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The MAREDAT global database of high performance liquid chromatography marine pigment measurements


Peloquin, J and Swan, C and Gruber, N and Vogt, M and Claustre, H and Ras, J and Uitz, J and Barlow, R and Behrenfeld, M and Bidigare, R and Dierssen, H and Ditullio, G and Fernandez, E and Gallienne, C and Gibb, S and Goericke, R and Harding, L and Head, E and Holligan, P and Hooker, S and Karl, D and Landry, M and Letelier, R and Llewellyn, CA and Lomas, M and Lucas, M and Mannino, A and Marty, J-C and Mitchell, BG and Muller-Karger, F and Nelson, N and O'Brien, C and Prezelin, B and Repeta, D and Smith, WO and Smythe-Wright, D and Stumpf, R and Subramaniam, A and Suzuki, K and Trees, C and Vernet, M and Wasmund, N and Wright, SW, The MAREDAT global database of high performance liquid chromatography marine pigment measurements, Earth System Science Data, 5, (1) pp. 109-123. ISSN 1866-3516 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5194/essd-5-109-2013


A global pigment database consisting of 35 634 pigment suites measured by high performance liquid chromatography was assembled in support of the MARine Ecosytem DATa (MAREDAT) initiative. These data originate from 136 field surveys within the global ocean, were solicited from investigators and databases, compiled, and then quality controlled. Nearly one quarter of the data originates from the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), with an additional 17% and 19% stemming from the US JGOFS and LTER programs, respectively. The MAREDAT pigment database provides high quality measurements of the major taxonomic pigments including chlorophylls a and b, 19'-butanoyloxyfucoxanthin, 19'-hexanoyloxyfucoxanthin, alloxanthin, divinyl chlorophyll a, fucoxanthin, lutein, peridinin, prasinoxanthin, violaxanthin and zeaxanthin, which may be used in varying combinations to estimate phytoplankton community composition. Quality control measures consisted of flagging samples that had a total chlorophyll a concentration of zero, had fewer than four reported accessory pigments, or exceeded two standard deviations of the log-linear regression of total chlorophyll a with total accessory pigment concentrations. We anticipate the MAREDAT pigment database to be of use in the marine ecology, remote sensing and ecological modeling communities, where it will support model validation and advance our global perspective on marine biodiversity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:MAREDAT global database, liquid chromatography, marine pigment measurements
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological Oceanography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Wright, SW (Dr Simon Wright)
ID Code:92776
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-06-27
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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