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

Davies, Claire H., Coughlan, Alex, Hallegraeff, Gustaaf, Ajani, Penelope, Armbrecht, Linda, Atkins, Natalia, Bonham, Prudence, Brett, Steve, Brinkman, Richard, Burford, Michele, Clementson, Lesley, Coad, Peter, Coman, Frank, Davies, Diana, Dela-Cruz, Jocelyn, Devlin, Michelle, Edgar, Steven, Eriksen, Ruth, Furnas, Miles, Hassler, Christel, Hill, David, Holmes, Michael, Ingleton, Tim, Jameson, Ian, Leterme, Sophie C., Lonborg, Christian, McLaughlin, James, McEnnulty, Felicity, McKinnon, A. David, Miller, Margaret, Murray, Shauna, Nayar, Sasi, Patten, Renee, Pritchard, Tim, Proctor, Roger, Purcell-Meyerink, Diane, Raes, Eric, Rissik, David, Ruszczyk, Jason, Slotwinski, Anita, Swadling, Kerrie M., Tattersall, Katherine, Thompson, Peter, Thomson, Paul, Tonks, Mark, Trull, Thomas W., Uribe-Palomino, Julian, Waite, Anya M., Yauwenas, Rouna, Zammit, Anthony and Richardson, Anthony J. (2016) A database of marine phytoplankton abundance, biomass and species composition in Australian waters. Scientific Data, 3 160043. doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.43


Author Davies, Claire H.
Coughlan, Alex
Hallegraeff, Gustaaf
Ajani, Penelope
Armbrecht, Linda
Atkins, Natalia
Bonham, Prudence
Brett, Steve
Brinkman, Richard
Burford, Michele
Clementson, Lesley
Coad, Peter
Coman, Frank
Davies, Diana
Dela-Cruz, Jocelyn
Devlin, Michelle
Edgar, Steven
Eriksen, Ruth
Furnas, Miles
Hassler, Christel
Hill, David
Holmes, Michael
Ingleton, Tim
Jameson, Ian
Leterme, Sophie C.
Lonborg, Christian
McLaughlin, James
McEnnulty, Felicity
McKinnon, A. David
Miller, Margaret
Murray, Shauna
Nayar, Sasi
Patten, Renee
Pritchard, Tim
Proctor, Roger
Purcell-Meyerink, Diane
Raes, Eric
Rissik, David
Ruszczyk, Jason
Slotwinski, Anita
Swadling, Kerrie M.
Tattersall, Katherine
Thompson, Peter
Thomson, Paul
Tonks, Mark
Trull, Thomas W.
Uribe-Palomino, Julian
Waite, Anya M.
Yauwenas, Rouna
Zammit, Anthony
Richardson, Anthony J.
Title A database of marine phytoplankton abundance, biomass and species composition in Australian waters
Journal name Scientific Data   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2052-4463
Publication date 2016-06-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/sdata.2016.43
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Start page 160043
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
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.
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