NCCOS Habitat Assessment and Monitoring Photographs, St. John, USVI , (2001 - Present)


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Metadata Language: eng; USA
: utf8
Resource Type: Dataset
Responsible Party:
Organisation Name: NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Team
Position Name: Tropical Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Project Manager
Role: Point Of Contact
Contact Info:
Voice: 301-713-3028
Delivery Point: 1305 East-West Hwy. (SSMC4, N/SCI-1)
City: Silver Spring
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: chris.caldow@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: The habitat photo database provides anecdotal and permanent visual descriptions of benthic organisms, benthic habitat composition, substrate complexity, and other unique features of the sites sampled during this mutlifaceted effort described below. The intent of this work is five fold: 1) To spatially characterize and monitor the distribution, abundance, and size of both reef fishes and macro-invertebrate (conch, lobster, Diadema); 2) To relate this information to in-situ data collected on water quality and associated habitat parameters; 3) To use this information to establish the knowledge base necessary for enacting management decisions in a spatial setting; 4) To establish the efficacy of those management decisions; and 5) To work with the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program to develop data collection standards and easily implemented methodologies for transference to other agencies and to work toward standardizing data collection throughout the US states and territories. Toward this end, the Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment's Biogeography Team (BT) has has been conducting research in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands since 2000 and 2001, respectively. It is critical, with recent changes in management at both locations (e.g. implementation of MPAs) as well as proposed changes (e.g. zoning to manage multiple human uses) that action is taken now to accurately describe and characterize the fish/macro-invertebrate populations in these areas. It is also important that BT work closely with the individuals responsible for recommending and implementing these management strategies. Recognizing this, BT has been collaborating with partners at the University of Puerto Rico, National Park Service, US Geological Survey and the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources. To quantify patterns of spatial distribution and make meaningful interpretations, we must first have knowledge of the underlying variables determining species distribution. The basis for this work therefore, is the nearshore benthic habitats maps (less than 100 ft depth) created by NOAA's Biogeography Program in 2001 and NOS' bathymetry models. Using ArcView GIS software, the digitized habitat maps are stratified to select sampling stations. Sites are randomly selected within these strata to ensure coverage of the entire study region and not just a particular reef or seagrass area. At each site, fish, macro-invertebrates, and associated water quality and habitat information is then quantified following standardized protocols. By relating the data collected in the field back to the habitat maps and bathymetric models, BT is able to model and map species level and community level information. These protocols are standardized throughout the US Caribbean to enable quantification and comparison of reef fish abundance and distribution trends between locations. Armed with the knowledge of where "hot spots" of species richness and diversity are likely to occur in the seascape, the BT is in a unique position to answer questions about the efficacy of marine zoning strategies (e.g. placement of no fishing, anchoring, or snorkeling locations), and what locations are most suitable for establishing MPAs. Knowledge of the current status of fish/macro-invertebrate communities coupled with longer term monitoring will enable evaluation of management efficacy, thus it is essential to future management actions.
Purpose: 1) To spatially characterize and monitor the distribution, abundance, and size of both reef fishes and macro-invertebrate (conch, lobster, Diadema); 2) To relate this information to in-situ data collected on water quality and associated habitat parameters; 3) To use this information to establish the knowledge base necessary for enacting management decisions in a spatial setting; 4) To establish the efficacy of those management decisions; and 5) To work with the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program to develop data collection standards and easily implemented methodologies for transference to other agencies and to work toward standardizing data collection throughout the US states and territories.
Language: eng; USA
Citation:
Title: NCCOS Habitat Assessment and Monitoring Photographs, St. John, USVI , (2001 - Present)
Date:
Date: 2001-07-01
Date Type: Publication Date
Organisation Name: NOAA's Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
Role: Publisher
Contact Info:
City: Silver Spring
Administrative Area: MD
Organisation Name: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)/National Ocean Service (NOS)/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)/Center for Coastal Ocean Science (CCMA)/Biogeography Team
Role: Originator
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Contact Info:
Online Resource: http://www8.nos.noaa.gov/biogeo_public/query_main.aspx
Point Of Contact:
Organisation Name: NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Team
Position Name: Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Project Manager
Role: Point Of Contact
Contact Info:
Voice: 301-713-3028
Delivery Point: 1305 East-West Hwy. (SSMC4, N/SCI-1)
City: Silver Spring
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: chris.caldow@noaa.gov
Topic Category: Biology and Ecology
Keyword Collection:
Keyword: CoRIS_Metadata
Associated Thesaurus: NCEI Geoportal Filter
Keyword: Visual Images > Habitats
Associated Thesaurus: CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Sponges
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Habitats
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Plants > Seagrass > Monitoring
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Species Richness
Associated Thesaurus: CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
Keyword: Fishes
Keyword: Sponges
Keyword: Gorgonians
Associated Thesaurus: None
Keyword: COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. John > St. John (18N064W0011)
Keyword: OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. John (18N064W0011)
Associated Thesaurus: CoRIS Place Thesaurus
Spatial Extent:
West Bounding Longitude: -64.84
East Bounding Longitude: -64.66
North Bounding Latitude: 18.38
South Bounding Latitude: 18.23
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Other Constraints: Use Constraints: Please reference NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Team when utilizing this data in a report or peer reviewed publication. Additionally, knowledge of how this dataset has been of use and which organizations are utilizing it is of great benefit for ensuring this information continues to meet the needs of the management and research communities. Therefore, it is requested but not mandatory, that any user of this data supply this information to the Program Manager: Chris Caldow (email: chris.caldow@noaa.gov).
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Distribution
Distribution Format:
Format Name: tab delimited text file
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URL: http://www8.nos.noaa.gov/biogeo_public/habitat_photos.aspx
Distributor:
Distributor Contact:
Organisation Name: NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Team
Position Name: Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Database Manager
Role: Distributor
Contact Info:
Voice: 301-713-3028
Delivery Point: 1305 East-West Hwy. (SSMC4, N/SCI-1)
City: Silver Spring
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: tom.mcgrath@noaa.gov
Quality
Scope: Dataset