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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Regional Office (SERO), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) have partnered to produce an online tool to allow for the open dissemination of Acropora spp. presence/absence data for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The ArcGIS geodatabase has been built to provide a mechanism to view the locations of Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis. It also allows for users to update the information with their data using either the 'survey tool' or the template. The ‘survey tool’ should be used for adding fewer than 10 data points and the template should be used for the addition of more than 10 data points (sightings). A minimum of latitude, longitude, date of sighting and species is required to submit data. Once submitted, that data will be quality checked and formatted by the Acropora librarian and added to the database. The Template may be returned to the Acropora Librarian via email when completed.

New data will be incorporated on a monthly basis. Last update was 2011.02.09

The geodatabase was initially populated with multi-agency data from federal, state, university and non-government organizations. These agencies include NOAA, National Park Service, FWC, University of Miami, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and the National Coral Reef Institute. All datasets include, at a minimum, Acropora spp. presence/absence and geographic coordinates.

Absense: Area was surveyed and the species was not present on the GIVEN date
Presence: Area was surveyed and the species was present on the GIVEN date

The geodatabase is presented here via the online ArcGIS Server developed by FWRI. This allows for the selection of viewable and downloadable datasets. The server will be actively updated when new data are provided. Prior to new datasets being viewable online, NOAA and FWC will perform quality control. This process will insure the data being provided are accurate and complete as possible.

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