Downloadable DataBenthic Surveys in Vatia, American Samoa since 2015: benthic images collected during belt transect surveys in 2015
Jurisdictional managers have expressed concerns that nutrients from the village of Vatia, Tutuila, American Samoa, are having an adverse effect on the coral reef ecosystem in Vatia Bay. Excess nutrient loads promote increases in algal growth that can have...
Downloadable DataBenthic cover derived from photo transects in Vatia, American Samoa from 2015-11-02 to 2015-11-12 (NCEI Accession 0169726)
Metadata Thumbnail The benthic cover data described here were generated from the quantitative analysis of photoquadrat benthic images using image analysis software, whereby random points are projected on each image and the benthic elements falling directly underneath each p...
Downloadable DataBenthic Surveys in Vatia, American Samoa: comprehensive assessment of coral demography (adult and juvenile corals) from belt transect surveys between 2015-11-02 and 2015-11-12 (NCEI Accession 0165016)
Metadata Thumbnail Jurisdictional managers have expressed concerns that nutrients from the village of Vatia, Tutuila, American Samoa, are having an adverse effect on the adjacent coral reef ecosystem. Excess nutrient loads promote increases in algal growth that can have del...
ResourceVatia Climate Resiliency Perspective
"Vatia village is located on the north shore of Tutuila Island in American Samoa. It has an estimated population of 640 people (Census 2010). The village is concerned about the impending climate change impacts on their community and resources. Sea-level r...
Downloadable DataNCCOS Assessment: Water Quality Data to Assess Eutrophication Effects on Coral Ecosystem Health in Vatia Bay, American Samoa from 2015-05-13 to 2018-08-28 (NCEI Accession 0208020)
Metadata Thumbnail This dataset represents three years of water quality data collected in Vatia Bay, American Samoa. A standard suite of nutrient parameters (nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, urea, total nitrogen, orthophosphate, total phosphorus and silica), as well as tracers o...
ResourceExcess Nutrients in Vatia Bay, American Samoa: Spatiotemporal Variability, Source Identification and Impact on Coral Reef Ecosystems
This study articulated the spatiotemporal variability in nutrient concentrations in Vatia Bay. Results showed that while the magnitude of nutrient pollution is similar to the island as a whole, it exceeds the territorial water quality standards for embaym...
ResourceStatus and Trends Assessment of Benthic Coral Reef Communities in Vatia Bay, American Samoa, 2015–2020
This report provides a summary of key findings for work completed in 2015 and 2020 to assess the status and trends of the benthic coral reef communities in Vatia Bay, American Samoa. Collectively, these data offer a contrast between the 2015 baseline asse...
ResourceLand-based pollution impacting coral reefs in Vatia Bay
The coral reef in Vatia Bay, American Samoa, is in peril. Recently, staff from NOAA's Coral Reef Ecosystem Program conducted underwater surveys to document the status of coral communities by measuring percent coral cover and coral demographics at 18 sites...
ResourceEutrophication Impacts on Coral Ecosystem Health in Vatia, American Samoa
Jurisdictional managers have expressed concerns that nutrients from the village of Vatia are having an adverse effect on the coral reef ecosystem in the bay. Excess nutrient loads promote increases in algal growth which can have deleterious effects on co...
ResourceBaseline surveys for coral reef community structure and demographics in Vatia and Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa
This report describes the results of baseline assessment surveys for coral reef benthic structure, coral community demographics, and health condition conducted in Vatia Bay and Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa, by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) of NO...
ResourceStatus and trends assessment for LBSP impacts on reef communities in Faga’alu Bay and Vatia Bay
This work builds on prior assessment and monitoring surveys of the benthic reef communities conducted in Faga’alu and Vatia bays to address national and jurisdictional goals to reduce the impacts of land-based sources of pollution in coral reef ecosystems...
Downloadable Data2010 NOAA American Samoa Mobile Lidar
Metadata Thumbnail This data set contains three-dimensional mobile lidar elevation data for seven villages in American Samoa on the island of Tutuila. The seven villages are: Fagaalu, Fagotogo, Pago Pago, Vatia, Leone, Amanave, and Poloa. The data were collected by Sanborn ...
