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Survey of mudflats of Boyne estuary, Co Louth, Ireland

Data holding centreMARENCO Environmental Consultants
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period1998-2000
Geographical area

Boyne estuary, County Louth, Ireland


Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Zoobenthos generic abundance; Sediment grain size parameters; Dissolved metal concentrations in the water column; Particulate metal concentrations in the water column; Nutrient concentrations in sediment pore waters; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Dissolved organic carbon concentrations in sediment pore waters; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Inorganic chemical composition of sediment or rocks; Temperature of the water column; Concentration of suspended particulate material in the water column; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance


Nutrient analysers; discrete water samplers; salinity sensor; dissolved gas sensors; unconsolidated sediment corers; sediment porewater samplers; elemental analysers


These surveys are part of a comprehensive study undertaken on the Boyne estuary as part of a harbour development project. The main research involved macrofaunal sampling of mudflats at twenty different stations. Samples were collected in triplicate using a 0.01 square metre cylindrical corer. An accredited laboratory was responsible for identifying the samples to family level. A saltmarsh survey in the same area was also undertaken. Data are stored in Excel spreadsheets. Reports also accompany each data set. Water quality monitoring has been undertaken at one fixed location since December 1999 and continues on a bimonthly basis. Parameters measured include nutrients and metals.

OriginatorsMARENCO Environmental Consultants
OrganisationMARENCO Environmental Consultants
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactDr Beverley Kelso (Marine Consultant)

MARENCO Environmental Consultants
Elmwood House, 74 Boucher Road
Northern Ireland
BT12 6RZ
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 2890 682275
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1074013
Global identifier826
Last revised2010-11-22