Changes in growth, vitality, and habitat value of Acropora cervicornis in the US Caribbean

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Changes in growth, vitality, and habitat value of Acropora cervicornis in the US Caribbean
Abstract:
The project was planned to document the habitat value of Acropora cervicornis, staghorn coral, colonies or stands/thickets as they changed in configuration through growth and disturbance. Research addressed environmental condition and productivity of A. cervicornis by investigating variations over time in health, vitality, and growth and use as habitat for reef fishes, including disturbances by human or natural events.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory; Ronald L. Hill, PhD, Unpublished material, Changes in growth, vitality, and habitat value of Acropora cervicornis in the US Caribbean.

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -67.68
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.57
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.54
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17.80
    Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
    The study sites range from St. John, USVI westward to Mona Island, off the west coast of Puerto Rico

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning_Date: 2005
    Ending_Date: 2010
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000045. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000045. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees.

      The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is Geodetic Reference System 80.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257.

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

  8. What biological taxa does this data set concern?

    Taxonomy:
    Keywords/Taxon:
    Taxonomic_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
    Taxonomic_Keywords: Cnidaria
    Taxonomic_Keywords: coral
    Taxonomic_Keywords: fish
    Taxonomic_Keywords: sponges
    General_Taxonomic_Coverage: Identified to species or the lowest practicable taxa.
    Taxonomic_Classification:
    Taxon_Rank_Name: Kingdom
    Taxon_Rank_Value: Animalia
    Taxonomic_Classification:
    Taxon_Rank_Name: Phylum
    Taxon_Rank_Value: Cnidaria
    Taxonomic_Classification:
    Taxon_Rank_Name: Class
    Taxon_Rank_Value: Anthozoa
    Taxonomic_Classification:
    Taxon_Rank_Name: Order
    Taxon_Rank_Value: Scleractinia
    Taxonomic_Classification:
    Taxon_Rank_Name: Family
    Taxon_Rank_Value: Acroporidae
    Taxonomic_Classification:
    Taxon_Rank_Name: Genus
    Taxon_Rank_Value: Acropora
    Taxonomic_Classification:
    Taxon_Rank_Name: Genus and Species
    Taxon_Rank_Value: Acropora cervicornis
    Applicable_Common_Name: staghorn coral


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Ronald L. Hill, PhD
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
    NOAA/NMFS
    Galveston, TX 77551
    USA

    409-766-3519 (voice)
    409-766-3520 (FAX)
    ron.hill@noaa.gov


Why was the data set created?

Data are intended to elucidate the relationship between colony configuration and fish assemblages to foster understanding of ecological services provided by the branching coral and guide manager's decisions and restoration activities. Data include 1) reef fish assemblage measures (i.e., abundance, individual sizes, and identification to the lowest taxonomic level possible) and 2) colony measures of size, coverage, growth, mortality, and indications of stress (e.g., presence of disease or predation).


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: Not complete (process 1 of 1)
    We placed permanent transects in sites that seemed to be in different stages of growth or decline to monitor changes in coral growth and vitality and changes in associated fish assemblages. Environmental data, e.g., nutrient loading, water quality, are being collected, both in situ and remotely with NOAA satellite products, to correlate with observed changes in colony growth and vitality.

    Person who carried out this activity:

    Ronald L. Hill, PhD
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
    NOAA/NMFS
    Galveston, TX 77551
    USA

    409-766-3519 (voice)
    409-766-3520 (FAX)
    ron.hill@noaa.gov

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    Unknown

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    Unknown


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints:
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Galveston Laboratory Fishery Ecology Branch compiled this data set in order to develop a scientific basis for understanding coral reef ecosystem dynamics and for refining essential fish habitat designation for future amendments to fishery management plans. NMFS is not responsible for any uses of these data sets beyond those for which they were intended, and NMFS makes no claims regarding the accuracy of any data provided by agencies or individuals outside NMFS. NMFS does not approve, recommend, or endorse any proprietary product or proprietary material mentioned in these files. Dataset credit requested and NMFS would appreciate recognition as the resource from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these data.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Ronald L. Hill, PhD
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
    NOAA/NMFS
    Galveston, TX 77551
    USA

    409-766-3519 (voice)
    409-766-3520 (FAX)
    ron.hill@noaa.gov

  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Offline Data

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 26-Sep-2014
Metadata author:
Ronald L. Hill, PhD
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
NOAA/NMFS
Galveston, TX 77551
USA

409-766-3519 (voice)
409-766-3520 (FAX)
ron.hill@noaa.gov

Metadata standard:
FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001.1-1999)


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