Data Set (knb-lter-sbc.14.13)

SBC LTER: Reef: Historical Kelp Database for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) biomass in California and Mexico

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-sbc.14.13 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: DOI: 10.6073/pasta/74d5336cf9f1297b475db8ec6ed08819
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-sbc.14

ISP Alginates (formerly Kelco Co.) has collected information on the abundance of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in California and Mexico from routine aerial surveys since 1957. The standard protocol consists of an observer visually estimating the amount of harvestable giant kelp biomass within designated kelp beds from a small fixed-wing aircraft. Observations were recorded on paper data sheets in the field and archived in notebooks housed at ISP Alginates. With cooperation from ISP Alginates, the SBCLTER converted ISP Alginates long-term records of giant kelp biomass into a digital format. The database consists of a data table containing kelp biomass, a catalog of maps. The format ISP Alginates used to report kelp abundance data changed periodically over the course of the collecting period. These details, pus descriptions of designated kelp beds are described in the protocol document.

Short Name: Reef historical kelp
Publication Date: 2010-06-14
Language: english
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Detailed Data Description and Download:
Historical kelp biomass
Time series of giant kelp biomass along the coasts of California and Baja, Mexico
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager, Santa Barbara Coastal LTER [  email ]
Owner: Reed, Daniel C 
Organization Santa Barbara Coastal LTER
Associate: Harrer, Shannon (Lead field technician, analyst)

Data Set Citation

How to cite this data set: Reed, D. C. . 2010. SBC LTER: Reef: Historical Kelp Database for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) biomass in California and Mexico. Santa Barbara Coastal LTER. doi:10.6073/pasta/74d5336cf9f1297b475db8ec6ed08819

Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
biomass, giant kelp
Macrocystis pyrifera

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