CRED Rapid Ecological Assessment of Benthic Habitat Cover in the Pacific Ocean 2005-2010Entry ID: CRED_Benthic_REA_LPI
Abstract: Abstract written by OBIS-USA using excerpts from CRED homepage.
Benthic habitat mapping and characterization is a fundamental component of ecosystem-based coral reef management because it integrates a variety of information to define the extent, nature and health of these ecosystems. Without accurate maps resource managers cannot make informed decisions.
When the Pacific Islands Fisheries ... Science Center established the Coral Reef Ecosystems Division (CRED) in 2001, the Center initiated a program to extend habitat mapping in the U.S. Pacific Islands into deeper water that cannot be readily mapped using satellite and aerial techniques. Since that time NOAA Fisheries has led the effort to map these deeper reefs using ship-based acoustic mapping systems, coupled with video and still-camera observations. These sonar and optical data are combined with the IKONOS-based data products and oceanographic information to provide integrated products that describe the benthic habitats of the Pacific Islands.
Purpose: The mission of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division is to provide sound science to enable informed and effective implementation of ecosystem-based management and conservation strategies for coral reef ecosystems of the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands Region. To accomplish this mission, the Division leads an integrated, interdisciplinary program of ecosystem assessment and long-term monitoring, ... benthic habitat mapping, and applied research on the coral reef ecosystems of 50 primary islands and atolls in the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Mariana Archipelago (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA). The Division's work supports NOAA and other agencies in meeting mandates of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and various executive orders issued to ensure conservation and protection of the nation's coral reef ecosystems.
Record Count 85948, Taxa Count 341
CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: ground condition
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Island Fisheries Sciences Center, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Dataset Title: CRED Rapid Ecological Assessment of Benthic Habitat Cover in the Pacific Ocean 2005-2010
Dataset Release Date: 2011
Dataset Release Place: Honolulu, HI
Dataset Publisher: Coral Reef Ecosystem Division
Data Presentation Form: database
Other Citation Details: Retrieve from http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa
Start Date: 2005-10-03Stop Date: 2010-11-04
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > CORAL REEFS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > CNIDARIANS > ANTHOZOANS/HEXACORALS > HARD OR STONY CORALS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > CNIDARIANS > ANTHOZOANS/HEXACORALS > SEA ANEMONES
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC HABITAT
Quality HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: Coordinates were determined using GPS and are accurate to 100 meters.
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Data Set Progress
Distribution Format: Text
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-06-09
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-01-31