Home > Explore Data & Reports > National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico from 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03 (NCEI Accession 0151729)

Citation:

Hile, S. 2016. National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico from 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03 (NCEI Accession 0151729). NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset.

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NCEI Data Archive Accession

Description

Benthic data collection for the National Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Program (NCRMP) consists of two survey types: the Line Point-Intercept (LPI) method and the Coral Demographic method. The LPI method provides a measure of percent cover of biotic and abiotic components of the benthos in a stratified random sampling design in hardbottom and coral reef habitats. LPI surveys are concurrent with and along the same transect as fish surveys. The coral demographics protocol provide more detailed and species-specific insight (?signal magnitude?) for coral populations than is provided by percent cover. Demographic surveys are conducted at a subset of fish/Line Point-Intercept sample sites, along the same transect as fish surveys. Data provided in this data set were collected around Puerto Rico as part of NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)-led missions in collaboration with partners at the University of Puerto Rico, HJR Reefscaping, Ecoelectrica, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales), the University of the Virgin Islands and U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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