ResourceBaseline Surveys for Coral Reef Community Structure and Demographics in Vatia Bay and Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa
"This report describes the results of baseline assessment surveys for coral reef benthic structure, coral community demographics, and health condition conducted in Vatia Bay and Fagaalu Bay, American Samoa, by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) of NO...
ResourceSocioeconomic survey on the marine environment, pollution, and village adaptive capacity: Vatia, Aunuu and Faga'alu Villages survey results, October and November 2014
Metadata Thumbnail "During October and November, 2014 socioeconomic resident surveys were conducted in three villages on Tutuila Island, American Samoa. The purpose of the survey was to gain a better understanding regarding: archive_bootstrap backup {BASEDIR} bleach_alerts ...
ResourceReef fish and benthic marine surveys in Faga'alu and Vatia watersheds, Tutuila, American Samoa : depth-stratified random biological monitoring surveys conducted by NOAA 4-6 April 2012
In 2012, staff of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center surveyed the bays fed by these priority watersheds with the same methods used in the long-term Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (...
Downloadable DataIntroduced Marine Species in Pago Pago Harbor, Fagatele Bay and the National Park Coast, American Samoa: Survey of October 2002 (NODC Accession 0002177)
The biological communities at ten sites around the Island of Tutuila, American Samoa were surveyed in October 2002 by a team of four investigators. Diving observations and collections of benthic observations using scuba and snorkel were made at six statio...
Downloadable DataBenthic Surveys in Faga'alu, American Samoa: benthic images collected during belt transect surveys in 2012 and 2015
Metadata Thumbnail The data described herein are part of a NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) funded project aimed at establishing baseline data for coral demographics and benthic cover and composition via Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) surveys conducted by the ...
ResourceIntegrating climate resiliency and adaptation into community marine spatial planning
The project aims to utilize existing coral resiliency data, including results from Dr. Arielle Levine's project on socio-ecological resiliency of coral reef fisheries and MPA surveys, to facilitate a meeting with resource managers on identifying an integr...
ResourceSocial-ecological vulnerability assessment of reef fisheries and communities to promote climate resiliency in American Samoa
To better understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change in American Samoa, it is important to identify the factors that make specific places, people, and ecosystems most vulnerable to climate impacts.Project Objectives: 1. Conduct a climate-change...
ResourceSocioeconomic assessment for marine protected areas and watershed management areas in American Samoa
Metadata Thumbnail "This project implemented socioeconomic surveys in key villages associated with marine protected areas and watershed management areas in American Samoa. Surveys were administered during 2012-2013 in ten Community-based Fisheries Management Program (CFMP) ...
ResourceGeologic setting and ecological functioning of coral reefs in American Samoa
"American Samoa is rich in coral reefs and all islands are more or less fringed by coral reefs. Although structurally not part of the Samoan chain, political American Samoa includes Rose Atoll, a true atoll, and Swains Island. The coral reefs of American ...
ResourceResults of the Territorial Coral Reef Monitoring Program of American Samoa for 2011, Benthic Section
"In 2011, transect data was collected on the reef slopes and reef sites, and coral biodiversity data was collected on reef slopes and reef flats (for the first time). Both transects and coral biodiversity were also taken from both the reef flat and pools ...
ResourceSocioeconomic monitoring of village MPAs in American Samoa
The aim of this project is to work with American Samoa’s Community-based Fisheries Management Program (CFMP) to formalize their socioeconomic monitoring program. Traditionally, villages in American Samoa controlled exclusive rights to manage their nearsho...
ResourceIdentifying coral reef resilience potential in American Samoa based on CRED coral reef monitoring data
Purpose/Need: Reefs in American Samoa have been repeatedly impacted by predation from Crown-Of-Thorns Seastars (COTS), and are also increasingly threatened by impacts related to climate change such as bleaching. Local managers have expressed a specific in...
Downloadable Data1995 Quantitative Survey of the Corals of American Samoa (NODC Accession 0001972)
A survey of coral communities was carried out in the American Samoa Archipelago to assess the current status of coral reefs and provide a rigorous quantitative baseline dataset for future monitoring of these reefs. Five replicate belt transects were used ...