Project Title: PICSI Project 1: Creation of an Existing Deep-Sea Coral Records Database focused on Hawaii and the US Pacific Islands for Project Planning and Subsequent Incorporation into the Deep Sea Coral Program’s National Database
Project Summary

This project is to conduct an extensive review of existing deep-sea coral and sponge data obtained from Hawaii and the US Pacific Islands in order to build a working database of known species and depth ranges.  In addition to being a planning tool for the overall project, the ultimate destination of the records will be the DSCRTP National Database to supplement material that has already been incorporated and to provide as complete a dataset as possible for the US Pacific.  The most potentially useful types of existing data include archived video records from submersible and ROV dives, museum database records of specimens collected from deep water in the U.S. Pacific, and water quality data from CTD casts.

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Project Title: PICSI Project 1: Creation of an Existing Deep-Sea Coral Records Database focused on Hawaii and the US Pacific Islands for Project Planning and Subsequent Incorporation into the Deep Sea Coral Program’s National Database
Methods/Approach

1) Correcting and formatting to the DSCRTP database fields all remaining cnidarian records, focusing first on gorgonians, antipatharians, and scleractinians, before proceeding to the other groups.

2) Correcting and formatting to the DSCRTP database fields existing sponge records, focusing first on glass sponges (hexactinellids) before proceeding to the other two groups.

3) Combining these data together with data already provided to DSCRTP.

4) Combining and formatting database records of corals and sponges from the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian), theBishopMuseum, and the California Academy of Sciences.

5) Obtaining all available CTD data, specifically temperature, depth, salinity, and dissolved oxygen, merging these data to those above if and where possible.

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Project Title: PICSI Project 1: Creation of an Existing Deep-Sea Coral Records Database focused on Hawaii and the US Pacific Islands for Project Planning and Subsequent Incorporation into the Deep Sea Coral Program’s National Database
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