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Workshop report : improving data collection, storage handling, visualization, and analyses for coral reef monitoring programs
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    "A workshop was conducted to improve the analytical expertise within resource monitoring and management programs in American Samoa. Key topics covered were database development, data querying, univariate and multivariate visualization, statistical power assessments, and assessments of overall monitoring program designs. The workshop represented a logical progression of previous analytical themes that Dr. Peter Houk (instructor) has introduced to local programs during 2008. The previous workshop provided an introduction to database designs, data querying, and basic visualization of data queries using exemplary data from coral-reef monitoring programs outside of American Samoa. The present workshop utilized two modern sets of data that were made available to resource managers and of direct relevance to their reef ecosystems: 1) decadal datasets pertaining to coral, benthic substrate, and fish assemblages collected by Dr. Houk in partnership with American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) since 2003, and 2) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) fish datasets collected from Tutuila in both 2010 and 2012 graciously provided by NOAA-CRED scientists. The workshop began with a review of previous concepts, and then advanced several key topics: localized database querying for user-defined needs, assessments of statistical power and sampling designs, building of compelling and professional graphics to display data, and multivariate approaches towards data assessments (Appendix 1). The format of the workshop began with hands on presentations and exercises conducted simultaneously by both Dr. Houk and participants. However, each day also included independent and group exercises for participants to showcase their skills and present back to the group. Beyond analytical skillsets, key outcomes also included a deeper understanding of coral-reef and fish assemblage dynamics across Tutuila since 2003 developed from the perspective of two different datasets. This represented a strong foundation for current biologists to base their evolving question-based monitoring designs. Last, the workshop was presented in a generalized format with relevance to both terrestrial and marine scientists and managers, as keen interested during the workshop clearly existed across resource managers"--Workshop background and summary.

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