|Edmunds, Peter J.||California State University Northridge (CSU-Northridge)||Principal Investigator|
|Bramanti, Lorenzo||Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6) (UPMC)||Co-Principal Investigator|
|Biddle, Mathew||Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI BCO-DMO)||BCO-DMO Data Manager|
The abundance of the peyssonnelid algal crust was measured using 50 m video transects (recorded with a GoPro Hero 3) at 3, 5, and 7 m depth at five sites, haphazardly selected between Cabritte Horn and White Point on the south shore of St. John. Still images (n = 20 transect-1, each ~ 250 cm2) were randomly extracted and analyzed for percentage cover of peyssonnelids using a grid of 25 squares that were scored for dominance by this alga (i.e., 4% resolution).
BCO-DMO Processing Notes:
|Site||identifier for the site||unitless|
|Transect_Number||identifier for the transect||unitless|
|Depth||depth of observation||meters (m)|
|Cover||percent cover||percent (%)|
|Dataset-specific Instrument Name|| |
GoPro Hero 3
|Generic Instrument Name|| |
|Dataset-specific Description|| |
recorded with a GoPro Hero 3
|Generic Instrument Description|| |
All types of photographic equipment including stills, video, film and digital systems.
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