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Methods Used to Map the Benthic Habitats of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Author(s): Kendall, M.S., M.E. Monaco, K.R. Buja, J.D. Christensen, C.R. Kruer, and M. Finkbeiner, R.A. Warner
NCCOS Center: CCMA
Center Team: Biogeography
Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD
Publication Type: Abstract
Date of Publication: 2001
Puerto Rico, USVI
Abstract: The Biogeography Branch of NOAA/NOS/NCCOS acquired aerial photographs for the nearshore waters of Puerto Rico and
the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1999. These images were used to create maps of the region’s coral reefs, seagrass beds,
mangrove forests, and other important habitats. A primary product of this project is a benthic habitat map.
This document describes the specific methods used to create this map.
Twenty-six distinct benthic habitat types within nine zones were mapped directly into a
geographic information system (GIS) using visual interpretation of orthorectified aerial photographs. To
supplement the maps, digital scans of the original aerial photographs, georeferenced mosaics, a GIS
mapping tool for use with ArcView, and supporting data sets were also created. To see or download this
information, visit http://biogeo.nos.noaa.gov/projects/mapping/caribbean/.
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