Coral bleaching data from Bleachwatch in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from 2020-06-01 to 2020-10-16 (NCEI Accession 0221973)

Metadata Updated: December 4, 2020

In order to accurately assess the initial affects of bleaching events, and to assess coral condition during and after bleaching events, the Florida Keys BleachWatch program coordinates a large network of trained observers to provide regular reports of actual coral conditions on the reefs.

Each BleachWatch observer receives a packet containing information on the project and FAQs on coral bleaching, report forms complete with detailed instructions, and an underwater visual aid. The report form has been designed to minimize the effort needed to make observations and report on conditions, and the underwater visual aids are designed to minimize gear for the diver to carry yet be easily accessible and available when needed to help make mental notes on coral condition throughout the dive. The underwater visual aid provides a summary of the important information needed from the monitoring form such as environmental conditions as well as images to help deternine percent of bleached live coral cover and major growth types for ease of coral identification. After exiting the water, observers simply enter these and any other notable observations on the report form provided. Observers are asked to report as regularly as possible, and are made to understand that observations of no bleaching present are equally as important.

By interpreting observations of coral condition from various areas within a geographic zone of concern during potential bleaching events, additional insight can be gained toward determining natural resilience, both for habitat types, geographical location, and species of coral. This information will allow researchers to further develop the accuracy of available coral bleaching early warning products and assist resource managers to better communicate the condition of the reefs as potential bleaching events occur, as well as potentially integrating the information into existing management plans.

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Metadata Date 2020-11-18T18:59:49Z
Metadata Created Date December 4, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 4, 2020
Reference Date(s) November 17, 2020 (publication)
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date 2020-11-18T18:59:49Z
Metadata Created Date December 4, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 4, 2020
Reference Date(s) November 17, 2020 (publication)
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Access Constraints Cite as: Buchman, Mike; Dieveney, Beth; Walter, Cory; Bartels, Erich; Mote Marine Laboratory (MML); NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (2020). Coral bleaching data from Bleachwatch in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from 2020-06-01 to 2020-10-16 (NCEI Accession 0221973). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Unpublished Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0221973. Accessed [date]., Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Bbox East Long -80.2182
Bbox North Lat 25.20945
Bbox South Lat 24.32761
Bbox West Long -83.1215
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Temporal Extent Begin 2020-06-01
Temporal Extent End 2020-10-16

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