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Data set name

Estuarine monitoring of sediment chemistry and benthic ecology around the estuaries and sea loughs of Northern Ireland

Data holding centreNorthern Ireland Environment Agency, Water Management Unit
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectNational Marine Monitoring Program(NMMP)
Time periodFrom 1992 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Estuaries and sea loughs around Northern Ireland

Observations 
Parameters

Carbon concentrations in sediment; Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Fish taxonomy-related counts; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Sediment grain size parameters; Nitrogen concentrations in sediment; Inorganic chemical composition of sediment or rocks; Concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediment samples; Concentration of other organic contaminants in sediment samples; Bacteria taxonomic abundance in sediment

Instruments

Pelagic trawl nets; sediment grabs; elemental analysers; gas chromatographs; atomic absorption spectrometers; nutrient analysers; in-situ particle sizers

Description 
Summary

Under the estuarine and coast waters monitoring programme (ECWMP) 29 sites are sampled on an annual basis for determinands such as heavy metals, trace organics, faecal bacteria and benthic invertebrates. Results from this monitoring programme are input to the National Monitoring Plan (NMP) data set of coastal water monitoring data for all the waters around the United Kingdom.

OriginatorsNorthern Ireland Environment Agency, Water Management Unit
Availability 
OrganisationNorthern Ireland Environment Agency, Water Management Unit
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactFreedom of Information Officer
Address

Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Water Management Unit
17 Antrim Road
Lisburn
County Antrim
BT28 3AL
United Kingdom

Telephone02890 546677
Emailehs-foi@doeni.gov.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1073001
Global identifier802
Last revised2010-11-22