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European Seabirds at Sea - data collected by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Belgium
Citation
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). European Seabirds at Sea - data collected by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). INBO Seabird distribution data (all trips).
Contact: Stienen, Eric

Access data
Archived data
Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Notes: Distribution records are made available online. Counts can be made available upon request.

Description
This dataset represents a subset of the INBO-database on the distribution of seabirds and marine mammals starting from 1992 in north-west European marine areas with a focus on Belgian marine waters. more

The INBO Seabirds at Sea Database was established in 1992 in close collaboration with the European Seabird at Sea Database (ESAS). This dataset represents a subset of the INBO-database on seabird distribution holding information on the distribution of seabirds and marine mammals in north-west European marine areas with a focus on Belgian marine waters. The most recent version of this database contains records that were collected during 1992-2011. The data were collected using a standardised ESAS methodology. The Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) and the Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models and the Scheldt Estuary (MUMM) sponsored parts of the data collection. The data have been used to produce atlasses of seabird distrution, vulnerability maps and biological valuation maps. Subsequently, these data have been used for a wide variety of research purposes.

Scope
Themes:
Biology, Biology > Birds
Keywords:
Marine, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Birds, Birds (marine), Marine birds, Marine mammals, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), ANE, Biscay Bay, ANE, English Channel, ANE, North Sea, ANE, North Sea, Southern Bight, Aves, Mammalia

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]
ANE, Biscay Bay [Marine Regions]
ANE, English Channel [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]
ANE, North Sea, Southern Bight [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1992 on [In Progress]
Monthly

Taxonomic coverage
Aves [WoRMS]
Mammalia [WoRMS]

Parameters
Density Methodology , Presence/absence of biota, Wave Height, Wind speed
Density: Snapshot-method (Tasker et al., 1984)
Ref.: Tasker, M.L., P.H. Jones, T.J. Dixon & B.F. Blake (1984). Counting seabirds at sea from ships: a review of methods employed and a suggestion for a standardized approach. Auk 101: 567-577.
The Snapshot-method (Tasker et al., 1984). is used for the standardized counts of flying birds. All birds flying in a 300 by 300 meters quadrant in front of ths ship are counted every minute. These counting results can be converted to seabird densities by taking the speed of the shipe into account.
Voor het gestandaardiseerd tellen van vliegende vogels is de snapshot-methode gehanteerd (Tasker et al., 1984). Hierbij worden iedere minuut alle vliegende vogels geteld die zich binnen een kwadrant van 300 op 300 meter aan de voorkant van het schip bevinden. De resultaten van deze tellingen kunnen via de snelheid van de boot worden omgerekend naar dichtheden van zeevogels.

Density: Transect-method (Tasker et al., 1984)
Ref.: Tasker, M.L., P.H. Jones, T.J. Dixon & B.F. Blake (1984). Counting seabirds at sea from ships: a review of methods employed and a suggestion for a standardized approach. Auk 101: 567-577.
The ship counts were done by the so-called Transect-method (Tasker et al., 1984), for which all swimming birds were counted within a 300 m range from the ship and in an 90° angle from the front of the ship, and this during consecutive periods of 10 minutes each
De scheepstellingen werden verricht volgens de zogenaamde transect-methode (Tasker et al., 1984), waarbij gedurende opeenvolgende periodes van 10 minuten alle zwemmende vogels worden geteld die zich binnen een afstand van 300 m van het schip en in een hoek van 90° vanaf de voorkant van het schip bevinden.

Contributors
Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), moresponsor
European Seabirds at Sea (ESAS), moredatabase developer
Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Natuurlijk Milieu; Beheerseenheid Mathematisch Model Noordzee en Schelde-estuarium (BMM), moresponsor
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata owner
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek; Afdeling Biodiversiteit en Natuurlijk Milieu; Onderzoeksgroep Ecosysteemdiversiteit, moredata creatordata manager

Related datasets
Child dataset:
Distribution of seabirds on the Belgian Continental Shelf, more
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Publication
Based on this dataset:
Tasker, M.L. et al. (1987). Seabirds in the North Sea: final report of phase 2 of the Nature Conservancy Council Seabirds at Sea Project, November 1983-October 1986. Nature Conservancy Council: Peterborough. ISBN 0-86139-394-5. 336 pp., more
Used in this dataset:
Blake, B.F.; Tasker, M.L.; Jones, H.; Dixon, P.; Mitchell, T.J.; Langslow, D.R. (1984). Seabird distribution in the North Sea: final report of the Nature Conservancy Council Seabirds at Sea Team November 1979 - November 1982. Nature Conservancy Council: Huntington. ISBN 0-86139-225-6. 3 volumes pp., more
Stienen, E.W.M.; Van Waeyenberge, J.; Seys, J.; Offringa, H.; Meire, P.; Kuijken, E. (2002). Seabirds in Belgian marine waters: implications for policy and management (poster), in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) VLIZ Young Scientists' Day, Brugge, Belgium 13 March 2002: book of abstracts. VLIZ Special Publication, 7: pp. 43, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2004-06-10
Information last updated: 2015-10-08
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