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L4 Plankton Monitoring Programme
Harris R. & Widdicombe C. (2007). L4 Plankton Monitoring Programme. Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), United Kingdom.
Contact: Smyth, Tim

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Station L4 is one of a series of hydrographic stations in the Western English Channel (English Channel References). These stations have been the basis of a series of hydrographic surveys carried out during the 20th Century by scientists at the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory in Plymouth. more

Beginning in 1988, through the work of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory Zooplankton Group, a programme of weekly observations was started at L4. No formal research programme was proposed, the time-series exploiting the activities of the PML small boats in an opportunistic way as by-product of their other sampling activities (e.g., collection of live plankton, sea-water, trawling for fish and squid). Over the next 20 years increasing numbers of parameters were measured at L4, including CTD, nutrients, optics, primary production as well as the fish trawl surveys carried out by the MBA. Recently measurements of the DNA and bacterial bio-diversity have been added. Since 2006, the phytoplankton and zooplankton series have fallen under the auspices of the Western Channel Observatory, a UK Natural Environmental Research Council funded project.

Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Phytoplankton, Biology > Pigments (e.g. chlorophyll), Biology > Zooplankton
Marine, Long-term monitoring, Monitoring, Phytoplankton, Plankton, Zooplankton, ANE, English Channel

Geographical coverage
ANE, English Channel Stations [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1988 on [In Progress]

Count of phytoplankton, Count of zooplankton

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), moredata owner

Related datasets
Parent dataset:
Western Channel Observatory Dataset, more
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more
(Partly) included in:
LargeNet database, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2007-10-05
Information last updated: 2015-05-12
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