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Data set name

A Global Plankton Database: An Inventory and Data From the Former Soviet Union Expeditions

Data holding centreInstitute of Biology of the Southern Seas, NAS of Ukraine
CountryUkraine  Ukraine
Time period1954-1995
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Aral Sea

Observations 
Parameters

Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Transmittance and attenuance of the water column; Bacteria generic abundance in water bodies; Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Phytoplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Primary production in the water column; Secchi disk depth; Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Temperature of the water column; Zooplankton taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column; Zooplankton non taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column; Phaeopigment concentrations in the water column; Phytoplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Salinity of the water column; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column

Instruments

Plankton nets; discrete water samplers; CTD

Description 
Summary

Core international projects dealing with the ocean, as well as the UNEP Biodiversity and Climate Change Program, have emphasized an urgent need for information on the impact of climate change on species diversity and on the development of efforts to deal with this impact. In order to assess this impact, a global database of historical data sets is needed. For instance, there is a lack of knowledge on the interannual climate-related variability of zooplankton communities of the tropical Atlantic, central Mediterranean Sea, Caspian Sea, Aral Sea, and Arabian Sea due to the absence of appropriate databases. The general goal was to develop a plankton database of the Former Soviet Union expeditions (carried out by the academic research vessels), available for the international scientific community. This database contains 41 expeditions to the Atlantic Ocean and over 30 expeditions to the enclosed seas of the Atlantic Ocean, including over 30 years of sampling in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Aral Sea, and 14 expeditions to the Indian Ocean.

OriginatorsInstitute of Biology of the Southern Seas, NAS of Ukraine
Data web sitehttp://web.pml.ac.uk/globec//data/plankton/Information/index.htm
Availability 
OrganisationInstitute of Biology of the Southern Seas, NAS of Ukraine
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactSergey Piontkovskiy
Address

Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, NAS of Ukraine
2, Nakhimov ave.
Sevastopol

99011
Ukraine

Telephone+380 692 544110
Facsimile+380 692 557813
Emailspiontkovski@gmail.com
Administration 
Collating centreMarine Hydrophysical Institute
Local identifierIBSS7
Global identifier5331
Last revised2011-03-25