Publication Date

8-2018

Committee Chair

Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Fang Ren, Ph.D.

Abstract

Ecological Marine Units (EMUs), traditionally created at the global scale, provide information about ocean ecosystems from sea surface to sea floor. This project used data for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located in the Gulf of Mexico, to create localized EMUs. A 3D point mesh was created from ecological data collected at different depths and times. Statistical analyses, clustering, benthic terrain analysis, and 3D visualization were then used to produce more detailed and more temporally-specific EMUs. The results show that creating localized EMUs do in fact provide more detail for small areas such as this marine sanctuary. The results also provided the sanctuary with a classification of the seafloor attributes, useful in identifying important benthic characteristics.

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