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Zooplankton data for Danish marine monitoring (ODAM) from 1985 - 2016
Danish Centre for Environment and Energy (2017). Zooplankton data for Danish marine monitoring (ODAM) from 1985 - 2016
Contact: Rytter, David

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Data is an assembly of plankton monitoring stations situated between 54° and 58° North along the Danish coasts and in estuaries. There are 6 zooplankton stations that are visited 6 times per year. Samples are analyzed to estimate zooplankton composition and abundance. The individuals are either sized or staged and species is determined to lowest possible taxonomical level. This dataset includes multicellular prokaryotes as well as ciliates and same heterotrophic dinoflagellates. more

The stations can be categorized as ‘open water’ stations or estuarine stations. The open water stations are all located in the “open” waters of the Kattegat – Belt Sea area (average depth 27.1 m ± std. dev16.4 m) forming the transition zone between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The water column at those stations is permanently stratified (Lyngsgaard et al. 2014) and the samples were collected from the mixed upper 10 meters that is periodically nutrient limited. Two stations were in the Wadden Sea, a shallow and turbid tidal area adjacent to the North Sea on the West Coast of Jutland. The remaining stations are located in shallow (average depth 7.9 m ± 6.5 m) estuaries with significant freshwater and hence nutrient inputs.

Salinities vary between 7 and 31. The highest salinities were found in the Limfjord and the lowest are close to the Baltic Sea or in enclosed estuaries. Data covered the period from 1989 to 2016. Over this period nutrient supply has decreased significantly, by 43 percent for nitrogen and by about 90 percent for phosphorous.

Sampling, measurements and laboratory analyses were carried out by a number of different agencies but followed a common set of technical guidelines to ensure consistency. These guidelines are written in Danish language by are in-line with the guidelines given in the appropriate sections of the HELCOM COMBINE manual.

Biology > Plankton > Zooplankton
Marine, Brackish water, Terrestrial, ANE, Belt Sea, ANE, Danish Exclusive Economic Zone, ANE, North Sea, ANE, Western Baltic

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belt Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, Danish Exclusive Economic Zone [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, Western Baltic [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
January 1985 - December 2016

Occurrence of biota

University of Aarhus; Danish Centre For Environment And Energy (DCE), moredata creator

Related datasets
Parent dataset:
ODAM: Danish national database for marine data, more
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more
Previous version:
MADS - Marine zooplankton, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2017-06-26
Information last updated: 2019-05-09
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