Data from: Abiotic proxies for predictive mapping of near-shore benthic assemblages: Implications for marine spatial planning

McHenry J, Steneck RS, Brady DC

Date Published: November 9, 2016

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.cs17q.2

 

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Title McHenry_etal_2016_Survey_Data
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Description The data comes from a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) survey conducted during the summer months of 2010-2013 along the coastal Gulf of Maine shelf. The survey aimed 1) to characterize the distribution and abundance of benthic megafauna with respect to near-shore abiotic conditions, 2) to develop spatially-explicit maps of ecological attributes of near-shore benthic assemblages, and 3) use such maps to inform the application of ecological principles when engaging in marine spatial planning. This file contains a data matrix of species abundances for the most dominantly observed species (i.e., greater than 5 observations), assemblage biomass, economic value, and shannon-weiner species diversity by site, along with values of associated summertime abiotic conditions (i.e.,mean transect depth, substrate type, water-mass position, bottom temperature, bottom current speed/direction, and bottom salinity). Depth and substrate type values were recorded from the ROV surveys, while the water-mass values were acquired from HYCOM GLBu0.08 4D model output via the Marine Geo-spatial Ecology Toolbox in ArcGIS 10.3. See McHenry et al. 2016 for a full description the survey design, data processing methods, and analytical approaches used by this study.
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Title McHenry_etal2016_benthic_maps
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Description This layer package (.lpk) contains raster layers (.tif) and associated metadata (.xml) for spatially explicit maps of average summertime benthic species diversity, assemblage biomass (kg per 100 square meters), and economic value ($ per 100sq meters) along the Gulf of Maine coastal shelf. These maps were derived by McHenry et al. 2016-- a study that aimed 1) to characterize the distribution and abundance of benthic megafauna with respect to near-shore abiotic conditions, 2) to develop spatially-explicit maps of ecological attributes of near-shore benthic assemblages, and 3) to use such maps to inform the application of ecological principles when engaging in marine spatial planning. See McHenry et al. 2016 for a full description the survey assessment design, data processing methods, and modeling approaches used.
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When using this data, please cite the original publication:

McHenry J, Steneck RS, Brady DC (2017) Abiotic proxies for predictive mapping of nearshore benthic assemblages: implications for marine spatial planning. Ecological Applications 27(2): 603-618. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eap.1469

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McHenry J, Steneck RS, Brady DC (2016) Data from: Abiotic proxies for predictive mapping of near-shore benthic assemblages: Implications for marine spatial planning. Dryad Digital Repository. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.cs17q.2
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