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Data set name

Zoobenthos Monitoring of the Baltic Proper Area (1971-)

Data holding centreSwedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
CountrySweden  Sweden
Time period1971 - ongoing
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Baltic Proper

Observations 
Parameters

Air temperature; Cloud cover height and extent; Wind strength and direction; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related wet weight biomass per unit area of the bed

Description 
Summary

The project objectives are:

- to follow long-term trends in soft-bottom macrobenthic communities regarding their species composition, abundance and biomass; - to identify changes in biological diversity; - to determine the range of the natural variation in the community.

Taxonomical, zoogeographical information presents unique information to us, information which we cannot get by other, less work-intensive methods e.g. chemical analysis. Parameters and thereby identify the effects of non-natural impacts.

The soft-bottom macrobenthic community has been monitored regularly since 1980, once a year in May in the Asko-Landsort area. The BIOMAD stored data series spans over 1972-1993. Besides the above mentioned site, the zoobenthos was monitored in the larger part of the Baltic Proper, once a year in May. The data were collected on cruises with a research vessel at 64 stations.

OriginatorsStockholm University, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
References

Cedervall, H. (1997) BIOMAD1.2. Baltic Proper Zoobenthos,

Data web sitehttp://www.smhi.se
Availability 
OrganisationSwedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactLars Hansson (Ph Dr)
Address

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Folkborgsvagen 1
Norrkoping

SE-601 76
Sweden

Telephone+46 - (0)31-751 8947
Facsimile+46-(0)11-495 80 01
Emaillars.hansson@smhi.se
Administration 
Collating centreSwedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Local identifier18007013
Global identifier94
Last revised2009-03-17