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Field Activity Details for field activity 2020-308-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Coral Reef Ecosystems Studies - CREST (GX.22.MN00.E3R50.00)

Principal Investigator(s): Ilsa Kuffner, Lauren Toth

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Lucy Bartlett

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments (biological), Environmental Data: Temperature, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Primary purpose is a site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations to measure coral and algal calcification rates - extending the coral-calcification assessment network to another NPS unit in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Buck Island Reef National Monument (BUIS).

Vehicle(s): None

Start Port/Location: Christiansted, VI

End Port/Location: Christiansted, VI

Start Date: 2020-06-15

End Date: 2020-06-19

Equipment Used: Balance, Pneumatic Drill, Settling plates, Other, HOBO Water Temperature Pro V2 Data Logger, Other, Digital Camera, Garmin GPS, Other

Information to be Derived: ESA-listed coral growth rates; underwater temperature; algal accretion rates.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Conducted site visit to coral calcification monitoring stations in U.S. Virgin Islands: Buck Island Reef National Monument (BUIS) to measure coral and algal calcification rates. Gathered coral growth rates, underwater temperature and collected algae disks to measure accretion rates.

Staff: Ilsa Kuffner, Billy Reynolds, Anastasios Stathakopoulos

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2019-368-FA

**Due to Covid-19 lockdown, researchers did not go on this trip during the originally scheduled dates of April 19-May 15, 2020**

Location:

Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, USVI

Boundaries
North: 17.79211382 South: 17.78190285 West: -64.62915336 East: -64.60828027

Platform(s):


Other

Publications

Portals/Viewers

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Balance --- Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)
Pneumatic Drill --- Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)
Settling plates --- Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)
Other --- --- ---
HOBO Water Temperature Pro V2 Data Logger --- Temperature
Other --- --- ---
Digital Camera --- Photo
Video
Garmin GPS --- Navigation
Other --- --- ---

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