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Coral Watershed Monitoring Using Remote Sensing As...

Watershed runoff can adversely affect the health of coral reefs. Our work will provide coral reef managers with a method to monitor land-based runoff and, in conjunction with other data, ...

Defining Future Seafloor Mapping Priorities to Inf...

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) uses benthic mapping data to develop information on the condition of coral reef ecosystems to help inform science-based management decisions. They have identified a ...

Developing A Benthic Habitat Map for the Insular S...

The purpose of this project is to develop a benthic habitat map for uncharacterized mesophotic coral reef ecosystems (30 to 100 m deep) on the South Eastern Puerto Rican (Insular) ...

Developing an Operational Sargassum HAB Monitoring...

This project will improve the effectiveness of existing NOAA and partner Sargassum detection and forecasting capabilities, facilitate a better understanding of biochemical impacts associated with inundation or beaching events, and ...

Ecology, Integrity and Status of Caribbean Mesopho...

We investigated Puerto Rico’s mesophotic coral ecosystems to better understand them and their relationship to shallower reefs. They are off the southwestern coast at depths of 50–100 m (164–328 ft) ...

Habitat Digitizer Extension

The Habitat Digitizer Extension is a GIS tool that was developed to delineate features by visually interpreting georeferenced images and also to select attributes using a dialog containing a custom ...

Mapping Fish Habitat to Determine Coral Reef Ecosy...

We are integrating sonar information on fish with seafloor mapping sonars to produce maps of the coral reef and reef fish habitat use in U.S. Caribbean territories. Why We Care ...

Marine Spatial Planning Data Development: U.S. Car...

NCCOS and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service hosted workshops with stakeholders in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to identify spatial data for informed marine planning in the U.S ...

Measuring the Human Dimensions of Coastal Ecosyste...

We are using social science to better understand the linkages between coastal ecosystems and human health and well-being, with the aim of providing information to managers responsible for natural resources, ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Implementat...

The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is a framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climate, and socioeconomic indicators at 10 priority coral reefs across the U.S. and its ...

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NOAA Intervention Strategy Seeks to Stem Loss of U...

NOAA Action Plan on Coral Intervention. Credit: NOAA. Rapidly deteriorating environmental conditions are threatening coral reefs worldwide, leading to a re-evaluation of long-standing conservation strategies. In response to recommendations from ...

2019 Puerto Rico Coral Reef Monitoring Data Now Av...

In support of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), NCCOS helps assess the status of U.S. coral reef resources. Puerto Rico fish and benthic community data collected by NCCOS ...

Spatial Analysis Completed to Prioritize U.S. Cari...

NCCOS recently completed the spatial analysis that will guide the prioritization of future seafloor mapping, research, and exploration in the U.S. Caribbean. With input from regional stakeholders, the research team ...

Highlights of the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative ...

Andrew Shuler (NCCOS) collects samples from the Mohawk ROV bio box during NF1901 as ROV operator, Eric Glidden, looks on. Credit: NOAA NCCOS. The Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) completed ...

Coral Reef Expedition Marks Fifteen Years of Disco...

NCCOS's research cruise in the U.S. Caribbean last month aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster marks the fifteenth year of ship-based coral ecosystem investigations supported by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program ...

First Book on Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Publishe...

Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems is the primary source for a basic understanding of mesophotic coral ecosystems. Credit Springer The first book on Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems has been published by Springer. NCCOS ...

USVI, Puerto Rico Coral Data Collected in 2016–201...

Divers collect benthic data on St. John, USVI, reef during 2017 NCRMP mission. Credit: NOAA. Diver surveys fish community on patch reef in Puerto Rico during 2017 NCRMP season. Credit: ...

Exploring Puerto Rican Reef Habitats from NOAA Shi...

High-definition ROV photos of Swiftia exserta, seen here in the white polyp morphotype. Credit: NOAA. A scientific mission on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster from June 25 to July 7, ...

Acoustic Monitoring Reveals Hurricane Maria's Impa...

Students from the University of Puerto Rico service one of the project's acoustic recording devices, known as a hydrophone. Credit: Rebecca Becicka, University of Puerto Rico. Passive listening devices placed ...

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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico

Benthic survey 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 various partners. These partners include the University of Puerto Rico, HJR Reefscaping, ...

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)

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 ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico from 2016-06-07 to 2017-09-01 (NCEI Accession 0174524)

Benthic data collection for the National Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Program (NCRMP) consists of two concurrent surveys: the Benthic Assessment (BA) method and the Coral Demographic method. BA surveys provide benthic cover estimates for ecologically important cover types/groups (e.g., macroalgae, ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico

Data provided in this data set were collected around Puerto Rico as part of NCCOS-led missions in collaboration with partners at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Puerto Rico Department of Marine Sciences, HJR Reefscaping, and University of the ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2016-06-07 to 2017-09-01 (NCEI Accession 0174525)

Fish data collection for the National Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Program (NCRMP) uses the stationary point count method (7.5m radius cylinder). This method collects and reports information on species composition, density, size structure, abundance and derived metrics (e.g., species richness, ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of fish and coral reef communities in Puerto Rico from 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03 (NCEI Accession 0131260)

The National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan (NCRMP) is a framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climate, and socioeconomic indicators at 10 priority coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. This integrated approach will consolidate monitoring of coral reefs ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Documentation for data archived at NCEI (NCEI Accession 0157633). Version 12.12

This accession contains field protocols for NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) data archived at NCEI ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Socioeconomic surveys of human use, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions in Puerto Rico

The socioeconomic survey data in this collection come from surveys of adult residents in Puerto Rico conducted as part of NOAA's ongoing National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). Surveys are conducted for a random stratified sample of households on a ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Socioeconomic surveys of human use, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions in Puerto Rico from 2014-12-08 to 2015-02-20 (NCEI Accession 0161544)

The data in this file comes from a survey of adult residents in Puerto Rico. The survey was conducted for a random stratified sample of households in the nine socioeconomic regions of Aguadilla, Arecibo, Bayamon, Caguas, Carolina, Humacao, Mayaguez, Ponce, ...

NCCOS Assessment: Benthic Habitat Map for the Insular Shelf South of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (NCEI Accession 0170098)

The dataset describes the spatial distribution of benthic habitats on the insular shelf south of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. These benthic habitats include: (1) Coral Reef Colonized with Live Coral, (2) Pavement Colonized with Live Coral, ...

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