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Title: Needs and gaps in optical underwater technologies and methods for the investigation of marine animal forest 3D-structural complexity
Author: Rossi, Paolo
Ponti, Massimo
Righi, Sara
Castagnetti, Cristina
Simonini, Roberto
Mancini, Francesco
Agrafiotis, Panagiotis
Bassani, Leonardo
Bruno, Fabio
Cerrano, Carlo
Cignoni, Paolo
Corsini, Massimiliano
Drap, Pierre
Dubbini, Marco
Garrabou, Joaquim
Gori, Andrea
Gracias, Nuno
Ledoux, Jean-Baptiste
Linares Prats, Cristina
Pulido Mantas, Torcuato
Menna, Fabio
Nocerino, Erica
Palma, Marco
Pavoni, Gaia
Ridolfi, Alessandro
Rossi, Sergio
Skarlatos, Dimitrios
Treibitz, Tali
Turicchia, Eva
Yuval, Matan
Capra, Alessandro
Keywords: Fauna marina
Dades de recerca
Marine fauna
Research data
Issue Date: Mar-2021
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Abstract: Marine animal forests are benthic communities dominated by sessile suspension feeders (such as sponges, corals, and bivalves) able to generate three-dimensional (3D) frameworks with high structural complexity. The biodiversity and functioning of marine animal forests are strictly related to their 3D complexity. The present paper aims at providing new perspectives in underwater optical surveys. Starting from the current gaps in data collection and analysis that critically limit the study and conservation of marine animal forests, we discuss the main technological and methodological needs for the investigation of their 3D structural complexity at different spatial and temporal scales. Despite recent technological advances, it seems that several issues in data acquisition and processing need to be solved, to properly map the different benthic habitats in which marine animal forests are present, their health status and to measure structural complexity. Proper precision and accuracy should be chosen and assured in relation to the biological and ecological processes investigated. Besides, standardized methods and protocols are strictly necessary to meet the FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability) data principles for the stewardship of habitat mapping and biodiversity, biomass, and growth data.
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It is part of: Frontiers In Marine Science, 2021, vol. 8, p. 591292
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ISSN: 2296-7745
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