Fieldwork Data and Reporting Guidance

Instructions and templates for data and reporting to meet DSCRTP program requirements.
Read This First: Checklist and Timeline for Science Team Data Deliverables
Data Checklist: This document gives an overview of what should be delivered to DSCRTP and a general schedule
Why Contribute Data to the National Database?
A quick summary of why it is important to contribute to NOAA's National Database of Deep Sea Corals and Sponges
How to Contribute Data and Reports to the DSCRTP
This document gives step by step directions on how to submit data and reports to the Program.
Data Submission Survey
A quick survey used to collect information on the sampling expedition and the expected data and report products.
Data Submission Template for NOAA National Database of Deep-Sea Corals (version 20190708-0)
MS Excel workbook template for submission of database records to the national database. Once completed, submit to DSCRTP Data Program through deepseacoraldata@noaa.gov for QA/QC and ingestion into NOAA's National Database of Deep Sea Corals and Sponges.
Data Dictionary for the National Database (version: 20190718-0)
This MS Excel file provides the definition of each of the fields (variables) in the NOAA National Database of Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges. It also provides a list of valid values for each variable. The 'Data Dictionary' file updates and supplants the database schema described in the appendix of Hourigan et al. (2015) "Introduction to NOAA’s National Database of Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges". The Data Dictionary is the most up to date version of the variable definitions. It can be searched, filtered, and sorted, which brings enhanced functionality to the user.
An Introduction to NOAA’s National Database for Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges
An Introduction to NOAA’s National Database for Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges
Site Characterization Outline
This document provides a general outline of the key elements to include in a Site Characterization
Example Quick Look Report: Channel Islands
This document is an example of the 90 day post-cruise quick look report
Example Site Characterization #1: Piggy Bank
A characterization of the coral and sponge community on Piggy Bank seamount in Southern California from a survey using a remotely operated vehicle
Example Site Characterization #2: Gulf of Farallones
Characterization of deep-coral and sponge communities in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary: Rittenburg Bank, Cochrane Bank, and the Farallon Escarpment
Example 3-Year Final Report Outline #1 - Alaska
This is an example outline for the 3 year final report in Alaska.
Example 3-Year Final Report Outline #2 - West Coast
This is an example outline for the 3 year final report in the West Coast region.
MADBAT Still Photo Analysis Tool
The NCCOS / Deep Coral Ecology Laboratory in Charleston, SC has developed an MS-Access database annotation tool (MADBAT) to facilitate the production of DSCRTP compliant database records. For questions regarding the setup and use of the tool, please contact the lead developer, Ren Salgado, at enrique.salgado@noaa.gov. Also, please see the comprehensive tutorial linked below. NOTE: The Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program does not explicitly endorse the use of any particular video or still image annotation software.