Support for Macroalgal Ecology and Taxonomic Assessment for Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program Sites, 2000-2003 in the Hawaiian Islands (NODC Accession 0001481)

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What does this data set describe?

Support for Macroalgal Ecology and Taxonomic Assessment for Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program Sites, 2000-2003 in the Hawaiian Islands (NODC Accession 0001481)
The role that marine algae play in a coral reef system is often overlooked because of lack of knowledge that they are the primary producers in the system. The coral reef ecosystem in Hawaii contains about ten times more algal species than coral species, some of them regulating space that permits coral recruitment. This study took place during 2000-2003 at 71 sites for a total of 90dives (each dive a unique day) on 7 of the major islands in Hawaii. Most sites correspond to either Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) or West Hawaii Aquarium Project (WHAP) locations, for which extensive monitoring of the coral and fish ecosystems have been undertaken from 1999-2004. This data set replaces and updates NODC Accession 0000884, with many new sites added.
NOAA Supplemental:Entry_ID: Unknown Sensor_Name: SCUBA, collection bags Source_Name: manual Project_Campaign: Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Originating_Center: University of Hawaii, Dept. of Botany Storage_Medium: MS Excel Online_size: 162 kbytes

Resource Description: NODC Accession Number 0001481

  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Dr. Isabella Abbott, principal investigator, Dr. Celia Smith, co-principal investigator, Mr. Ryan Okano, graduate student, and Ms. Jennifer E. Smith, graduate student, Unpublished material, Support for Macroalgal Ecology and Taxonomic Assessment for Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program Sites, 2000-2003 in the Hawaiian Islands (NODC Accession 0001481).

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -159.727
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -154.817
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 22.226
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 19.075

  3. What does it look like?

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

    Beginning_Date: 27-Dec-1999
    Ending_Date: 30-Jun-2003
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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  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?

    Files:HCRI-Report-1abc.xls MS ExcelSpreadsheetHCRI-Report-1abc.csv copy as ASCII CSV formMS Excel spreadsheet with self-explanatory columns.Related Datasets in NOAA archiveNODC Accession Number Dataset0000757 CRAMP 1999-2000 Coral data0000758 CRAMP 1999-2000 Fish data0000513 CRAMP 1999 Coral data set 0000757 replaces set 00005130000671 CRAMP video images 19990000728 CRAMP video images 20000000884 TEAM 2000-2002 data (this dataset replaces this set)0000879 C.Smith, algal and coral species abundance on Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii
    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?

    Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative University of Hawaii, Dept. of Botany

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

    Dr. Celia Smith
    University of Hawaii, Department of Botany
    3190 Maile Way, St. John 614A
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

    (808)956-6947 (voice)

Why was the data set created?

(1) To understand better the role that marine algae play in a coral reef systems of Hawaii. (2) To generate an algal species list for each transect line, site and island (3) Collect voucher specimens of all species encountered including alien species, rare species new records and/or new species (4) To classify benthic habitat based on algal community structure (5) To estimate abundance and percent cover of various algal functional forms and species on transect lines.

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: Unknown (process 1 of 1)
    PROTOCOL: Species List and Voucher Specimens During the benthic surveys, the algal team member will swim transects and collect samples of as many macroalgal species aspossible. A 1 meter band on either side of the transect line will be surveyed and assessed. The first time that a diver encounters an alga on a transect line it will be collected and placed in a bag and as much collection information as possible will be noted. For all subsequent encounters the diver notes on his/her data sheet that the alga was seen again. Any and all rare or unknown species will be collected. If the divers have time at the end of a transect line they swim around and look for any other species that they may have missed. All samples collected in these surveys will be deposited as voucher specimens at the Bishop Museum's phycological collection. Quantitative Algal Assessment As an integral component of the REA teams at least one algal diver will quantify and assess the benthic community. On each of the two 50 m transects that will be surveyed at each site five random points along each transect will be selected. At each of these locations, the point intercept method is used to estimate percent cover in 10 randomly placed quadrats along two 50 meter transect lines. These quadrat are 1/4 m2 in size and a total of 20 intersections are assessed per quadrat to quantify the benthic community. This data will be then be used to develop a quantitative algal database for the state of Hawaii and will be used in conjunction with other types of data (i.e.Fish Communities)to conduct multivariate community analyses.

    Person who carried out this activity:

    Dr. Celia Smith
    University of Hawaii, Department of Botany
    3190 Maile Way, St. John 614A
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

    (808)956-6947 (voice)

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

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  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
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

    301-713-3277 (voice)
    301-713-3302 (FAX)

    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.

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Who wrote the metadata?

Last modified: 24-Jan-2017
Last Reviewed: 01-Aug-2005
To be reviewed: 01-Aug-2006
Metadata author:
Mr. Patrick C. Caldwell
Hawaii/US Pacific Liaison
1000 Pope Road, MSB 316
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

(808)-956-4105 (voice)
(808) 956-2352 (FAX)

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

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