NCCOS Assessment: Benthic Habitat Map for the Insular Shelf South of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (NCEI Accession 0170098)

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The dataset describes the spatial distribution of benthic habitats on the insular shelf south of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. These benthic habitats include: (1) Coral Reef Colonized with Live Coral, (2) Pavement Colonized with Live Coral, (3) Rhodoliths with Macroalgae, (4) Rhodoliths with Macroalgae and Bare Sand, and (5) Bare Sand. These habitats were translated into the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) scheme. NCCOS developed these spatially resolved maps using environmental predictors, underwater videos/photos and mathematical modeling techniques. The overall thematic accuracy for this map is 85.8% (corrected for proportional bias).
  • Cite as: Costa, Bryan; Kracker, Laura; Battista, Tim; Sautter, Will; Mabrouk, Ayman; Edwards, Kimberly; Taylor, Chris; Ebert, Erik (2018). NCCOS Assessment: Benthic Habitat Map for the Insular Shelf South of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (NCEI Accession 0170098). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5930RFV [access date]
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Time Period 2004-01-01 to 2017-09-30
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 18.313243
S: 18.11361
E: -64.642701
W: -65.269529
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2018-01-24
Edition 1.1
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: B163R8
Purpose The insular shelf south of St. Thomas and St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), is an expansive geomorphologic feature with extensive mesophotic coral reefs occurring at 30 to 150 meter depths. These mesophotic reefs are part of a broader coral reef community in the U.S. Caribbean that provide a wide range of ecosystem goods and services estimated to provide $187 million per year (in 2007 US dollars) to local communities. While these reefs provide great economic value to local communities, they are increasingly under threat from multiple human-caused stressors, making it critical for the USVI and Puerto Rico jurisdictions to find ways to preserve and sustainably manage them. Ideally, the first step in any marine management process is to comprehensively map and inventory the location of coral reef resources. The geographic information system (GIS) layers and products provided in this report represent the first complete habitat map for the insular shelf south of St. Thomas and St. John. These products also represent the culmination of an extensive seafloor mapping campaign conducted by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in collaboration with regional partners. Products from this assessment will support coastal and ocean management efforts by other territorial and federal agencies working in the U.S. Caribbean.
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Costa, Bryan; Kracker, Laura; Battista, Tim; Sautter, Will; Mabrouk, Ayman; Edwards, Kimberly; Taylor, Chris; Ebert, Erik (2018). NCCOS Assessment: Benthic Habitat Map for the Insular Shelf South of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (NCEI Accession 0170098). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5930RFV [access date]
Cited Authors
  • Costa, Bryan
  • Kracker, Laura
  • Battista, Tim
  • Sautter, Will
  • Mabrouk, Ayman
  • Edwards, Kimberly
  • Taylor, Chris
  • Ebert, Erik
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Acknowledgments
  • Related Funding Agency: US DOC; NOAA; NOS; Coral Reef Conservation Program
  • Related Funding Agency: US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Geographic Information > Habitats
  • Numeric Data Sets > Benthic
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Benthic Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > In Situ Biological
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Mapping > Habitat Mapping
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Remote Sensing > Satellite (digital scans) > Multispectral Analysis
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Hard Seafloor Substrate
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Rugosity
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Slope
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Water Depth
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > BATHYMETRY
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Reef > Coral Reef
  • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomorphic Landforms/Processes > Coastal Landforms > Coral Reefs
NCCOS Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Derived Data Product
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Geospatial
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Model
  • NCCOS Research Priority > Marine Spatial Ecology
  • NCCOS Research Topic > Habitat Mapping
Submitter Keywords
  • Benthic Habitat Type
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/NCCOS > National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOI/NPS > National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • DOI/USGS > U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • SHIPS
Submitter Platform Keywords
  • CrewZen II
  • R/V Tiki
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • AVHRR > Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
  • ECHO SOUNDERS
  • MODIS > Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Culebra Island (18N065W0011)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Vieques > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. John > St. John (18N064W0011)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > U. S. Virgin Islands > U. S. Virgin Islands (17N064W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Culebra Island (18N065W0011)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Vieques Island > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Leeward Islands > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Lesser Antilles > U. S. Virgin Islands (17N064W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. John (18N064W0011)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
  • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Puerto Rico
  • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands
NCCOS Place Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Location > Region > Caribbean Sea
  • NCCOS Research Location > U.S. States and Territories > Puerto Rico
  • NCCOS Research Location > U.S. States and Territories > U.S. Virgin Islands
Submitter Places
  • Grammanik Bank Marine Conservation District
  • Hind Bank Marine Conservation District
  • Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
  • Virgin Passage
Project keywords CoRIS Project
  • 30081
  • 463
  • Developing A Benthic Habitat Map for the South Eastern Puerto Rican Shelf
  • Mapping Essential Fish Habitat in the US Caribbean to inform MPA management
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Costa, Bryan; Kracker, Laura; Battista, Tim; Sautter, Will; Mabrouk, Ayman; Edwards, Kimberly; Taylor, Chris; Ebert, Erik (2018). NCCOS Assessment: Benthic Habitat Map for the Insular Shelf South of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (NCEI Accession 0170098). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5930RFV [access date]
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  • 2018-01-24T16:25:32 - NCEI Accession 0170098 v1.1 was published.
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  • Parameter or Variable: Benthic Habitat Type (calculated); Units: n/a; Observation Category: model output; Sampling Instrument: Models/Analyses > Data Analysis > Environmental Modeling; Sampling and Analyzing Method: The dataset describes the spatial distribution of benthic habitats on the insular shelf south of St. Thomas and St. John. These habitats include: (1) ‘Coral Reef Colonized with Live Coral’, (2) ‘Pavement Colonized with Live Coral’, (3) ‘Rhodoliths with Macroalgae’, (4) ‘Rhodoliths with Macroalgae and Bare Sand’, and (5) ‘Bare Sand’. The performance and thematic accuracy of these products were evaluated using an independent set of underwater videos (n=348). The overall thematic accuracy for this map is 85.8% (corrected for proportional bias). For a complete description of the processing and analytical methods see Costa et al. 2017.; Data Quality Method: These benthic habitat map products were reviewed by subject matter experts in the U.S. Caribbean. The thematic accuracy of this benthic habitat map was also assessed using an independent dataset. For a complete description of the processing and analytical methods see Costa et al. 2017..
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • acoustic sensor
  • AVHRR
  • echo sounder
  • MODIS
Platform
  • NANCY FOSTER
Last Modified: 2018-05-08T02:34:29
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