD SBE-39 temperature/depth sensors set to record at 5-second intervals. Latitude and longitude of each survey track is recorded at 5-second intervals using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver onboard the tow boat. A layback algorithm is applied to more accurately map the position of the divers with respect to the reef environment. This algorithm calculates the position of the divers based on the position of the tow boat taking into account the length of the tow rope, the depth of the divers, and the curvature of the survey track. This metadata applies to the benthic characterization observations.
Purpose: Part of a long-term monitoring program which documents the state of the reefs.
Language: eng; USA
Citation:
Title: CRED Towed-Diver Benthic Characterization Survey at Baker, Pacific Remote Island Areas in 2012
Date:
Date: 2012-07-23
Date Type: Publication Date
Organisation Name: Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Role: Originator
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Contact Info:
Online Resource: https://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/cred/towboard.php
Point Of Contact:
Organisation Name: Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Role: Point Of Contact
Contact Info:
Voice: 808 725-5360
Fax: 808 725-5429
Delivery Point: NOAA IRC
City: Honolulu
Administrative Area: HI
Postal Code: 96818
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: nmfs.pic.credinfo@noaa.gov
Topic Category: Biology and Ecology
Keyword Collection:
Keyword: CoRIS_Metadata
Associated Thesaurus: NCEI Geoportal Filter
Keyword: Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Monitoring coral reef ecosystems of the US Pacific Islands and Atolls
Keyword: 587
Associated Thesaurus: CRCP Project
Keyword: Marine Ecosystem
Keyword: Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP)
Keyword: Towed Diver Surveys
Keyword: Coral Reef
Keyword: Benthic Habitat
Keyword: Pacific Remote Island Areas
Keyword: Baker
Keyword: HA1201
Associated Thesaurus: None
Keyword: Numeric Data Sets > Biology
Associated Thesaurus: CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral reef ecology
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral reef ecology > Habitats
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Benthic Habitat
Associated Thesaurus: CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
Keyword: Pacific Remote Island Areas
Keyword: Baker
Associated Thesaurus: None
Spatial Extent:
West Bounding Longitude: -176.48900406
East Bounding Longitude: -176.45735614
North Bounding Latitude: 0.20601806
South Bounding Latitude: 0.18612961
Constraints: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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Other Constraints: Use Constraints: Please cite CRED when using data. Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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Classification: unclassified
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Distribution
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Format Name: xls (Microsoft Excel worksheet) or csv (comma-separated values)
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Distributor Contact:
Organisation Name: Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Position Name: Data Manager
Role: Distributor
Contact Info:
Voice: 808 725-5360
Fax: 808 725-5429
Delivery Point: NOAA IRC
City: Honolulu
Administrative Area: HI
Postal Code: 96818
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: nmfs.pic.credinfo@noaa.gov
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Scope: Dataset