|Data Set General Information:|
||knb-lter-mcr.8.28 (in the knb Catalog System)
Coral reefs are comprised of scleractinian corals and many other benthic organims. The sampling described here quantifies the relative abundances of corals (aggregate abundance) and the other major benthic components including algal turfs, macroalgae, crustose corallines, and other sessile invertebrates. Abundance is estimated yearly at each of 6 sites (2 per shore) around the island. At each site, and in each of 4 habitats (fringing reef, backreef, forereef 10-m depth, forereef 17-m depth), 5 permanent 10-m long transects have been established and abundance estimates are made at fixed positions along each transect (n=10, 0.25 m2 quadrats per transect) allowing a repeated measures statistical analysis for the detection of temporal trends.
||Annual Benthic Survey
|Detailed Data Description and Download:|
Raw data for percent cover of substrate type or benthic taxa inlcuding macroalgae: time and location of observation, observed cover and percent area.
|People and Organizations:|
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||Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [
||Moorea Coral Reef LTER
||Carpenter, Robert (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [
||Moriarty, Vincent (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Field Technician)
Data Set Citation
|How to cite this dataset:
Moorea Coral Reef LTER.
MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Benthic Algae and Other Community Components, ongoing since 2005.
Key Words and Terms
||Benthic Algae, Coral Reef Algae, Long-term Time Series, Macroalgae
|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
||Algal Turfs, Crustose Coralline Algae
|NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus
||Abundance (organisms), Biodiversity, Coral Reef, Phytobenthos, Species Richness
|LTER Core Research Area
|MCR Core Activity
||Time Series Program
|MCR Research Theme
||Reef Resistance and Resilience
|MCR-LTER Working Group
||Population and Community Dynamics
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