Benthic and substrate cover data derived from photo-transect surveys in a Sub Set of Roviana Reef, Solomon Islands, 2013-05-05 to 2013-05-09

Roelfsema, Christiaan M., Canto, Robert, Saunders, Megan, Leon, Javier X. (Leon Patino, Javier) and Albert, Simon (2015): Benthic and substrate cover data derived from photo-transect surveys in a Sub Set of Roviana Reef, Solomon Islands, 2013-05-05 to 2013-05-09. Pangaea. Dataset. doi:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.840757


 
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Project description
Underwater georeferenced photo-transect survey was conducted on May 5-9, 2013 at different sections of the reef flat, reef crest and reef slope in Roviana Reef, Solomon Islands. For this survey a snorkeler or diver swam over the bottom while taking photos of the benthos at a set height using a standard digital camera and towing a surface float GPS which was logging its track every five seconds. A standard digital compact camera was placed in an underwater housing and fitted with a 16 mm lens which provided a 1.0 m x 1.0 m footprint, at 0.5 m height above the benthos. Horizontal distance between photos was estimated by three fin kicks of the survey diver/snorkeler, which corresponded to a surface distance of approximately 2.0 - 4.0 m. The GPS was placed in a dry-bag and logged its position as it floated at the surface while being towed by the photographer. A total of 9378 benthic photos were taken. A floating GPS setup connected to the swimmer/diver by a line enabled recording of coordinates of each benthic. (Roelfsema and Phinn, 2009).
Approximation of coordinates of each benthic photo was done based on the photo timestamp and GPS coordinate time stamp, using GPS Photo Link Software (http://www.geospatialexperts.com). Coordinates of each photo were interpolated by finding the gps coordinates that were logged at a set time before and after the photo was captured.
Dominant benthic or substrate cover type was assigned to each photo by placing 24 points random over each image using the Coral Point Count excel program (Kohler and Gill, 2006). Each point was then assigned a dominant cover type. Using a benthic cover type classification scheme containing ten first-level categories (Coral, Algae, Seagrass, Non-living) and 64 subcategories that were derived from Roelfsema et al. 2013.
Benthic cover composition summary of each photo scores was generated automatically using CPCE program. The resulting benthic cover data of each photo was linked to gps coordinates, saved as an ArcMap point shapefile, and projected to Universal Transverse Mercator WGS84 Zone 57 South.

Contact name Christiaan M. Roelfsema
Contact email c.roelfsema@uq.edu.au
Creator name Roelfsema, Christiaan M.
Canto, Robert
Saunders, Megan
Leon, Javier X. (Leon Patino, Javier)
Albert, Simon
Creator(s) role Principal Investigator
Dataset name Benthic and substrate cover data derived from photo-transect surveys in a Sub Set of Roviana Reef, Solomon Islands, 2013-05-05 to 2013-05-09
Dataset description
Benthic and substrate cover data derived from photo-transect surveys in a Sub Set of Roviana Reef, Solomon Islands, 2013-05-05 to 2013-05-09
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ANZSRC Field of Research (FoR) Code 040699 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
050205 Environmental Management
050206 Environmental Monitoring
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
DOI doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.840757
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Type of data dBase
Shapefiles
Data Volume 136KB
Language eng
Collection start date 2013-05-05
Collection end date 2013-05-09
Keyword Habitat Mapping
Roviana, Solomons
Field data
Coral reefs
Geographic co-ordinates

156.990509,-8.143886 157.630463,-8.143886 157.630463,-8.434700 156.990509,-8.434700 156.990509,-8.143886

Collection type Dataset
Publisher Pangaea
Publication Year 2015
Copyright notice 2015, The University of Queensland

 
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