Project Title: Data-mining deep-sea coral records from NCCOS ROV video missions in the U.S. Caribbean
Goal or Purpose

To improve the national database for the US Caribbean by uploading additional deep-sea coral records from underwater video observation collected by NOAA’s Biogeography Branch 2004-2014.

Anticipated Management Application(s)

Little is known about the distribution of deep-sea corals in the US Caribbean and much of that information is not contained in the national deep-sea coral database. The US Caribbean is challenged by even the most basic level of foundational knowledge on deep-sea corals including: regions of presence/absence and range. 

Fiscal Funding:
  • FY 2015 @ $25,000

 
Region(s):
  • Caribbean Council
Location(s):
  •  None Defined.
Project Type:
  • Data Mining
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • NOS NCCOS
Team Members:
  •  None Defined.
Project Title: Data-mining deep-sea coral records from NCCOS ROV video missions in the U.S. Caribbean
Methods/Approach

We intend to conduct visual observation of ROV video and stills to detect the presence of deep-sea corals.  Given the large volume of imagery to be processed and the goals of the DSCRTP program, efforts related to this proposed, funding will be focused on a) the deepest records (>100m), b) azooxanthellate corals, c) particularly on gorgonians, stylasterids, and black corals for which data are lacking in the region. All ROV transect events and coral observations will be collated in DSCRTP format and submitted for ingestion into the national geodatabase. Coral observations will be characterized to the lowest possible taxonomic level possible. These data will be reviewed by experts before uploading in the national database. In addition, video frame grabs will be taken where deep-sea corals are present and no still imagery exists and provided to the database.

Project Results and Management Outcomes  None Defined
Project Title: Data-mining deep-sea coral records from NCCOS ROV video missions in the U.S. Caribbean
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