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Underwater temperature on off-shore coral reefs of the Florida Keys, U.S.A.

By Ilsa B. Kuffner

Summary

The USGS Coral Reef Ecosystems Studies project (https://coastal.er.usgs.gov/crest/) provides science that helps resource managers tasked with the stewardship of coral reef resources. Coral reef organisms are very sensitive to high and low water-temperature extremes. It is critical to precisely know water temperatures experienced by corals and associated plants and animals that live in the dynamic, nearshore environment to document thresholds in temperature tolerance. Here we provide underwater temperature data recorded every fifteen minutes since 2009 at five off-shore coral reefs in the Florida Keys. From northeast to southwest, these sites are Fowey Rocks (Biscayne National Park), Molasses Reef (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, FKNMS), Crocker Reef (FKNMS), Sombrero Reef (FKNMS), and Pulaski Shoal (Dry Tortugas National Park). Temperatures were recorded with Onset® HOBO® Water Temp Pro V2 (U22-001) data loggers in duplicate at each site. Loggers were attached to concrete blocks fixed to the reef with stainless-steel rods and epoxy at depths of 13 to 16 feet of seawater. A portion of the dataset included here was interpreted in conjunction with coral and algal calcification rates in Kuffner and others (2013).

Kuffner, I.B., Hickey, T.D., and Morrison J.M., 2013, Calcification rates of the massive coral Siderastrea siderea and crustose coralline algae along the Florida Keys (USA) outer-reef tract: Coral Reefs, 32:987-997, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-013-1047-8.

Note: This data release was versioned on March 14, 2018. Please see the Suggested Citation section for details.

Data

*Note: To view this dataset in tab-delimited format, arranged by column, please use the Excel spreadsheet included in the download file.
File Name and Description Metadata
(XML format)
Metadata
(text format)
Download File
FL_coral_underwater_temps_to_Nov2015.zip
Underwater temperature data recorded every fifteen minutes from 2009 to 2015 at five off-shore coral reefs in the Florida Keys.
FL_coral_underwater_
temps_metadata.xml
FL_coral_underwater_
temps
_metadata.txt
FL_coral_underwater_temps_to_Nov2015.zip
(13 MB)
FL_coral_underwater_temps_to_Dec2016.zip
Underwater temperature data recorded every fifteen minutes from 2009 to 2016 at five off-shore coral reefs in the Florida Keys.
FL_coral_underwater_
temps_metadata_v2.xml
FL_coral_underwater_
temps_metadata_v2.txt
FL_coral_underwater_temps_to_Dec2016.zip
(16 MB)
FL_coral_underwater_temps_to_Nov2017.zip
Underwater temperature data recorded every fifteen minutes from 2009 to 2017 at five off-shore coral reefs in the Florida Keys.
FL_coral_underwater_
temps_metadata_v3.xml
FL_coral_underwater_
temps_metadata_v3.txt
FL_coral_underwater_temps_to_Nov2017.zip
(17 MB)

Location map showing sites where underwater temperatures are recorded every 15 minutes on the Florida Keys outer reef tract
Location map showing sites where underwater temperatures are recorded every 15 minutes on the Florida Keys outer reef tract. Sites are Pulaski Shoal (24.69355N 82.77280W), Sombrero Reef (24.62687N 81.10893W), Crocker Reef (24.90908N 80.52665W), Molasses Reef (25.01047N 80.37530W), and Fowey Rocks (25.59047N 80.09560W).

Suggested Citation

Kuffner, I.B., 2018, Underwater temperature on off-shore coral reefs of the Florida Keys, U.S.A. (ver. 3.0, March 2018): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F71C1TZK.

First posted January 21, 2016
Revised February 01, 2017, ver. 2.0
Revised March 14, 2018, ver. 3.0

Version History 3.0



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