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Favorability of environmental conditions for coral reefs in Guam and American Samoa under multiple climate scenarios


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Moritsch, M.M., 2021, Favorability of environmental conditions for coral reefs in Guam and American Samoa under multiple climate scenarios: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This dataset consists of raster geotiff outputs of relative environmental favorability for coral growth and survival in the United States territories of Guam and American Samoa across 3 climate scenarios: Present, Intermediate Emissions (Representative Concentration Pathway 4.5), and Worst Case Emissions (Representative Concentration Pathway 4.5). These datasets were generated from a synthesis of spatial variability in many environmental conditions, including thermal stress, wave power, irradiance, chlorophyll concentrations, macroalgal cover, calcite concentrations, turbidity, and erosion. Input conditions were classified as “Managed” or “Non-managed” based on whether the condition could be managed at the island scale. Environmental [...]


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This data can be used to visualize patterns of environmental favorability for coral growth and survival, highlighting similarities and dissimilarities in geographic patters across climate scenarios. These data were generated as part of a partnership between USGS and the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) to fill ocean data gaps identified by the Regional Ocean Data Sharing Initiative. The data can be used with geographic information systems (GIS) software for research purposes.


Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Although this Federal Geographic Data Committee-compliant metadata file is intended to document the data set in nonproprietary form, as well as in Esri format, this metadata file may include some Esri-specific terminology. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.


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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Pacific Islands CASC



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DOI doi:10.5066/P9N32V3M

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