Field and simulation analyses of visual methods for sampling coral cover

  title={Field and simulation analyses of visual methods for sampling coral cover},
  author={Marc-Olivier Nadon and G. D. Stirling},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
The consensus view that coral reefs are declining urges the need to test the short-term effects of conservation. Visual sampling methods are a low cost, technically simple, and potentially highly accurate means of monitoring reef status or calibrating larger scale aerial and satellite surveys. We studied the recent literature and found that of the three most commonly used visual methods, the belt transect (BT) method was used twice as much as the line transect (LT) method and 2.5 times as often… CONTINUE READING
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