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OMEX (1993-1998): data on the benthic community at the Northern Gulf of Biscay and the Iberian Coast [OMEX (1993-1998): gegevens over de benthische gemeenschap aan de Noordelijke Golf van Biskay en de Iberische Kust]
Soetaert K. 1999: OMEX (1993-1998): data on the benthic community at the Northern Gulf of Biscay and the Iberian Coast. Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology, Netherlands. Metadata available at

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Data on the benthic community were gathered in the framework of the Ocean Margin Exchange (OMEX) project from 1993-1998 at the Northern Gulf of Biscay (Phase I) and the Iberian coast (Phase II). more

From 1993-1998 the benthic community was sampled in the framework of the Ocean Margin Exchange Project (OMEX) at several locations at the Northern Gulf of Biscay (OMEX-I) and the Iberian Coast (OMEX-II). OMEX aims were to study, measure and model the physical, chemical and biological processes and fluxes happening at the ocean margin - the interface between the open Atlantic ocean and the European continental shelf. It served as a basis for the development of predictive models of global environmental changes on the oceanic system and, more specifically, on the coastal zone. This dataset mainly contains data on biomass, biodiversity and feeding type of macrofauna, but also meio- and microfauna were sampled. For certain sampling locations, abiotic data (sediment grain size, flow velocity, dissolved oxygen concentration,..) are also available.

Biology, Biology > Benthos, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine, Benthos, Biodiversity, Continental margins, Macrobenthos, Meiobenthos, ANE, ANE, Atlantic, Goban Spur, ANE, Galicia Bank, ANE, Porcupine Seabight, ANE, Spain, Galicia, ANE, Spain, Galicia, Ria de Vigo, Anthozoa, Asteroidea, Crinoidea, Holothuroidea, Octopoda, Pisces, Porifera

Geographical coverage
Atlantic North East Stations [Marine Regions]
Nazare Canyon
Nazare parallel transect
ANE, Atlantic, Goban Spur [Marine Regions]
ANE, Galicia Bank [Marine Regions]
ANE, Porcupine Seabight [Marine Regions]
ANE, Spain, Galicia Stations [Marine Regions]
La Coruna
ANE, Spain, Galicia, Ria de Vigo Stations [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
28 June 1997 - 4 July 1997
7 July 1997 - 12 July 1997
30 May 1998 - 6 June 1998
22 May 1999 - 26 May 1999

Taxonomic coverage
Anthozoa [WoRMS]
Asteroidea [WoRMS]
Crinoidea [WoRMS]
Holothuroidea [WoRMS]
Octopoda [WoRMS]
Pisces [WoRMS]
Porifera [WoRMS]

Ammonium (NH4+), Chlorophyll pigment equivalents, Current flow rate water, Dissolved oxygen (O2), Feeding type diversity, Macrobenthos biomass, Macrobenthos density, Macrofauna length, Median grain size, Megafauna biomass, Microbial biomass, Nitrate (NO3-), Nitrite (NO2-), Nitrogen (N), Organic carbon (OC) flux, Phosphate (PO43-), Sedimentation velocity, Silicate (SiO44-)

Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee; NIOZ Yerseke, moredata owner

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2007-04-10
Information last updated: 2009-10-08
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