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A database of marine phytoplankton abundance, biomass and species composition in Australian waters

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Davies, CH and Coughlan, A and Hallegraeff, G and Ajani, P and Armbrecht, L and Atkins, N and Bonham, P and Brett, S and Brinkman, R and Burford, M and Clementson, L and Coad, P and Coman, F and Davies, D and Dela-Cruz, J and Devlin, M and Edgar, S and Eriksen, R and Furnas, M and Hassler, C and Hill, D and Holmes, M and Ingleton, T and Jameson, I and Leterme, SC and Lonborg, C and McLaughlin, J and McEnnulty, F and McKinnon, AD and Miller, M and Murray, S and Nayar, S and Patten, R and Pausina, PA and Pritchard, T and Proctor, R and Purcell-Meyerink, D and Raes, E and Rissik, D and Ruszczyk, J and Slotwinski, A and Swadling, KM and Tattersall, K and Thompson, P and Thompson, P and Tonks, M and Trull, TW and Uribe-Palomino, J and Waite, AM and Yauwenas, R and Zammit, A and Richardson, AJ, A database of marine phytoplankton abundance, biomass and species composition in Australian waters, Scientific Data, 3 Article 160043. ISSN 2052-4463 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

DOI: doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.43

Abstract

There have been many individual phytoplankton datasets collected across Australia since the mid 1900s, but most are unavailable to the research community. We have searched archives, contacted researchers, and scanned the primary and grey literature to collate 3,621,847 records of marine phytoplankton species from Australian waters from 1844 to the present. Many of these are small datasets collected for local questions, but combined they provide over 170 years of data on phytoplankton communities in Australian waters. Units and taxonomy have been standardised, obviously erroneous data removed, and all metadata included. We have lodged this dataset with the Australian Ocean Data Network (http://portal.aodn.org.au/) allowing public access. The Australian Phytoplankton Database will be invaluable for global change studies, as it allows analysis of ecological indicators of climate change and eutrophication (e.g., changes in distribution; diatom:dinoflagellate ratios). In addition, the standardised conversion of abundance records to biomass provides modellers with quantifiable data to initialise and validate ecosystem models of lower marine trophic levels.

Corrigendum at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2017.42.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australian phytoplankton database
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant Biology
Research Field:Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - Aquaculture not elsewhere classified
Author:Hallegraeff, G (Professor Gustaaf Hallegraeff)
Author:Atkins, N (Dr Natalia Atkins)
Author:Davies, D (Ms Diana Davies)
Author:Eriksen, R (Dr Ruth Eriksen)
Author:Proctor, R (Dr Roger Proctor)
Author:Swadling, KM (Dr Kerrie Swadling)
Author:Tattersall, K (Ms Katherine Tattersall)
Author:Trull, TW (Professor Thomas Trull)
ID Code:109571
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2016-06-22
Last Modified:2017-05-18
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