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NCCOS Assessment: Hardbottom habitat and associated planning layers in support of Mission: Iconic Reefs coral restoration planning in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from 2019-04-09 to 2021-02-26 (NCEI Accession 0241029)

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Mission: Iconic Reefs is a large-scale coral restoration effort to improve reef ecological function by restoring diverse reef-building corals to seven reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Planning for Mission: Iconic Reefs began in 2019 but has been informed by years of research, successful trials, and expertise from two dozen coral scientists and restoration practitioners. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) supported the restoration planning and spatial data coordination by 1) mapping hardbottom habitat within potential restoration sites, 2) outlining planning zones, 3) representing segments that divide the restorable coral reef into workable sections for coral restoration practitioners, and 4) representing priority restoration areas (hardbottom habitat within each planning zone). Mission: Iconic Reefs is an ongoing project, the data archived here document the status of these data as of 7/01/2021.
Hardbottom habitats dataset: NCCOS mapped ten reef sites for Mission: Iconic Reefs planning: Carysfort Reef, Horseshoe Reef, Cheeca Rocks, Sombrero Reef, Looe Key Reef, Newfound Harbor Key Reef, Eastern Sambo Reef, Middle Sambo Reef, Western Sambo Reef, and Eastern Dry Rocks. These reef sites extend along the geographic range of the reef tract within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary along a variety of habitats and a range of human uses. Eastern Sambo Reef, Middle Sambo Reef, and Western Sambo Reef were mapped in preparation for Mission: Iconic Reefs, but were not included in further restoration planning.
Restoration planning zones dataset: NCCOS and NOAA partners coordinated the identification of spatial, habitat specific zones at each reef site. Restoration zones were initially delineated based on expert local knowledge and further refined based on bathymetry, habitat mapping, management zones, field validation, and consideration of potential restoration options. Zones were initially outlined by a panel of local experts, and all subsequent refinements were presented to the stakeholder panel for discussion and approval. For each site, the proportion of reef habitat and proportion of restorable reef was applied to the total area of each zone to determine the final proposed restoration area.
Site segmentation dataset: At the 7 Iconic Reef sites, segments were created to subdivide the restoration areas at each reef into workable areas for restoration implementation. Draft segmentation polygons were updated based on feedback from NOAA partners and restoration practitioner stakeholders. These criteria included ease of navigation underwater, relative size of segments, and consistency between reef sites. Segment boundaries were outlined to partition the reef using natural underwater landmarks for underwater navigation purposes.
Priority restoration habitats dataset: These data are a targeted subset of the hardbottom habitat dataset and combined with the restoration planning zones dataset. These data are located within the 7 Iconic Reef sites and identify the sections of each Iconic Reef site that were targeted for restoration and are identified by the hardbottom habitat type within each restoration planning zone. These data were then used to calculate the area of each habitat type within each zone and then used to calculate coral outplants.
Segment area dataset: These data provide the surface area and planar area per segment for each area targeted for restoration.
  • Cite as: Viehman, Shay; Buckel, Christine; Bollinger, Maria; Ames, Cory (2021). NCCOS Assessment: Hardbottom habitat and associated planning layers in support of Mission: Iconic Reefs coral restoration planning in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from 2019-04-09 to 2021-02-26 (NCEI Accession 0241029). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/my7n-px81. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 2019-04-09 to 2021-02-26
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
West: -81.8511599
East: -80.1967649
South: 24.4555719
North: 25.2354172
Spatial Coverage Map
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Publication Dates
  • publication: 2021-09-24
  • revision: 2021-10-11
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: E48NXH

In this accession, NCEI has archived multiple versions of these data. The latest (and best) version of these data has the largest version number.
Purpose These data provide some of the foundational information needed for the Mission: Iconic Reefs coral restoration effort. These data define and quantify the area of potentially restorable hardbottom at ten coral reefs in the Florida Keys, and delineate the reef zones and restoration segments used to support the restoration planning and coral outplanting associated with Mission: Iconic Reefs. Mission: Iconic Reefs is a collaborative effort led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) and NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Habitat Conservation/Restoration Center (OHC/RC), with support from many partners, including NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and Office of Coastal Management/Coral Reef Conservation Program (OCM/CRCP), NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office (SERO), state agencies, academic institutions, and local coral restoration practitioners.
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Viehman, Shay; Buckel, Christine; Bollinger, Maria; Ames, Cory (2021). NCCOS Assessment: Hardbottom habitat and associated planning layers in support of Mission: Iconic Reefs coral restoration planning in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from 2019-04-09 to 2021-02-26 (NCEI Accession 0241029). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/my7n-px81. Accessed [date].
