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NOAA National Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Database 1842-Present

NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (DSC-RTP) is compiling a national geodatabase of the known locations of deep-sea corals and sponges in U.S. territorial waters and beyond. The database will be comprehensive, standardized, quality controlled, and networked to outside resources. The database schema accommodates both linear (trawls, transects) and point (samples, observations) data. The structure of the database is tailored to occurrence records of all the azooxanthellate corals, a subset of all corals, and all sponge species. Records shallower than 50 m are generally excluded in order to focus on predominantly deep-water species – the mandate of the DSC-RTP. The intention is to limit the overlap with light-dependent (and mostly shallow-water) corals.
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      Originator
      • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/OHC/DSCRTP > Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
      Date(s)
        No administrative dates available
      Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
      Dataset Progress Status Under development
      Data Update Frequency: Annually
      Purpose: The database fulfills NOAA’s requirements under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to identify and map locations of deep-sea corals and to submit this information for use by regional fishery management councils. Given the authorities outlined in MSA, NOAA’s DSC-RTP will serve as a central data aggregator and distributor. The DSC-RTP geodatabase will represent a baseline of historical observations from samples archived in museums, research institutions, and scientific literature augmented by observations collected during deep-water in situ surveys conducted as part of regional fieldwork initiatives.
      Time Period: 1842-08-11  to  Present
      Spatial Reference System:
      Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
      N: 90
      S: -90
      E: 180
      W: -180
      Spatial Coverage Map:
      Theme keywords
      • Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Cnidarians
      • Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Cnidarians > Anthozoans/Octocorals
      • Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Cnidarians > Anthozoans/Octocorals > Soft Corals
      • Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Cnidarians > Anthozoans/Octocorals > Sea Pens
      • Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Cnidarians > Anthozoans/Octocorals > Sea Fans/Sea Whips
      • Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Cnidarians > Anthozoans/Hexacorals
      • Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Cnidarians > Anthozoans/Hexacorals > Hard Or Stony Corals
      • Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > Sponges
      • Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Benthic Habitat
      • Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Marine Habitat
      • Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Reef Habitat
      • Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Community Dynamics > Biodiversity Functions
      • Oceans > Aquatic Sciences > Fisheries
      • Oceans > Ocean Chemistry > Oxygen
      • Oceans > Ocean Chemistry > pH
      • Oceans > Ocean Temperature > Water Temperature
      • Oceans > Salinity/Density > Salinity
      Place keywords
      • Arctic Ocean
      • Atlantic Ocean
      • Pacific Ocean
      • Caribbean Sea
      • Gulf of Mexico
      • North America
      • United States
      Use Constraints
      • Access Constraints: None Use Constraints: None
      Access Constraints
      • Access Constraints: None Use Constraints: None
      Fees Fee information not available.
      Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.

       

      Last Modified: 2017-03-24

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