Benthic Cover

Benthic cover (habitat) maps are derived from aerial imagery, underwater photos, acoustic surveys, and data gathered from sediment samples. Shallow to moderate-depth benthic habitat information assists ecosystem-based marine resource management. Many habitats, including hard and soft corals, are home to a diversity of marine organisms, which provide many important ecosystem services, including fishing, tourism, water quality enhancement, and shoreline protection. Coral reef ecosystems and associated bottom types are under increasing pressure from environmental and anthropogenic stressors. Mitigating these threats requires analyzing their spatial distribution, making benthic habitat mapping a key component to the conservation and management activities of state and federal agencies.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Last Updated October 4, 2017, 21:09
Created June 19, 2017, 21:44
access_constraints ["Use Constraints: These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation.", "Access Constraints: None"]
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bbox-south-lat -14.561060
bbox-west-long -178.384928
coupled-resource []
dataset-reference-date [{"type": "publication", "value": "2017-09-20"}]
frequency-of-update asNeeded
licence ["NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Marine Cadastre web site are provided \"as is\" without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation."]
metadata-date 2017-09-20
progress completed
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