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Evaluation of coral reef seascape in 'Āhihi Kīna'u, Maui with perspectives in landscape ecology

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Title: Evaluation of coral reef seascape in 'Āhihi Kīna'u, Maui with perspectives in landscape ecology
Authors: Stender, Yuko Okano
Keywords: coral reef
coral reef seascape
landscape ecology
'Āhihi Kīna'u Natural Area Reserve System
Issue Date: Dec 2012
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2012]
Abstract: The primary focus of this study was to produce temporal and spatial information needed to assist in the management of 'Āhihi Kīna'u Natural Area Reserve System (NARS). The research goals included quantifying temporal changes in inshore biological communities resulting from shoreline access closure, and characterizing spatial patterns of coral and crustose coralline algae (CCA) using a spatial statistical approach. Resultant temporal change in a location known as the Montipora Pond showed decreased live coral and increased dead coral during this study. Spatial structure and local clustering of CCA cover existed, but it was negligible for coral. CCA cover was better estimated by a spatial correlation model. Coral cover exhibited no autocorrelation, but weak spatial dependence on covariates. The spatial statistical approach should be considered in future studies. New temporal and spatial information produced during this study comprises a valuable baseline that will support future preservation and management decisions.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2012.
Includes bibliographical references.
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