The area of potential shallow-water tropical and subtropical coral ecosystems in the United States

  title={The area of potential shallow-water tropical and subtropical coral ecosystems in the United States},
  author={S. Rohmann and J. J. Hayes and R. Newhall and M. Monaco and R. Grigg},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Geographic information system-based analysis was used to derive comprehensive, consistent estimates of the potential area of broadly defined, shallow-water, tropical and subtropical coral ecosystems within the territorial sea and exclusive economic zone of the United States. A coral ecosystem is composed of habitats including unconsolidated sediment, mangrove, hermatypic coral, colonized hardbottom, and submerged vegetation, and major structural zones like reef crest, lagoon, and fore reef… Expand

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