Data Set (knb-lter-sbc.15.25)

SBC LTER: Reef: Kelp Forest Community Dynamics: Cover of sessile organisms, Uniform Point Contact

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-sbc.15.25 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: DOI: 10.6073/pasta/13652d449ee17a6d9d2a4253a8f3a010
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-sbc.15

These data describe the cover of sessile invertebrates, understory macroalgae, and bottom substrate types as determined by a uniform point contact method. The presence of over 150 taxa of sessile invertebrates and macroalgae are recorded at 80 uniformly spaced points along permanent 40m x 2m transects. Multiple species can be recorded at any given point. Percent cover of a given species on a transect can be estimated from UPC observations as the fraction of total points at which that species was present x 100. The total percent cover of all species combined using this method can exceed 100%; however, the percent cover of any single species cannot exceed 100%. These data are part of SBC LTERs kelp forest monitoring program, which began in 2000 and was designed to track long-term patterns in species abundance and diversity of reef-associated organisms in the Santa Barbara Channel, California, USA, The sampling locations in this dataset include nine reef sites along the mainland coast of the Santa Barbara Channel and at two sites on the north side of Santa Cruz Island. These sites reflect several oceanographic regimes in the channel and vary in distance from sources of terrestrial runoff. Data collection began in 2000 and this dataset is updated annually.

Short Name: KFCD Reef benthic cover
Publication Date: 2017-12-07
Language: English
Time Period:
Detailed Data Description and Download:
Benthic community survey, subtidal cover all years
cover of algae and sessile invertebrates at permanent sites
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager, Santa Barbara Coastal LTER [  email ]
Organization Santa Barbara Coastal LTER
Owner: Reed, Daniel C 

Data Set Citation

How to cite this data set: Reed, D. . 2017. SBC LTER: Reef: Kelp Forest Community Dynamics: Cover of sessile organisms, Uniform Point Contact. Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research Project. doi:10.6073/pasta/13652d449ee17a6d9d2a4253a8f3a010

Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
LTER Core Research Areas populations
LTER Controlled Vocabulary v1 LTER, populations, Santa Barbara Coastal
SBC-LTER Controlled Vocabulary Kelp_forest_monitoring, populations
Santa Barbara Coastal LTER Places Arroyo Burro, Arroyo Hondo, Arroyo Quemado, Bullito, Carpinteria, Goleta Bay, Isla Vista, Mohawk, Naples, Santa Cruz Island, Diablo, Santa Cruz Island, Twin Harbor West
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) v6. Macroalgae, Marine Invertebrates, Marine Plants
Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity invertebrate
Kelp_forest_monitoring, LTER, LTER Core Research Areas, Macroalgae, Marine Invertebrates, Marine Plants

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