National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico

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Benthic survey data provided in this collection of data sets were gathered around Puerto Rico as part of NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)-led missions in collaboration with various partners. These partners include the University of Puerto Rico, HJR Reefscaping, Ecoelectrica, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales), the University of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This benthic data collection for the ongoing National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) consists of two survey types: the Line Point-Intercept (LPI) method and the Coral Demographic method. The LPI method provides a measure of percent cover of biotic and abiotic components of the benthos in a stratified random sampling design in hardbottom and coral reef habitats. LPI surveys are concurrent with and along the same transect as fish surveys. The coral demographics protocol provides more detailed and species-specific insight (‘signal magnitude’) for coral populations than is provided by percent cover.
  • Cite as: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2018). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5PG1Q23 [access date]
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Time Period 20140519 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 18.519091
S: 17.867048
E: -65.228901
W: -67.949417
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Publication Dates
  • publication: 2018-03-07
  • revision: 2018-07-20
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Accession 0151729, 0174524
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.
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2018). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5PG1Q23 [access date]
Cited Authors
Principal Investigators
  • Randy Clark
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (NCCOS/CCMA)
Contributors
Resource Providers
Points of Contact
  • Sarah Hile
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (NCCOS/CCMA)
Publishers
Acknowledgments
  • Related Funding Agency: US DOC; NOAA; NOS; Coral Reef Conservation Program (Coral Reef Conservation Program - CRCP)
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 > Benthos Analysis > Transect Monitoring > Linear Transect (point)
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Coral Colony Size and Condition
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 and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
  • 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 Types > Field Observation
  • NCCOS Research Data Types > Long-term Monitoring
  • NCCOS Research Priorities > Marine Spatial Ecology
  • NCCOS Research Topics > Ecological and Biological Characterization
  • Research Data Types > Field Observation
  • Research Priorities > Long-term Monitoring
  • Research Topics > Ecological/Biological Characterization
  • Research Topics > Habitat Mapping
  • Research Topics > Monitoring
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/NMFS > National Marine Fisheries Service, 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
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • VISUAL OBSERVATIONS
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
NCCOS Location Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Locations > Regions > Caribbean Sea
  • NCCOS Research Locations > U.S. States and Territories > Puerto Rico
NCCOS Research Location Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Locations > Geographic Area > Coral Reefs
  • NCCOS Research Locations > Regions > Caribbean Sea
  • NCCOS Research Locations > U.S. States and Territories > Puerto Rico
Submitter Provided Place Keywords
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Puerto Rico
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 743
  • National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
  • National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP)
Submitter Projects
  • NCCOS Project #180 National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Implementation: Biological and Socioeconomic Monitoring
Submitter Provided Project Keywords
  • NCCOS Project No.180: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Implementation: Biological and Socioeconomic Monitoring
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Submitter Provided Stratum Keywords
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2018). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V5PG1Q23 [access date]
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Processing Steps
  • 2016-05-31T21:36:14 - NCEI Accession 0151729 v1.1 was published.
  • 2016-08-19T14:01:33 - NCEI Accession 0151729 was revised and v2.2 was published.
  • 2018-07-20T20:22:47 - NCEI Accession 0174524 v1.1 was published.
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Instrument
  • swimmer/diver
  • visual observation
Last Modified: 2018-08-20T13:51:47
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