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Title: Benthic Data
Status: On Going

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program (Coral Program) invests approximately $5 million of its annual operating budget to support the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) for biological, climate, and socioeconomic monitoring throughout the U.S. Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico coral reef areas. The monitoring program is unique for its national scale across a vast geographic area as well as its progressive inclusion of social science integrated with biophysical science. The effort provides a consistent flow of information about the status and trends of environmental conditions, natural resources, and the people and processes that interact with coral reef ecosystems. The overarching goal is to collect the scientific data needed to evaluate changing conditions of U.S. coral reef ecosystems, which are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on earth, providing billions of dollars in food, jobs, recreational opportunities, coastal protection, and other important ecosystem services.

Within the benthic theme, the core indicators include: coral species abundance and size structure, coral diversity, coral condition, benthic percent cover, key coral and mobile invertebrate species, and reef rugosity. Data provided includes hard coral species percent cover. The line point intercept method provides a measure of percent cover of biotic and abiotic components of the benthos in a stratified random sampling design in hardbottom and coral reef habitats.

Data collections are from:

Flower Garden Banks


Puerto Rico:

US Virgin Islands:

The same data may be available from


Various NCEI Accessions

Various ERDDAP forms


To collect the scientific data needed to evaluate changing conditions of U.S. coral reef ecosystems

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1331095
Date Effective From: 2022
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Williams, Bethany
Address: 1305 East West Hwy
Silver , MD 20910
Email Address:
Phone: (240) 410-3320
Fax: (301) 713-4353
URL: ORID Bethany Willaims



CC ID: 1331094
Name: NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Coral Benthic Assessment Data -- Obis Data Page
URL Type:
Online Resource

Obis Page For NCRMP Data submitted by USGS

Allows download of certain Data And links to download of

Gulf of Mexico:


Puerto Rico:

US Virgin Islands:



CC ID: 1274277
Date: 2010-12-09 00:00:00
Author: Sarah Hile

Why were Updated NCRMP 2017-2019 data/dictionaries files submitted to NCEI for all Accessions (both benthic and fish) from 2017-2019, in USVI, PR and Flower Gardens Bank


To provide standardization in column header names and names of data files, and updated descriptions and names for the associated dictionary files.

There are NO changes to actual data values, nor metadata

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 70663
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:70663
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2023-08-28 19:43+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2024-04-16 14:47+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2023-08-28
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2023-08-28
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2024-08-28