Application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) to Deep-Sea Benthic Surveys in the Northeast Pacific: Lessons from Field Tests in 2015.
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The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) is a comprehensive, standard terminology published in 2014. The standard is intended to unify habitat classification efforts, in order to allow for broader integration and comparison of data. The standard is well-developed, and has been implemented in some regions, but CMECS not been tested extensively in the deep sea. NOAA has set a milestone to adopt recommended best practices and standards, such as CMECS, within NOAA's Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping Program, since 2013 (NOC 2013), so there is a timely need for guidance directed toward the deep-sea research community about how to apply this standardized methodology. This report summarizes the findings from a short-term research project that engaged field teams during three deep-sea benthic surveys in the US Pacific in 2015, including telepresence-enabled cruises in Southern California and Hawaii. The researchers conducted post-cruise analyses to process images fr.....
PublisherNOAA National Ocean Service
Series;NrNOAA Technical Memorandum;NOS NCCOS 228
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
Spatial CoverageNortheast Pacific Ocean
CitationBassett, R.D., Finkbeiner, M. and Etnoyer, P.J. (2017) Application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) to Deep-Sea Benthic Surveys in the Northeast Pacific: Lessons from Field Tests in 2015. Charleston, SC, NOAA National Ocean Service, 49 pp. ( NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 228). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-NCCOS-228
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