AUV-based classification of benthic communities of the Ningaloo shelf and mesophotic areas

AUV-based classification of benthic communities of the Ningaloo shelf and mesophotic areas Coral Reefs https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-018-1700-3 REPORT AUV-based classification of benthic communities of the Ningaloo shelf and mesophotic areas 1,2 1,2,3 1 1 • • • Joseph A. Turner Russell C. Babcock Renae Hovey Gary A. Kendrick Received: 22 October 2017 / Accepted: 22 May 2018 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Despite a growing understanding of the impor- the importance of substrate (cover of sand, rock, and tance of mesophotic ecosystems, they remain relatively gravel/pebbles), geomorphological variables (slope and unexplored globally, and particularly in the Indian Ocean. bathymetric position index) and temperature in the distri- The composition of benthic communities of the Ningaloo bution of communities. Marine Park in deeper water ([ 20 m) was determined using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Environ- Keywords Benthic communities  Continental shelf mental variables collected by the AUVs as well as geo- Coral  Invertebrates  Mesophotic  Ningaloo morphological variables derived from high-resolution multibeam bathymetry were used to explain the distribu- tion of these communities. Imagery was classified for Introduction benthic biota, and non-hierarchical k-means clustering was used to identify community groups. Overall, 12 community Marine benthic communities face continual and increasing groups were identified which fell into three broad cate- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Coral Reefs Springer Journals

AUV-based classification of benthic communities of the Ningaloo shelf and mesophotic areas

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Oceanography
ISSN
0722-4028
eISSN
1432-0975
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00338-018-1700-3
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Coral Reefs https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-018-1700-3 REPORT AUV-based classification of benthic communities of the Ningaloo shelf and mesophotic areas 1,2 1,2,3 1 1 • • • Joseph A. Turner Russell C. Babcock Renae Hovey Gary A. Kendrick Received: 22 October 2017 / Accepted: 22 May 2018 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Despite a growing understanding of the impor- the importance of substrate (cover of sand, rock, and tance of mesophotic ecosystems, they remain relatively gravel/pebbles), geomorphological variables (slope and unexplored globally, and particularly in the Indian Ocean. bathymetric position index) and temperature in the distri- The composition of benthic communities of the Ningaloo bution of communities. Marine Park in deeper water ([ 20 m) was determined using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Environ- Keywords Benthic communities  Continental shelf mental variables collected by the AUVs as well as geo- Coral  Invertebrates  Mesophotic  Ningaloo morphological variables derived from high-resolution multibeam bathymetry were used to explain the distribu- tion of these communities. Imagery was classified for Introduction benthic biota, and non-hierarchical k-means clustering was used to identify community groups. Overall, 12 community Marine benthic communities face continual and increasing groups were identified which fell into three broad cate-

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Coral ReefsSpringer Journals

Published: May 28, 2018

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