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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, ...
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Defining Future Seafloor Mapping Priorities to Inf...

NCCOS is building a digital inventory of shallow water (up to 40 m) mapping data sets and conducting a data needs assessment for the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s (CRCP) jurisdictional ...
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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) ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Re...

NCCOS developed a spatial framework to identify common research priorities across partner organizations which has been successfully implemented on the US West Coast, Florida, and Lake Michigan.  NCCOS applied this ...
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Recovery Horizon Projections for Ship Groundings o...

Ship groundings cause extensive physical destruction to coral reefs, and subsequent recovery can be complicated and prolonged. In this project, we specifically address how coral recruitment and survival interact with ...
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NOAA Completes Socioeconomic Analysis of Puerto Ri...

The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), which gathers and monitors a collection of socioeconomic indicators in seven U.S. coral jurisdictions, recently released a report outlining ...
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Mesophotic Reefs in Southwest Puerto Rico Shaped b...

Sediment exerts a basic control on the character and distribution of both shallow and mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs). In a rare study focused on sediment dynamics of MCEs, NCCOS-supported scientists ...
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A Primer to Living Shorelines Published

A synthesis of recent thinking and results from practitioners and researchers of Living Shorelines just hit the stands. " Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection," details ...
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Depth Affects Algal Symbiont Composition in Caribb...

NCCOS-funded researchers investigating the diversity of symbiotic algae (Symbiodinium spp.) associated with the coral Agaricia lamarcki in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands found the coral's algal associations change ...
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Experts Shape the Future of Caribbean Coral Restor...

Adapted text from Tali Vardi Coral restoration scientists, practitioners, and resource managers gathered at the Workshop to Advance the Science and Practice of Caribbean Coral Restoration in Fort Lauderdale, FL ...
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First Compendium on Deep-water Algae of Puerto Ric...

A new taxonomic publication describes the relatively unknown algal flora of mesophotic coral ecosystems in Puerto Rico. Theseecosystems are characterized by the presence of light-dependent corals and associated communities found ...
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NCCOS in the Caribbean: Will Sautter Field Blog

Just Another Day of Field Work Our new office, The CrewZen II, captained by Kevin McCartney. Credit: NOAA Daybreak over the Caribbean Sea. It's at the peak of hurricane season ...
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NOAA Student Scholars Present Summer Research With...

Ten student undergraduate scholars, most with the NOAA Educational Partnership Program and Hollings Scholarship Program, are interning this summer with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, ...
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NOS, NESDIS Expand Remote Sensing Collaboration to...

Under a grant from NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, NCCOS and NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) have been using remote sensing technology to monitor efforts to ...
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NCCOS Leads Key Topics at International Coral Reef...

This week, staff from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led special sessions and gave individual presentations at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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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