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SEACAR - Indices

Indices are a cumulative summary of various indicators that quantify information in a more usable format. They reflect managed resources or specific habitats that have been identified as priorities for the determination of long-term ecosystem conditions and trends as well as for the creation of an index of submerged habitat condition.

The following habitat indices were identified for inclusion in the SEACAR project:

  • Water ColumnΔ
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)Δ
  • Oyster/Oyster Reef
  • Coastal Wetlands (Salt Marsh to Mangrove)
  • Coral/Coral Reef

Ecological indicators will be selected for the prioritized indices within each region.

ΔSubmerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) - Grasses that grow to the surface of — but do not emerge from — shallow water (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2016).

ΔWater Column - a conceptual column of water from the surface of a sea, river or lake to the bottom sediments which is used to describe the different features found in the water at different depths (National Oceanographic Center, 2016). 

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February 24, 2020 - 3:09pm

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