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REBENT: Benthic Network [Réseau benthique]
REBENT- Réseau benthique. Institut Français pour la Recherche et l'exploitation de la mer, France.

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The REBENT dataset results from the monitoring activities undertaken by the "Réseau benthique" REBENT project. The dataset contains mainly data relating to seabed habitats and associated benthic biocenosis living along the the French coastal area's. more

The "Réseau benthique" REBENT is a French national benthos monitoring program set up by IFREMER in 2003 after the wreck of the Erika and the report of a lack of coastal habitats monitoring . The objectives of the Rebent network are twofold: a) collate, validate and store data related to the distribution of coastal habitats and the monitoring of their floristic and faunistic biodiversity, b) make available a consistent state of reference along with an assessment of changes to the community of researchers, coastal managers and the wider public. The REBENT project aims to collect and format data relating to seabed habitats and associated benthic biocenosis living along the coasts, in order to give scientists, marine environment management bodies and the general public, relevant and coherent data which will improve our knowledge the current resources and detect spatiotemporal evolutions. These observations, which concern data relating to spatial extension and to fauna and flora distribution, are common to various needs : accidental pollutions, protected marine reserves, Water Directive, integrated management. The entire French seawaters are likely to be concerned by the project. But regarding the new acquisitions tidal zones and coastal waters have been singled out as priority areas, in the framework of the Water Directive, thus concentrating as much attention as possible on the protected marine reserves. The following parameters are taken into consideration when selecting seabed habitats / biocenosis : representativeness, importance of ecology, sensitivity and vulnerability. Distribution tools concerning data: Methods, protocols and reference documents are drawn up, as well as data bank tools (Quadrige² database specifications for benthic data) and distribution tools (interactive maps, monitoring reports, etc), via the Internet. This network is national and part of a strong international drive. Today, numerous partners are members of the project, either at the financial level or at the scientific and technical levels. Brittany is the pilot-region and the first operations started in 2003. Action plans are being gradually implemented in the other regions.

Biology > Benthos, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine, Bioaccumulation, ANE, Biscay Bay, ANE, France, Celtic Sea, ANE, France, English Channel, ANE, France, Mediterranean Sea, ANE, France, North Sea

Geographical coverage
ANE, Biscay Bay [Marine Regions]
ANE, France, Celtic Sea
ANE, France, English Channel
ANE, France, Mediterranean Sea
ANE, France, North Sea

Temporal coverage
From 2003 on [In Progress]

Algal biomass, Benthos biomass, Benthos density, Biometry of leaves, Floral density, Floral illness, Granulometric variables, Organic matter (OM), Surface area covered by intertidal and subtidal seaweeds

Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), moredata creatordata manager

Related datasets
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more
(Partly) included in:
Distribution of benthic macroinvertebrate living modes in European seas, more
Quadrige database, more

REBENT: Le réseau benthique, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2013-10-30
Information last updated: 2013-11-29
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