Cited Authors
Principal Investigators
Collaborators
  • Maria Bollinger
  • Cory Ames
Contributors
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Acknowledgments
  • Related Funding Agency: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
  • Related Funding Agency: US DOC; NOAA; NOS; OCM; Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP)
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Geographic Information > Habitats
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat > Description
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > In Situ Biological
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > In Situ Physical
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Mapping > Habitat Mapping
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Hard Seafloor Substrate
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Barrier Reef
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Habitats
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Patch Reef
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords NCCOS Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Derived Data Product
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Geospatial
  • NCCOS Research Priorities > Marine Spatial Ecology
  • NCCOS Research Topic > Coral reefs
  • NCCOS Research Topic > Habitat Mapping
  • NCCOS Research Topic > Restoration Science
Provider Keywords
  • Priority Restoration Habitats
Provider Observation Categories
  • Models/Analyses > Data Analysis > Environmental Modeling
Data Center keywords NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Florida Reef Tract (25N080W0002)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Florida Reef Tract (26N080W0007)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Lower Florida Keys (24N081W0021)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Middle Florida Keys (24N081W0019)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Carysfort Reef (25N080W0013)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Cheeca Rocks (24N080W0009)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Eastern Dry Rocks (24N081W0008)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Eastern Sambos (24N081W0009)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Florida Keys (24N081W0007)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Looe Key Reef (24N081W0002)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Middle Sambo Reef (24N081W0006)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Newfound Harbor (24N081W0010)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Sambo (24N081W0003)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Sombrero Reef ( Sombrero Key ) (24N081W0013)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Western Sambos (24N081W0014)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Upper Florida Keys (24N080W0018)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract (26N080W0007)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Florida Keys (24N081W0007)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Florida Reef Tract (25N080W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys (24N081W0021)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Eastern Dry Rocks (24N081W0008)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Eastern Sambos (24N081W0009)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Looe Key Reef (24N081W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Middle Sambo Reef (24N081W0006)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Newfound Harbor (24N081W0010)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Sambo (24N081W0003)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Lower Florida Keys > Western Sambos (24N081W0014)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Middle Florida Keys > Middle Florida Keys (24N081W0019)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Middle Florida Keys > Sombrero Reef ( Sombrero Key ) (24N081W0013)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Upper Florida Keys > Carysfort Reef (25N080W0013)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Upper Florida Keys > Cheeca Rocks (24N080W0009)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Upper Florida Keys > Upper Florida Keys (24N080W0018)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords NCCOS Location Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Location > Atlantic Ocean
  • NCCOS Research Locations > U.S. States and Territories > Florida
Provider Place Names
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Florida Keys
  • Florida reef tract
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 31231
  • Restoration Demonstration Project: Experimental input into designing coral restoration for coastal protection
Provider Project Names
  • NCCOS Project: Coral Restoration: Developing Scientific Guidance to Support Coral Restoration Design, Implementation, and Monitoring
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Viehman, Shay; Buckel, Christine; Bollinger, Maria; Ames, Cory (2021). NCCOS Assessment: Hardbottom habitat and associated planning layers in support of Mission: Iconic Reefs coral restoration planning in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from 2019-04-09 to 2021-02-26 (NCEI Accession 0241029). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/my7n-px81. Accessed [date].
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Processing Steps
  • 2021-09-24T13:47:25Z - NCEI Accession 0241029 v1.1 was published.
  • 2021-10-11T17:02:14Z - NCEI Accession 0241029 was revised and v2.2 was published.
    Rationale: Updates were received for this dataset. These updates were copied into the data/0-data/ directory of this accession. These updates may provide additional files or replace obsolete files. This version contains the most complete and up-to-date representation of this archival information package. All of the files received prior to this update are available in the preceding version of this accession.
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Processing Steps
  • Parameter or Variable: Priority Restoration Habitats (calculated); Units: N/A; Observation Category: Models/Analyses > Data Analysis > Environmental Modeling; Sampling Instrument: LIDAR; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Summary statistics (i.e., max, mean, min) of depth and derived surfaces (planar area and surface area) were calculated from LiDAR bathymetric data (1 m resolution; NGS 2016) or best available aerial and satellite imagery with in-water validation surveys. These data were then used to draft hardbottom habitat categories using supervised classification habitat mapping in e-Cognition software. Zones for potential restoration options were initially identified by experts at the first in-person project meeting in April 2019. Experts referenced local expertise, Google Earth aerial imagery, bathymetric LiDAR depth ranges, long-term coral monitoring, and current coral restoration efforts to inform zone delineation. For each final restoration zone, the proposed restoration area was calculated from the mapped surface area (m2), the proportion of hardbottom habitat, and an estimate of restorable reef area. For spur and groove reefs, zones included shallow reef crest, reef crest, spur and groove (tops of spurs), spur and groove (sides of spurs), forereef terrace, deep reef, patch reef, back reef, and rubble zones. For inshore patch reefs, zones included reef crest, forereef terrace, patch reef, shallow and deep boulder coral zones, and back reef. The hardbottom habitats were then further divided by the restoration planning zones resulting in polygons that identify habitat type within each restoration planning zone. These data are located within the 7 Iconic Reef sites (Carysfort Reef, Horseshoe Reef, Cheeca Rocks, Sombrero Reef, Looe Key Reef, Newfound Harbor Key Reef, and Eastern Dry Rocks) and identify the sections of each Iconic Reef site that were targeted for restoration and are identified by the hardbottom habitat type within each restoration planning zone.; Data Quality Method: Hardbottom habitat classifications were refined and groundtruthed using recent (post Hurricane Irma 2017) georeferenced photos, photomosaics, and videos shared from coral restoration practitioners, coral reef monitoring efforts (e.g., NOAA’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Program 2018), and other government researchers. Additional field data were collected by FKNMS staff in 2019 (120 reference locations), which collected photos both at pre-identified coordinates and at additional geo-referenced locations selected during the field effort. These sources of additional ground truthing data and images were then imported into ArcPro and compared to mapped hardbottom habitat classifications. During the field groundtruthing effort, a field team provided estimates on proportion of hardbottom habitat (i.e., the percentage of the mapped habitat that is actually hardbottom) within each zone, and proportion of restorable hardbottom (i.e., the percentage of reef habitat that is devoid of desirable species and otherwise suitable for restoration) within each zone..
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Instrument
  • LIDAR
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