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Data set name

Macrozoobenthos Time Series from the Wadden Sea (1970-)

Data holding centreNIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
CountryNetherlands  Netherlands
Time period1970 onwards (28 years)
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Wadden Sea

Observations 
Parameters

Habitat characterisation

Instruments

Benthos samplers

Description 
Summary

NIOZ has a solid tradition concerning long-term time series collected in the western Wadden Sea. Data on salinity and temperature in the Marsdiep inlet go back to 1860, while data on phytoplankton in the Marsdiep have been collected since 1968, zoobenthos on the Balgzand since 1970, inter tidal fish trap catches since 1960, and breeding success of Eiderducks on Vlieland since 1962. These series reveal a wealth of information on the long-term functioning of the marine ecosystem. Analysis of these series to establish relationships of observed changes with changing natural and man-induced variables is the major topic of this theme. The long-term series of macrozoobenthos data collected twice annually at 15 stations on Balgzand, which started in 1970, is continued and showed all time high values for total biomass.

OriginatorsNIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Data web sitehttp://www.nioz.nl/en/deps/mee/projects/longterm/longterm.htm
Availability 
OrganisationNIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
AvailabilityMoratorium
ContactT.F. de Bruin
Address

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Landsdiep 4 P.O. Box 59
Den Burg/Texel

1790 AB
Netherlands

Telephone+31 (0)222-369479
Facsimile+31 222 319674
Emailbruin@nioz.nl
Administration 
Collating centreNational Oceanographic Data Committee
Local identifier20002098
Global identifier2976
Last revised2010-01-29