Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.4.33)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Corals, ongoing since 2005

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.4.33 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: 10.6073/pasta/1f05f1f52a2759dc096da9c24e88b1e8
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.4

This dataset contains the percentage cover of the stony corals (Scleractinia) and other major groups analyzed from 0.5 x 0.5 m photographic quadrats at several reef habitats at the Moorea Coral Reef LTER, French Polynesia. This survey has been repeated annually in April since 2005. 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. Functional groups counted are: Scleractinian Corals (by genus where appropriate, see methods), 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. The sampling regime consists of a repeated-measures protocol in each habitat, and is structured by habitat to allow a statistical contrast of sites, shores, times, and in the case of the outer reef, depths. Detailed methods are available in the protocols section.

Short Name: Annual Coral Survey
Publication Date: 2015-12-09
Language: english
Time Period:
Detailed Data Description and Download:
Percent cover - Long Table (2005 to 2015)
Photoquadrat analysis results: Percent cover of benthic taxa inlcuding corals by genus. (A limited number of quadrats have Porites split into species.)
Percent cover - Wide Table (2005 to 2013)
Photoquadrat analysis results: Percent cover of benthic taxa inlcuding corals by genus. This table contains the same* data as the long-format table, reformatted into wide-format. (*Where a genus may be further refined to species in the long-format table, here it is aggregated to a sum for the genus.)
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)

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Edmunds, P of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2015. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Corals, ongoing since 2005. knb-lter-mcr.4.33 doi:10.6073/pasta/1f05f1f52a2759dc096da9c24e88b1e8

Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
MCR, LTER, Moorea Coral Reef, Long-term Time Series, French Polynesia, Moorea
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), Populations, Shallow water
LTER Network Controlled Vocabulary communities, coral reefs, corals, habitats, 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

Data Set Usage Rights

Data collected under the auspices of the MCR LTER are available to the public after primary publication, or at most two years after the completion of the study unless proprietary restrictions are warranted. Use of MCR LTER data is subject to acceptance of the following conditions:

  • 1. The user agrees to provide valid name and contact information prior to downloading online data. This information will be used to contact the user in case of changes to the data, and may also be used by data set authors and MCR LTER project administrators to document data usage.
  • 2. The user agrees to cite the data set author and MCR LTER in all publications in which the data are used, as per the instructions in the data documentation. If no specific instructions are provided in the data documentation, the user is requested to include the following statement: "Data sets were provided by the Moorea Coral Reef Ecosystem LTER, funded by the US National Science Foundation (OCE-0417412)."
  • 3. The user agrees to provide one copy of any manuscript based on MCR LTER data to the data set author prior to submitting it for publication.
  • 4. The user agrees to send two hard copies of any published manuscript based on MCR LTER data to the following address: Dr. Andrew J. Brooks Deputy Program Director, MCR LTER Marine Science Institute University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150 The user also agrees to send one electronic copy (pdf format) to the following e-mail address:
  • 5. Users are prohibited from selling or redistributing any data provided by MCR LTER without explicit prior permission.
  • 6. Users are encouraged to contact original investigators responsible for data. Where appropriate, researchers whose projects are integrally dependent on MCR LTER data are encouraged to consider collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators.
  • 7. Extensive efforts are made to ensure that online data are accurate and up to date, but the authors and the MCR LTER will not take responsibility for any errors that may exist in data provided online. Furthermore, the user assumes all responsibility for errors in analysis or judgment resulting from use of the data.
  • 8. Any violation of the terms of this agreement will result in immediate forfeiture of the data and loss of access privileges to other MCR LTER data sets.

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