Schumacher, Brett, author.
Identifying coral reef resilience potential in Tutuila, American Samoa based on NOAA coral reef monitoring data / Brett D. Schumacher, Bernardo Vargas-Angel, Scott F. Heron.
1 online resource (16 pages) : color illustrations, color maps.
PIFSC special publication ; SP-18-003
Project ID 31065; Project Title: Identifying coral reef resilience potential in American Samoa based on CRED coral reef monitoring data
Project ID 31186; Project Title: NCRMP Data, Reports, and Information Products for Management.
"Scientists have identified eleven factors that affect the resilience of coral reefs, or the ability of reefs to resist environmental stress and recover when they have been impacted (McClanahan et al., 2012). The publication of this framework generated interest among resource managers in American Samoa for analysis of the resilience potential of coral reefs there. The present project was initiated in response to their request for such an analysis. We used quantifiable metrics associated with eleven factors to assess the resilience potential of reefs around Tutuila and Aunu'u Islands (Table 1). All metrics were derived using existing data sets. Data from Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) surveys conducted by the Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD) of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) were used to evaluate most resilience factors, and external data sources were used to inform factors that were not directly measured by the ESD (Table 1). A core concept of the resilience analysis process is that scores are considered relative to zones within the region of interest: Tutuila and Aunu'u in the present project. Scores should therefore be interpreted as a means of comparison within the study but are not absolute measures of resilience potential to compare against other coral reefs"--Page 4.
Includes bibliographical reference (pages 13-14).
Marine resources conservation American Samoa.
Corals Health Monitoring American Samoa.
Coral reef conservation American Samoa.
Coral reefs and islands Monitoring American Samoa.
Coral reef ecology Estimates American Samoa.
Vargas-Angel, Bernardo, 1965- author.
Heron, Scott Fraser, author.
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (U.S.), publisher.
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PIFSC special publication ; SP-18-003.
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