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NSBS: North Sea Benthos Survey
Craeymeersh J., P. Kingston, E. Rachor, G. Duineveld, Carlo Heip, Edward Vanden Berghe, 1986: North Sea Benthos Survey.

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North Sea macrobenthos species density and abundance, measured on a regular grid of stations corresponding with ICES standard stations. All sampling was done in spring 1986. more

The data presented is the result of the 1986 North Sea Benthos Survey, an activity of the Benthos Ecology Working Group of ICES. Benthic samples were taken in a standardised way, on a regular grid covering the whole of the North Sea, and analysed by scientists from 10 laboratories. Extensive work was done to standardise taxonomy and identifications across the different laboratories. A total of just over 1000 species were reported from 235 stations.

Biology, Biology > Benthos, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine, Benthos, Biodiversity, Data, Epibenthos, Macrobenthos, Marine Genomics, Meiobenthic organisms, Meiobenthos, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), ANE, North Sea

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
April 1986 - May 1986

Ash-free dry weight (AFDW) biomass, Macrobenthos density

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research (AWI), moredata providerdata creator
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research; Biololgical Station Helgoland (BAH)data provider
Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel; Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR)data provider
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)data creatordata provider
Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee; NIOZ Yersekedata providerdata creator
Marine Laboratory Aberdeen; Fisheries Research Servicesdata provider
Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research (RIVO)data providerdata creator
Senckenberg Nature Research Society; Research Institute and Natural History Museum; Department of Marine Sciencedata provider
Universität Hamburg; Fachbereich Biologie; Institut für Hydrobiologie und Fischereiwissenschaft (IHF)data provider
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille; Station Marine de Wimereux (INSU/CNRS)data provider
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), moredata creator

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Based on this dataset
Craeymeersch, J.A.; Heip, C.H.R.; Buijs, J. (1997). Atlas of North Sea benthic infauna: based on the 1986 North Sea Benthos Survey. ICES Cooperative Research Report, 218. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea: Copenhagen. 86 pp.
Rees, H.L. et al. (Ed.) (2007). Structure and dynamics of the North Sea benthos. ICES Cooperative Research Report, 288. ICES: Copenhagen. ISBN 87-7482-058-3. III, 258 + annexes pp., more
Heip, C.H.R. et al. (1992). The benthic communities of the North Sea: a summary of the results of the North Sea benthos survey. ICES Coop. Res. Rep. 190: 148-175, more
Basford, D.J. et al. (1993). The ICES North Sea benthos survey: the sedimentary environment. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 50(1): 71-80.
Huys, R. (1991). The meiobenthos of the North Sea. Final report. Delta Institute for Hydrobiological Research: Yerseke. , more
Huys, R. et al. (1990). The meiobenthos of the North Sea: preliminary results of the North Sea Benthos Survey. CM Documents - ICES, C.M. 1990(Mini:8). ICES: [s.l.]. 17 pp., more
Describing this dataset
ICES (1986). Fifth Report of the Benthos Ecology Working Group, Oostende, 12-15 Mayl 1986. CM Documents - ICES, 1986/L:27. ICES: Copenhagen. 33 pp.
Used in this dataset
Heip, C.H.R.; Craeymeersch, J.A. (1995). Benthic community structures in the North Sea Helgol. Meeresunters. 49(1-4): 313-328
Künitzer, A.; Basford, D.; Craeymeersch, J.A.; Dewarumez, J.-M.; Dorjes, J.; Duineveld, G.C.A.; Eleftheriou, A.; Heip, C.H.R.; Herman, P.M.J.; Kingston, P.; Niermann, U.; Rachor, E.; Rumohr, H.; de Wilde, P.A.W.J. (1992). The benthic infauna of the North Sea: species distribution and assemblages. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 49(2): 127-143
Huys, R. et al. (1992). The meiobenthos of the North Sea: density, biomass trends and distribution of copepod communities. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 49(1): 23-44, more
Heip, C.H.R.; Basford, D.; Craeymeersch, J.A.; Dewarumez, J.-M.; Dörjes, J.; de Wilde, P.; Duineveld, G.; Eleftheriou, A.; Herman, P.M.J.; Kingston, K.; Niermann, U.; Künitzer, A.; Rachor, E.; Rumohr, H.; Soetaert, K.; Soltwedel, T. (1992). Trends in biomass, density and diversity of North Sea macrofauna. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 49: 13-22

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2004-05-10
Information last updated: 2015-04-29
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