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Study Examines Role of Map Resolution in Predicting Fish Assemblages and Provides Recommendations to Scientists and Managers

Maps with higher resolution are more time consuming and expensive to produce than simpler maps. Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have quantified how various types of benthic maps affect the perception of fish habitat. Relationships among map resolution, fish assemblages and habitat variables were examined in a coral reef ecosystem in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The study provides links between local environmental variables and those detectable through remote sensing. Study findings advise scientists and managers on the best map type to obtain in new mapping studies, to most efficiently suit anticipated uses; the study also provides information on the limitations of existing maps in predicting fish distributions. The study appears in a 2010 issue of the scientific journal Hydrobiologia.

Kendall, M.S., and T.J. Miller. 2010. Relationships among map resolution, fish assemblages, and habitat variables in a coral reef ecosystem. /Hydrobiologia /637:101-119. DOI 10.1007/s10750-009-9988-1

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