Resource Description: NODC Accession #0000501
Members of the CARICOMP Network: 1) Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - Department of the Environment; 2) Bonaire, N.A. - Bonaire Marine Park; 3) Barbados - Bellairs Research Institute; 4) Parque Nacional del Este, Dominican Republic - Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo; 5) Turneffe Islands Atoll, Belize - University College of Belize, Marine Research Centre; 6) Carrie Bow Cay, Belize - Smithsonian Institution; 7) Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago, Cuba - Instituto de Oceanologia, Institute of Ecology and Systematics; 8) Parque Nacional, Morrocoy, Venezuela - Universidad Simon Bolivar; 9) Bahia de Chengue, Parque Nacional Tayrona, Colombia - Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras; 10) Discovery Bay, Jamaica - University of the West Indies, Centre for Marine Sciences; 11) Tobago - Institiute of Marine Affairs; 12) San Salvador, Bahamas - Bahamian Field Station; 13) Great Corn Island, Nicaragua - Universidad Centroamericana; 14) Bermuda - Bermuda Biological Station for Research; 15) Isla de Providencia Y San Andres, Colombia - Corporacion para el Desarrollo Sostenible del Archipelago de San Andres; 16) Saba, N.A. - Saba Marine Park; 17) La Parguera, Puerto Rico - University of Puerto Rico; 18) Puerto Morelos, Mexico - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia; 19) Isla de Margarita, Venezuela - EDIMAR Fundacion La Salle de Ciencia; 20) Curacao, N.A. - Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity, Unpublished material, Caribbean Coral Reef, Seagrass and Mangrove Sites (CARICOMP), (NODC Accession 0000501).
CARICOMP Network Institutions
CARICOMP is a unified, long-term, Caribbean-wide initiative to identify the factors responsible for sustaining mangrove wetland, seagrass meadow, and coral reef productivity, to examine the interaction between these systems, and to determine the role of terrestrial and oceanic influences on them. The principal goals of the program are to determine the dominant influences on coastal productivity, to monitor for ecosystem change, and ultimately to discriminate human disturbance from long-term natural variation in coastal systems over the range of their distribution.
A detailed methodology description for each site was not submitted with this data set. Using line transects, hard and soft coral, urchin, algae, and sponge abundance were recorded, as well as substrate type. All observations were placed in categories, such as encrusting corals, fleshy algae, or bare rubble. When known, species was recorded. In addition to raw data tables, numerous queries are available in the original MS Access file. These include: percent cover by mass, hard corals, algae, abiotic, sponges, category, gorgonian total by transect, and other pertinent categories. A detailed description of each reef site is also provided. A species list is provided, but not all species were observed during the study. Only those species identified during the surveys are included in this metadata record.
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|Data format:||Descriptions of studies, species lists, and data tables from participating CARICOMP institutions. in format .MDB (version Microsoft Access 97) Microsoft Access 97 or compatible|
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