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Zoobenthos in Danish marine areas

Data holding centreThe Danish Nature Agency
CountryDenmark  Denmark
Time period1982 - 1992
Geographical area

North Sea, Kattegat, Belt Sea and western Baltic Proper plus The Wadden Sea, Ringkobing Fjord, Horsens Fjord


Zooplankton and zoobenthos morphological parameters; Sediment grain size parameters; Sediment water content, porosity and surface area; Zooplankton and zoobenthos development stage parameters


For surveying purposes macrozoobenthos has been sampled 1-3 times at some 200 stations within 9 areas in the above mentioned regions. A more extensive survey carried out in late 1988 covered 29 additional stations. In the spring of 1989 a time series including 21 of the 329 stations was started and has run since with sampling of zoobenthos and sediment in April and October (only 9 stations). Video and photography has supplemented the sampling from the survey from 1988 onwards. At the field stations in the Wadden Sea, Ringkobing Fjord and Horsens Fjord the benthic fauna is monitored in wading depth and results are published in the annual field station reports. The data include species, numbers, biomass measured as wet weight, dry weight and ash free dry weight, sediment grain size, and sediment wet weight, dry weight and organic content measured by combustion.

OriginatorsAarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Marine Ecology Roskilde
The Danish Nature Agency
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OrganisationThe Danish Nature Agency
ContactNot supplied (Head of Nature Monitoring Division)

The Danish Nature Agency
Haraldsgade 53

DK-2100 Ø

Telephone+45 45 765376 (from February 1993 +45 39 271100)
Collating centreAarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Marine Ecology Roskilde
Local identifier13007002
Global identifier1096
Last revised2009-03-18