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Deep Sea Benthic Biodiversity

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectHealthy and Biologically Diverse Evidence Group(HBDSEG)
Time periodFrom 1973 onwards
Geographical area

Arctic, North Atlantic & Rockall Trough, Portuguese coast


Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Shellfish morphology, age and physiology; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts


Pelagic trawl nets; cameras; sediment grabs; unconsolidated sediment corers; sediment dredges; beam trawls


The deep sea benthic biodiversity dataset encompasses a wide range of benthic sampling and observational activities carried out by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) since 1973. Data include analyses of samples obtained by fish trawls, benthic imagery and core sampling. The principle regions covered are the Arctic, North Atlantic & Rockall Trough and the Portuguese coast. Sampling has been carried out on numerous cruises, funded through various initiatives (ranging from NERC to commercially-funded ventures). A wide range of methods and equipment were used to obtain the information. These include Agassiz trawls, bed hop cameras, dredges, grabs, epibenthic sledges, corers and landers. These data help to build up a temporal and spatial record of regional biodiversity and consequently are a valuable tool to monitor the state of marine habitats.

OriginatorsScottish Association for Marine Science
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

British Oceanographic Data Centre
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 (0) 782 512 0946
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048DEEPBENTHICBIO
Global identifier5775
Last revised2015-06-16