Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.8.28)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Benthic Algae and Other Community Components, ongoing since 2005

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.8.28 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: 10.6073/pasta/79a6edbcf3aa2380d43deed778856416
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.8

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.

Short Name: Annual Benthic Survey
Publication Date: 2015-10-23
Language: english
Time Period:
Detailed Data Description and Download:
Percent cover
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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Contact: Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Organization Moorea Coral Reef LTER
Owner: Carpenter, Robert (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Associate: Moriarty, Vincent (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Field Technician)

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Carpenter, R of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2015. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Benthic Algae and Other Community Components, ongoing since 2005. knb-lter-mcr.8.28 doi:10.6073/pasta/79a6edbcf3aa2380d43deed778856416

Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
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
French Polynesia, Moorea
Algal Turfs, Crustose Coralline Algae
KNB Community, Marine
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Abundance (organisms), Biodiversity, Coral Reef, Phytobenthos, Species Richness
LTER Core Research Area Populations
MCR Core Activity Time Series Program
MCR Research Theme 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:

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