Groundtruthing Notes and Miscellaneous Biological Datasets from Coral Ecosystems Surveys from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Rapid Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program of 2000-2002 (NODC Accession 0001448)

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Groundtruthing Notes and Miscellaneous Biological Datasets from Coral Ecosystems Surveys from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Rapid Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program of 2000-2002 (NODC Accession 0001448)
Abstract:
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (NOWRAMP) began in 2000 with the mission to rapidly evaluate and map the shallow water reef habitats in the NWHI. Utilizing two research vessels Rapture and R/V Townsend Cromwell, researchers spent 30 days at sea visiting each of the ten major islands, atolls and reefs in the remote region of the Hawaiian archipelago. This dataset is a small subset from these cruises. It includes spreadsheet data files on habitats, coral cores, coral species, substrate types, and substrate type percent bottom cover. A descriptive document is also included which was the basis for groundtruthing images from remote sensing. These descriptions give a wide range of information on coral and reef fish species abundance and distribution.
Supplemental_Information:
NOAA Supplemental: :Entry_ID: Unknown: Sensor_Name: SCUBA; Project_Campaign: Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative; Project_Campaign: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Rapid Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program; Originating_Center: UCSC; Storage_Medium: MS Excel, MS Word; Online_size: 949 Kbytes

Resource Description: NODC Accession Number 0001448

  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Dr. Donald C. Potts, UCSC, Ms. Daria Siciliano, UCSC, Dr. James Maragos, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Dr. David Gulko, Hawaii State Div. of Lands and Nat. Resources., Unpublished material, Groundtruthing Notes and Miscellaneous Biological Datasets from Coral Ecosystems Surveys from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Rapid Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program of 2000-2002 (NODC Accession 0001448).

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -178.37817
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -161.91921
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 28.45942
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 23.0567

  3. What does it look like?

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

    Beginning_Date: 20-Sep-2000
    Ending_Date: 07-Oct-2002
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: database

  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?

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    1) Directory ../../data Filename format comment2001Cores_record.xls MS Excel Date, Location, Specimen, Depth, GPS, Notes2001Cores_record.csv ascii redundant copy 2002coresancolonies_record.xls MS Excel Site, Position, Habitat, Depth, Species2002coresancolonies_record.csv ascii redundant copyKure2000_01surveys.xls MS Excel Site, Position, Geography, Depth, Substrate Cover, Species, NotesKure2000_01surveys.csv ascii redundant copyNWHIgroundtruthing2.doc MS Word Site by Site Survey DescriptionNWHIgroundtruthing2.txt ascii redundant copy
    Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: none


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?

    University of California Santa Cruz;Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative;US Fish and Wildlife Service;Hawaii State Div. of Lands and Nat. Resources;NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service;NOAA National Ocean Service;Bishop Museum;University of Hawaii;Oceanic Institute

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

    Donald Potts
    University of California Santa Cruz
    Researcher
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    Santa Cruz, CA 95064
    USA

    (831) 459-4417 (voice)
    potts@biology.ucsc.edu


Why was the data set created?

Map and evaluate the shallow water reef habitats of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

    Maragos and Gulko, 2002 (source 1 of 1)
    Maragos, J., and Gulko, D., 2002, Coral Reef Ecosystems of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: Interim Results Emphasizing the 2000 Surveys: Hawaii Division of Lands and Natural Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Type_of_Source_Media: paper
    Source_Contribution: coral reef survey

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

    Date: Unknown (process 1 of 1)
    Rapid Ecological Assessments (REA)To maximize the comparability and coverage of field surveys, all REA teams used the same survey procedures, and were deployed over as wide an area as possible. Towboard Team - Towboards allowed trained divers to census and classify habitats over extensive reef areas quickly (about 3 km per dive). These results were then used to select the best areas for intensive benthic and fish assessments by the REA Teams. These surveys are also being used to ground truth the remote sensing imagery. Each towboard team consisted of two divers with separate boards towed behind the same boat. A ditital video camcorder was affixed to each board with one pointing down (90 degrees) and the other point at at a forward angle (20 degrees) to capture a broader spectrum of habitat and substrate information. Divers maintained the cameras 1 meter above the bottom. Each towboard was equipped with paired lasers to project a scale onto the video. Water temperature, depth, and GPS data were recorded continuously during each towboard survey.Fish Team - Each fish team consisted of three divers with two swimming three 25 m long transects per dive. During the deployment leg of the transect, both divers recorded size class-specific counts of all fishes greater than 20 cm within 2 m on each side of the line, while small and cryptic fish (i.e., less than 20 cm) were enumerated by size class during the "swim back" leg. The third diver of the fish team completed four stationary point counts, each within a cylinder having a radius of 10 m, to estimate size and abundance of larger (greater than 25 cm in length) and more mobile fish. This diver also used video to capture "natural" fish assemblages and size information using the attached lasers. Upon completion of the transect surveys, teams swam randomly over the reef to record rare species. Benthic Team - The benthic team surveyed the first two of the fish team's transects to estimate corals, other invertebrates, and algae, but first waited at least 10 minutes to avoid disturbing the fish surveys. The coral expert on each benthic (bottom habitat) team would initially videotape the substrate along each of the first two transects at a height of about 1 m above the center of each line. Later, the algal, invertebrate, and coral experts would swim the lines to record species and collect specimens, additional video, and photographs. All three would then conduct rangom swims near the end of each dive to record other rare species.

    Person who carried out this activity:

    Daria Siciliano
    University of California Santa Cruz
    graduate student
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    Santa Cruz, CA 95064
    USA

    (808)847-8256 (voice)
    daria@biology.ucsc.edu

    Data sources used in this process:
    • Maragos, J. and D. Gulko (eds), 2002. Coral Reef Ecosystems of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: Interim Results Emphasizing the 2000 Surveys. Hawaii Division of Lands and Natural Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Honolulu, Hawaii. 46 pp.

  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?

    none

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

    see Lineage - Process Step


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:
NOAA and NODC 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)

    NOAA/NESDIS/National Oceanographic Data Center
    Attn: Data Access Group, User Services Team
    SSMC-3 Fourth Floor
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
    USA

    301-713-3277 (voice)
    301-713-3302 (FAX)
    services@nodc.noaa.gov

    Hours_of_Service: 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Downloadable Data

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    NOAA makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NODC cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data, nor as a result of the failure of these data to function on a particular system.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 20-Dec-2012
Last Reviewed: 19-Sep-2005
Metadata author:
Mr. Patrick C. Caldwell
NOAA/NESDIS/NODC/NCDDC
Hawaii/US Pacific Liaison
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Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
USA

(808)-956-4105 (voice)
(808) 956-2352 (FAX)
caldwell@hawaii.edu

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Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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