Digital Still Transect Images from the Hawaii Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) Maui 2006 (NODC Accession 0039627)

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What does this data set describe?

Digital Still Transect Images from the Hawaii Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) Maui 2006 (NODC Accession 0039627)
This dataset consists of digital still transect images (JPG files) from CRAMP surveys taken on Maui in 2006 at 8 sites, some of which had multiple depths. Surveys typically consist of shallow (~3m) and deep (~10m) lines. Digital images are important for future researchers to resolve any question about how the image data were interpreted for the quantitative database, to provide the opportunity to re-analyze the images using other methods, and to return to the same locations for future comparisons.

In a separate NODC Accession, text data files are given of the substrate types and coverages as derived objectively from photographic images using PhotoGrid, a software package which analyzes random points on images of coral reefs and substrate.

Entry_ID Unknown Sensor_Name digital camera Source_Name SCUBA Project_Campaign: Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) Originating_Center Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Storage_Medium JPEG images Reference None Online_size: 7.5 gigabytes

SITE LAT LONG ISLAND SITE CODE NAME MaHoN08m 21 00.923 156 38.343 8.00 Maui Honolua North MaHoS03m 21 00.831 156 38.380 3.00 Maui Honolua South MaKah03m 20 56.257 156 41.595 3.00 Maui Kahekili MaKah07m 20 56.274 156 41.623 7.00 Maui Kahekili MaKaP03m 20 36.089 156 26.214 3.00 Maui Kanehena Pt. MaKaP10m 20 36.070 156 26.280 10.00 Maui Kanehena Pt. MaKaB01m 20 37.049 156 26.241 1.00 Maui Kanehena Bay MaKaB03m 20 37.015 156 26.301 3.00 Maui Kanehena Bay MaMaa03m 20 47.378 156 30.607 3.00 Maui Maalaea MaMaa05m 20 47.332 156 30.596 5.00 Maui Maalaea MaMol08m 20 37.889 156 29.795 8.00 Maui Molokini MaMol13m 20 37.940 156 29.783 13.00 Maui Molokini MaOlo03m 20 48.505 156 36.693 3.00 Maui Olowalu MaOlo10m 20 48.363 156 36.733 10.00 Maui Olowalu MaPua03m 20 51.369 156 40.033 3.00 Maui Puamana MaPua10m 20 51.322 156 40.111 10.00 Maui Puamana

Resource Description: NODC Accession Number 0039627

  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Dr. Paul Jokiel Dr. Kuulei Rodgers Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Department Of Oceanography School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology University Of Hawaii, and Mr. Eric Brown National Park Service, Unknown, Digital Still Transect Images from the Hawaii Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) Maui 2006 (NODC Accession 0039627).

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -156.6937167
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -156.4369
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 21.015383
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 20.631483

  3. What does it look like?

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

    Beginning_Date: 22-Jun-2006
    Ending_Date: 12-Dec-2006
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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

  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?

    Original data received as JPEG files. Directory tree is as follows: data/ 0-data/ this denotes original files/directories as received by NODC CD01/ Files from CDROM 1 CD02/ Files from CDROM 1

    Under each CDxx directory.... 06"site-name"/ site name such as Honolua (06 is the year) transect_site _name/ example, 06MaHoNO8m See table above to match site with directory. transect_site _name_depth.xxxx/ data directory where xxxx refers to: SI=selected Images to analyze with PhotoGrid Mosaic=All images photoed PANS=Four images taken at the beginning of the transect at 0, 180, 240, and 360 degrees. QUAD=Photoquads, 10 taken at each site to determine growth and mortality of individual colonies Unused=images not used in the analyses

    transect_site_name_transect_number/ finally, data files sorted by transect number (from 1 to 10)

    #FILENAMES: filename convention: site_code+tt+fff.tif

    where site_code: (see #SAMPLING STATIONS: above in documentation) (2-digit year + 2-char island + 3-char site + 3-char depth) tt: transect number (2 digits) and fff: frame number (3 digits)

    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?

    Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative, National Ocean Service, United States Geological Survey, State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources, Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Coastal Program, Limahuli National Botanical Garden, Save Our Seas

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

    Dr. Paul Jokiel
    Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology University of Hawaii
    Principal Investigator
    P.O. Box 1346
    Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

    808-236-7440 (voice)

Why was the data set created?

geographic areas and to monitor change at each given site.

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)
    Digital Image Transect Method:

    1. Field Recording

    Data are taken using a digital waterproof cameras. 20 digital images are taken on each of the 10 transects of each line, or 200 per survey.

    The photographer follows the following procedure: While on the surface, the diver photographs the landmark "line-ups" used to locate the site. These serve to identify the tape if there is any question of proper labeling. Also, the images can be subsequently printed and laminated for use when relocating the site. In many cases the use of landmarks is faster and more convenient than using the GPS position to relocate the transect site. The diver then goes to the bottom and videotapes a full 360 degree panorama of the site as part of the permanent image record. The diver proceeds to the start of the first 10 m transect and records the transect number on the video through use of hand signals in front of the camera (number of fingers representing transect no.). The photographer then moves slowly (4 min per transect) along the 10 m transect while filming the bottom at a distance of 0.5 m. Initially a rod attached to the camera was used to insure proper distance from the bottom. This has been replaced with two small underwater lasers that cross at 0.5 m, allowing the photographer to hold the distance constant by keeping an overlap on the two red laser dots. Each of the 10 transects along the 100 m spine line is recorded in this manner.

    Brown, E, E Cox, B Tissot, K Rodgers, and W Smith (1999). Evaluation of benthic sampling methods considered for the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (CRAMP) in Hawaii. International Conference on Scientific Aspects of Coral Reef Assessment, Monitoring, and Restoration. April 14-16, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

    Connell, J H, T P Hughes, C C Wallace (1997). A 30-year study of coral abundance, recruitment, and disturbance at several scales in space and time. Ecol. Mono. 67(4): 461-488.

    Friedlander, Alan and Parrish, James 1998. Habitat characteristics affecting fish assemblages on a Hawaiian coral reef. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 224: 1-30.

    Green, R H and S R Smith (1997). Sample program design and environmental impact assessment on coral reef. Proc 8th International Coral Reef Symposium. 2: 1459-1464.

    McCormick, Mark 1994. Comparison of field methods for measuring surface topography and their associations with a tropical reef fish assemblage. Marine Ecology Progress Series 112: 87-96.

    Person who carried out this activity:

    Dr. Paul Jokiel
    Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology University of Hawaii
    Principal Investigator
    P.O. Box 1346
    Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

    808-236-7440 (voice)

  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?

    The 2006 surveys were 100% complete

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

    see 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: Dataset credit required

  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, NESDIS, NODC and NCDDC 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?

Last modified: 24-Jan-2017
Last Reviewed: 23-Mar-2009
Metadata author:
Mr. Patrick C. Caldwell
Hawaii/US Pacific Liaison
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Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

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

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