Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.1038.8)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Community Dynamics: Backreef (Lagoon) Corals Annual Survey, ongoing since 2005

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.1038.8 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: 10.6073/pasta/7fd39406eb623de7e52db039f3fd043d
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.1038

This dataset contains the percentage cover of all stony corals (Scleractinia, pooled among genera) and other major groups analyzed from 0.5 x 0.5 m photographic quadrats at the Backreef habitat at the Moorea Coral Reef LTER, French Polynesia. This survey time series began in 2005 and is repeated each year in April. Functional groups counted are: Scleractinian corals, Macroalgae, Crustose Coralline Algae / Bare Space, Soft Corals, Hydrocorals (Millepora), Algal Turf and Sand. The coral community was sampled photographically in all represented habitats surrounding the island: Fringing Reef, Lagoon, and Outer Reef. This dataset contains only Lagoon (Backreef) data (see knb-lter-mcr.4 for the other habitats) and is structured in a repeated-measures protocol to allow a statistical contrast of sites, shores and times. Community structure was determined through a coarse analysis of the benthic community, initially completed in situ (2005), but using photoquadrats from 2006. There are quadrats analyzed at each of five areas within each site, and the areas are revisited (but not the quadrats) each year to support the repeated measures design. There are two tables available, providing different views of the same data: a long table having all values in one column and a wide table having a separate column for each observed object. Detailed methods are available in the protocols section.

Short Name: Backreef corals annual survey
Publication Date: 2018-05-31
Language: english
Time Period:
Detailed Data Description and Download:
Percent cover as wide table
Photoquadrat analysis results: Percent cover of benthic taxa inlcuding corals by groups of genera. This table contains the same data as the long-format table, reformatted into wide-format.
Percent cover as Long table
Photoquadrat analysis results: Percent cover of benthic taxa, grouping genera of corals.
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Organization Moorea Coral Reef LTER
Owner: Edmunds, Peter (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Associate: Moriarty, Vincent (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Field Technician)
Associate: Ginther, Sam (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Field Technician)

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Edmunds, P of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2018. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Community Dynamics: Backreef (Lagoon) Corals Annual Survey, ongoing since 2005. knb-lter-mcr.1038.8 doi:10.6073/pasta/7fd39406eb623de7e52db039f3fd043d

Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
Backreef, Community, Demographics, Long-term Time Series, LTER, MCR, Scleractinian Coral
Institute, Organization, or Funding Agency California State University Northridge, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NSF, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, University of California Santa Barbara
French Polynesia, Moorea
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Carbonate rocks, Coral Reefs, Corals, Lagoons, Marine environments, Polyps (organisms), Shallow water
LTER Network Controlled Vocabulary marine
LTER Core Research Area Populations
MCR Core Activity Time Series Program
MCR Research Theme Ocean Acidification, Reef Resistance and Resilience
MCR-LTER Working Group Population and Community Dynamics

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