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Experimental Data on Construction and Erosion of Orbicella Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys, U.S.A.

By Ilsa B. Kuffner,1 Lauren T. Toth,1 J. Harold Hudson,2 William B. Goodwin,3 Anastasios Stathakopoulos,1 Lucy A. Bartlett,4 and Elizabeth M. Whitcher5

1U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, U.S.A.
2Reef Tech, Inc., 8325 SW 68 Street, Miami, FL 33143, U.S.A.
3NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 95230 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL  33037, U.S.A.
4Contracted to U.S. Geological Survey by Cherokee Nation Technologies, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, 600 4th Street, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, U.S.A.
5Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901, U.S.A.

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. This data release contains data on coral-growth rates for Orbicella sp. coral colonies grown at five sites on the Florida Keys reef tract from 2013 to 2015, survey data for census-based carbonate budgeting at Hen and Chickens Reef (Islamorada, Florida), and time-series photographs taken of permanent markers used to measure reef erosion at Hen and Chickens Reef in 1998 and 2015. The time-series photographs document a loss in coral-reef elevation over 17 years at this site. The data will be used to inform resource managers of the capacity for future growth (or loss) of reefs dominated by genus Orbicella in the Florida Keys so that the reef ecosystem might be better understood and managed. The datasets included here were interpreted in Kuffner and others (2019).

Kuffner, I.B., Toth, L.T., Hudson, J.H., Goodwin, W.B., Stathakopoulos, A., Bartlett, L.A., and Whitcher, E.M., 2019, Improving estimates of coral reef construction and erosion with in situ measurements: Limnology and Oceanography, https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11184.

Data

*Note: To view the tabulated portions of 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
Orbicella_growth_FL_USA.zip
Data describing the growth of corals in the Orbicella annularis species complex from 2013 to 2015 at five off-shore coral reefs in the Florida Keys (.csv) 
Orbicella_growth_FL_USA.xml Orbicella_growth_FL_USA.txt Orbicella_growth_FL_USA.zip
(43 KB)
Benthic_cover_HCreef.zip
Data describing the biotic and abiotic entities covering the seafloor at Hen and Chickens Reef Sanctuary Preservation Area (.csv)
Same as above Same as above Benthic_cover_HCreef.zip
(51 KB)
Parrotfish_HCreef.zip
Data describing the species, life phase, size class, and abundance of parrotfish found at Hen and Chickens Reef Sanctuary Preservation Area (.csv) 
Same as above Same as above Parrotfish_HCreef.zip
(80 KB)
Eroding_Sponges_HCreef.zip
Data describing the eroding-sponge species, area of reef covered, and percentage covered by the species found at Hen and Chickens Reef Sanctuary Preservation Area (.csv)
Same as above Same as above Eroding_Sponges_HCreef.zip
(38 KB)
FL_erosion-photo-record.zip
Photographic images (JPEG) of the seafloor collected with underwater cameras at twenty-eight reef-erosion markers located at Hen and Chickens Reef Sanctuary Preservation Area (.csv)
Same as above Same as above FL_erosion-photo-record.zip
(560.7 MB)

Satellite map, with labels and inset, showing locations where datasets were collected
Figure 1. Location map showing sites where datasets included in this data release were collected. Sites are Pulaski Shoal (24.69355°N 82.77280°W), Looe Key Nursery (24.56275°N 81.40013°W), Sombrero Reef (24.62687°N 81.10893°W), Hen and Chickens Reef (24.93424°N, 80.54950°W), Crocker Reef (24.90908°N 80.52665°W), and Fowey Rocks (25.59047°N 80.09560°W).

Suggested Citation

Kuffner, I.B., Toth, L.T., Hudson, J.H., Goodwin, W.B., Stathakopoulos, A., Bartlett, L.A., and Whitcher, E.M., 2019, Experimental data on construction and erosion of Orbicella coral reefs in the Florida Keys, U.S.A.: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https:/doi.org/10.5066/P92NVINW.



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