Reef Plan Monitoring of Inshore Coral Reef Communities, Great Barrier Reef

Monitoring has been carried out on inshore reefs since 2005. Benthic community monitoring program variables: percent cover of benthic organisms (hard corals, soft corals and macroalgae); settlement of coral larvae (numbers of spat settling to tiles) and densities of juvenile corals; numbers of genera; size distributions of coral colonies. Sediment sample variables: grain size fractions; nitrogen; organic, inorganic and total carbon. Geographic areas (note not all locations have all data in all years/seasons) relate to the NRM regions: Wet Tropics NRM, Burdekin NRM, Mackay Whitsunday NRM, Fitzroy NRM. Reef locations: Barren Island, Daydream Island, Dent Island, Double Cone Island, Dunk Island, Fitzroy Island, Frankland Group, Geoffrey Bay, Havannah Island, High Island, Hook Island, Humpy & Halfway Island, King Reef, Lady Elliot Reef, Middle Island, Middle Reef, North Barnard Group, North Keppel Island, Orpheus Island, Pandora Reef, Peak Island, Pelican Island, Pelorus Island, Pine Island, Seaforth Island, Shute & Tancred Island, Snapper Island.

Data forms a baseline for assessing future changes in coral community characteristics on inshore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. This dataset is associated with another dataset on inshore water quality under Reef Plan MMP (see separate metadata record) The objective of the biological monitoring of nearshore reefs is to document trends in the benthic reef communities on selected nearshore reefs. These changes may be due to acute disturbances such as cyclonic winds, bleaching and crown-of-thorns starfish as well as those related to land runoff (e.g. floods), which disrupt processes of recovery such as recruitment and growth.

These data are collected in conjunction with another dataset: Inshore Water Quality as part of the Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program. Related AIMS Publications Haynes D, Waterhouse J, Innes J, Vella K, Furnas MJ and Schaffelke B (2005) Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan). First annual marine monitoring programme report. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. 67 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7507 Schaffelke B, Furnas MJ and Waterhouse J (eds) (2005) Report on status and trends of water quality and ecosystem health in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area: September 2005. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority & CRC Reef Research. 162 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7470 CRC Reef Consortium (2006) Water quality and ecosystem monitoring programs - Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Final report August 2006. An unpublished report to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. CRC Reef Research Centre. 308 pp + Vol 2 Appendices 138 pp. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7485 Prange J, Haynes D, Schaffelke B and Waterhouse J (2007) Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan). Annual Monitoring Report. Reporting on data available from December 2004 to April 2006. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. 115 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7620 Schaffelke B, Thompson AA, Carleton JH, De'ath AG, Doyle JR, Feather G, Furnas MJ, Neale SJ, Skuza MS, Thomson DP, Sweatman HPA, Wright M and Zagorskis IE (2007) Water Quality and Ecosystem Monitoring Programme - Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Final Report to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 197 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7809 Schaffelke B, Thompson AA, Carleton JH, Cripps E, Davidson J, Doyle JR, Furnas MJ, Gunn K, Neale SJ, Skuza MS, Uthicke S, Wright M and Zagorskis IE (2008) Water Quality and Ecosystem Monitoring Programme - Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Final Report 2007/08. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 153 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=8007 Thompson AA, Schaffelke B, De'ath AG, Cripps E and Sweatman HPA (2010) Water quality and ecosystem monitoring programme. Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Synthesis and spatial analysis of inshore monitoring data 2005-08. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 78 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=8407 Schaffelke B, Thompson AA, Carleton JH, Davidson J, Doyle JR, Furnas MJ, Gunn K, Skuza MS, Wright M and Zagorskis IE (2009) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program: Final Report of AIMS Activities 2008/09. Report for Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 146 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=8372 Schaffelke B (2009) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program: Methods and Quality Assurance/Quality Control Procedures. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 337 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=8371 Thompson AA, Davidson J, Uthicke S, Schaffelke B, Patel FM and Sweatman HPA (2011) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program. Report of AIMS Activities - Inshore coral reef monitoring 2010. Report for Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 123 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=9126 Thompson AA, Costello P, Davidson J, Logan M, Schaffelke B, Uthicke S and Takahashi M (2011) Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program. Report of AIMS Activities - Inshore coral reef monitoring 2011. Report for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 128 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=9127

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Data collected from 01 Jan 2005


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Tags: Oceans - Coastal Processes - Coral Reefs | Oceans - Ocean Chemistry - Organic Carbon | Oceans - Ocean Chemistry - Nutrients | Oceans - Ocean Chemistry - Suspended Solids | Oceans - Ocean Temperature - Water Temperature | Oceans - Salinity/Density - Salinity | Oceans - Ocean Optics - Secchi Depth | Oceans - Ocean Optics - Turbidity | Biosphere - Aquatic Ecosystems - Benthic Habitat | Biological Classification - Plants - Macroalgae (seaweeds) | Biological Classification - Animals/Invertebrates - Cnidarians , Anthozoans/Hexacorals , Hard Or Stony Corals | Biological Classification - Animals/Invertebrates - Cnidarians , Anthozoans/Octocorals , Soft Corals | Coral settlement | Juvenile coral densities | Size distribution | Percent cover