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Netherlands National Monitoring of Macrofauna in the Voordelta Region (1991-)

Data holding centreRijkswaterstaat Centrale Informatievoorziening
CountryNetherlands  Netherlands
ProjectNational Biological Monitoring Programme(MON*BIOLOGIE)
Time period1991-present
Geographical area

Voordelta. The area up to 10 km offshore from the Zeeland and Zuid-Holland islands and estuaries.


Sediment grain size parameters; Zoobenthos dry weight biomass; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance


Unconsolidated sediment corers; optical microscopes; X-ray diffractometers


MON*BIO is a part of the Monitoring programme of the National Water Systems (in Dutch : Monitoring Waterstaatkundige Toestand des Lands; MWTL) The primary goal of the MWTL programme is to provide physical, chemical and biological information in relation to long term developments. So the focal point for the monitoring programme is based on trend detection. Another aim is to check the compliance to national and international assessment criteria. The Dutch marine and brackish waters are dived into areas. In field GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE the area is mentioned. In this part of the MON*BIO programme is divided in littoral and sublittoral. The starting date mentioned is not necessarily the same for every parameter or location this can differ from one parameter or location to another. The given date is the first year data is available of one or more locations. During the given period more or less locations can be inspected due to changes in the national monitoring programme. All inspections are carried out by Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). The frequency of collecting the samples is once or twice a year. Sublittoral: This programme started in 1991. For actual planning:

OriginatorsRijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic and Environment
Data web site
OrganisationRijkswaterstaat Centrale Informatievoorziening
ContactNot supplied (Service Desk Data)

Rijkswaterstaat Centrale Informatievoorziening
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Telephone+31 (0)15 275 77 00
Facsimile+31 15 275 75 76
Collating centreNational Oceanographic Data Committee
Local identifier20001071
Global identifier2937
Last revised2009-09-21