Predictive habitat modeling for deep-sea corals in US waters

Guinotte JM, Georgian S, Kinlan BP, Poti M, Davies AJ

In this Spot Light article in the The State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States 2015, we discuss recent efforts in predictive habitat modeling (PHM) for deep-sea corals in US waters. PHM is a cost-effective method for extending the range and utility of expensive and time consuming field efforts to identify deep-sea coral habitat in locations that have not been sampled. PHM is not intended and should not be used as a substitute for field surveys via remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), submersibles, and similar instruments. Instead, modeling is one component of a highly integrated process that includes biological surveys, oceanographic data gathering efforts, management and conservation actions, and new exploration and scientific efforts.

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Full Citation

Guinotte JM, Georgian S, Kinlan BP, Poti M, Davies AJ (2016) Predictive Habitat Modeling for Deep-Sea Corals in U.S. Waters. In: Hourigan TF, Etnoyer PJ, Cairns SD (eds) The State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States: 2015. NOAA Technical Memorandum X. NOAA, Silver Spring, p 8-1 – 8-24.

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https://deepseacoraldata.noaa.gov/library/2015-state-of-deep-sea-corals-report