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Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: Impacts to Avifauna from the Tohoku Tsunami 2011

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2010
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2011

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Berkowitz, P., Courtot, K.N., and Reynolds, M.H., 2018, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: Impacts to Avifauna from the Tohoku Tsunami 2011: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F708647F.

Summary

This collection of nine datasets covers Midway Atoll and Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and was created to help estimate the impacts of the March 11, 2011 tsunami event on avifauna in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. For each island, we generated a coastline dataset and a land cover dataset based on satellite imagery taken the year before the tsuanmi event. We also created datasets of the inundation extent during the tsunami event based on GPS track files of the high water mark, taken by staff scientists stationed on the islands at the time of the tsunami. Additionally, nest distribution data were collected for black-footed albatrosses (Phoebastria nigripes) at Midway Atoll.

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NWHI Impacts to Avifauna from the Tohoku Tsunami 2011.xml
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BFAL and LAAL nests at Midway Atoll.jpg
“Black-footed & Laysan albatrosses nesting at Midway Atoll. Photo: John Klavitter”
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Purpose

The primary purpose of generating these datasets was to estimate the impacts of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami on avifauna and avifauna habitat in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, specifically Midway Atoll and Laysan Island. The inundation extents were used in conjunction with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological survey data to estimate the proportion of nesting habitat that was inundated. For species without specific nest-site data, we estimated the proportion of inundated nesting habitat based on landcover maps and known species-specific nesting habitat use.
Black-footed & Laysan albatrosses nesting at Midway Atoll. Photo: John Klavitter
Black-footed & Laysan albatrosses nesting at Midway Atoll. Photo: John Klavitter

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