National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from 2018-06-11 to 2018-06-14 (NCEI Accession 0208241)

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The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) assessed coral reef communities in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) in the Gulf of Mexico using two benthic surveys: the Benthic Assessment (BA) and the Coral Demographic method. Both Benthic Assessment and Coral Demographic surveys are concurrent.
Benthic Assessment provides benthic cover estimates for ecologically important cover types/groups (e.g., macroalgae, turf algae, crustose coralline algae, corals, sponges, sand/sediment, etc.) using a 1-stage stratified random survey design in hardbottom and coral reef habitats less than 30m in depth. The goals of these surveys are to provide: (1) a quantification of percent cover of biotic and abiotic benthic components using a line point-intercept (LPI) method; (2) information on topographic complexity (substratum rugosity) of the survey locations (3) quantitative information on local commercially and ecologically-important macroinvertebrates (Caribbean spiny lobster [Panulirus argus], queen conch [Lobatus gigas], long-spined sea urchin [Diadema antillarum]); and (4) presence-absence information for ESA-listed Threatened corals.
The goal of the coral demographic surveys is to collect and report information on species composition, density, size, abundance, and specific parameters of condition (% live vs. dead, bleaching, disease) of non-juvenile scleractinian corals (>4 cm maximum diameter), and of overall species diversity (all corals) using 10m x 1m belt transects in a stratified random sampling design in hardbottom and coral reef habitats less than 30m in depth.
Three datasets are provided under the Benthic Assessment and coral demographic protocols, and are distributed as one compiled package: (1) analysis ready benthic cover dataset, (2) analysis ready coral demographic dataset, and (3) analysis ready invertebrates/ESA dataset. The methodologies used for this survey can be found in the Benthic Assessment and Coral Demographic protocols. All datasets contain data fields on general station information (e.g., survey strata, depth, rugosity). Each of these data tables contain additional survey-specific data fields. For complete information and descriptions of attributes and data fields for all data tables, refer to the data dictionaries.
  • Cite as: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2020). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from 2018-06-11 to 2018-06-14 (NCEI Accession 0208241). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0208241. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 2018-06-11 to 2018-06-14
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 27.9069
S: 27.8727
E: -93.5965
W: -93.8226
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Publication Dates
  • publication: 2020-01-14
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
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: 7JMLUC
Purpose The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) details a long-term approach to provide an ecosystem perspective via monitoring climate, fish, benthic, and socioeconomic variables in a consistent and integrated manner. The NCRMP is intended to coordinate various Coral Reef Conservation Coral Reef Program (CRCP) biological, physical, and human dimensions activities into a cohesive NOAA-wide effort. Through the implementation of the NCRMP, NOAA will be able to clearly and concisely communicate results of national-scale monitoring to national, state, and territorial policy makers, resource managers, and the public on a periodic basis. NCRMP is a framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climate, and socioeconomic indicators at 10 priority coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. This integrated approach will consolidate monitoring of coral reefs under a uniform method in the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. NCRMP is funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and supported by NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and many other partners. NCCOS is co-leading biological monitoring missions with NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) to gather data on fish populations and coral reef communities in the U.S. Caribbean, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico. Each year, our scientists work closely with CRCP and local partners to collect biological data from thousands of strategically selected sites. We then use innovative analysis techniques to develop products that give fellow scientists, managers, decision makers and the public a better understanding of a region’s resources and how they are changing over time. The biological component of NCRMP provides a biennial ecological characterization at a broad spatial scale of general reef condition for reef fishes, corals and benthic habitat (i.e., fish species composition/density/size, benthic cover, and coral density/size/condition). Data collection occurs at stratified random sites where the sampling domain for each region is partitioned by habitat type and depth, sub-regional location (e.g., along-shelf position) and management zone. Data provided in this dataset are from East Bank and West Bank within FGBNMS. Lead agencies involved include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) with partnership support from the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), Moody Gardens, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
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  • Cite as: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2020). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from 2018-06-11 to 2018-06-14 (NCEI Accession 0208241). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0208241. Accessed [date].
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  • 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
  • Numeric Data Sets > Benthic
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat > Description
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > ESA Listed Species
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Coral Colony Size and Condition
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment > Benthos analysis > Transect monitoring > Linear transect (point)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords NCCOS Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Data Types > Field Observation
  • NCCOS Research Data Types > Long-term Monitoring
  • NCCOS Research Priorities > Marine Spatial Ecology
  • NCCOS Research Topics > Ecological and Biological Characterization
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords SeaDataNet Ship and Platform Codes
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Texas > East Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Texas > West Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Gulf of Mexico > Flower Garden Banks > East Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Gulf of Mexico > Flower Garden Banks > West Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0002)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords NCCOS Location Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Locations > Regions > Gulf of Mexico
Provider Place Names
  • Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS)
  • Gulf of Mexico
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 743
  • National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Provider Project Names
  • NCCOS Project #180 National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Implementation: Biological and Socioeconomic Monitoring
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Stratum Keywords
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
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  • Cite as: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2020). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from 2018-06-11 to 2018-06-14 (NCEI Accession 0208241). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0208241. Accessed [date].
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  • 2020-01-14T21:44:27Z - NCEI Accession 0208241 v1.1 was published.
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  • Parameter or Variable: BENTHIC SPECIES - TAXA COUNTS (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Benthic taxa enumerated using Benthic Assessment Protocols for the U.S. Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico (2018).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs..
  • Parameter or Variable: CORAL - SPECIES IDENTIFICATION (measured); Units: presence; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Presence/absence of ESA-listed and potential ESA coral species using Benthic Assessment Protocols for the U.S. Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico (2018).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs..
  • Parameter or Variable: BENTHIC SPECIES (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Abundance of Diadema antillarum, Panulirus argus, and Lobatus gigas species using Benthic Assessment Protocols for the U.S. Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico (2018).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs..
  • Parameter or Variable: CORAL (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Coral colony counts, measurements and condition recorded using Coral Demographic Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (2018).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs..
  • Parameter or Variable: CORAL - CENSUS (measured); Units: colony; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: ruler; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Coral colony counts, measurements and condition recorded using Coral Demographic Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (2018).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs..
  • Parameter or Variable: REEF AND/OR BOTTOM REGIME - RUGOSITY (measured); Units: n/a; Observation Category: other; Sampling Instrument: ruler; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Rugosity and topographic complexity variable was recorded using Benthic Assessment Protocols for the U.S. Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico (2018).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs..
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Instrument
  • swimmer/diver
  • visual observation
Platform
  • MV Fling
Last Modified: 2020-03-02T02:07:06Z
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