Surfgrass Community Structure - Monitoring - BC Central Coast - 2016-2017

The Surfgrass community structure dataset is a component of the Hakai Institute’s Nearshore research and monitoring program, designed to capture change in rocky intertidal habitats. The overarching objective of Hakai Nearshore research is to investigate the role of habitats and their associated communities, in the face of stress and disturbances from global climate change and local coastal perturbations.

The structure, health, and coverage of surfgrass beds (Phyllospadix spp.) was surveyed at three sites along the northwestern coast of Calvert Island on the central coast of BC. All three sites were exposed rocky shores with large beds of surfgrass growing in the low intertidal. The beds were surveyed using a point-intercept method along a single transect. The placement and length of the transect was replicated through time. Various parameters (e.g., surfgrass cover, understorey/overstorey cover, bed thickness) of the surfgrass were assessed at each point. The sites were approximately surveyed on a monthly basis from April to September, with a winter survey in February 2017. Three surveys were conducted in 2016 and five in 2017.

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Metadata Reference Date(s) January 12, 2022 (Revision)
January 13, 2022 (Publication)
Dataset Reference Date(s) June 27, 2016 (Creation)
October 12, 2020 (Publication)
Frequency of Update As Needed

Responsible Party 1
Name
Margot Hessing-Lewis
Affiliation
Hakai Institute
Email
margot@hakai.org
Role
  • Distributor
  • Owner
Responsible Party 2
Name
Alyssa Gehman
Affiliation
Hakai Institute
Email
alyssa.gehman@hakai.org
Role
  • Point of Contact
  • Principal Investigator
Responsible Party 3
Name
Tyrel Froese
Affiliation
Hakai Institute
Email
tyrel.froese@hakai.org
Role
  • Custodian
  • Point of Contact
Responsible Party 4
Name
Gillian Sadlier-Brown
Affiliation
Hakai Institute
Email
gillian.sadlierbrown@hakai.org
Role
Point of Contact

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Ocean Variables
  • Seagrass cover and composition
  • Other
Scope Dataset
Status On Going
Topic Category oceans
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North Bounding Latitude 51.67
South Bounding Latitude 51.63
East Bounding Longitude -128.1
West Bounding Longitude -128.2
Temporal Extent
Begin
2016-06-27
End
2017-09-19
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-5.0
Max
0.0
Default Locale English
Citation identifier
Code
10.21966/nrmz-a516