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Mean biomass (g AFDW m-2) observed along the longitudinal (regions) and vertical gradients (depth strata) in the Scheldt estuary [Gemiddelde biomassa (g AFDW m-2) geobserveerd langsheen de longitudinale (regio’s) en verticale gradiënten (dieptezones) in het Schelde-esturarium]

Description
Macrofauna total biomass showed both a strong significant difference among regions (two-way ANOVA, F3,3095 = 21; p < 0,0001) and depth strata (two-way ANOVA, F3,3095 = 439; p < 0,0001), with also a significant interaction term salinity-depth (two-way ANOVA, F9,3095 = 7; p < 0,001). Highest biomass values were observed in the highest salinity regions (polyhaline zone) and the intertidal zone. Within the subtidal strata, no significant difference was observed.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Productivity - biomass, Coastal studies (e.g. shores, estuaries), Physical, Water composition
Keywords:
Brackish water, Terrestrial, Biomass, Depth, Longitudinal, Macrofauna, Mean (Statistics), Salinity, Vertical, ANE, Scheldt Estuary

Geographical coverage
ANE, Scheldt Estuary [Marine Regions]

Parameters
Biomass, Depth, Salinity

Contributors
Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ), moredata creator Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu; Rijkswaterstaat; Dienst Zeeland (DZL), moredata creator Universiteit Antwerpen; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Departement Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Ecosysteembeheer (ECOBE), moredata creator Wageningen University and Research Centre; Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES), moredata creator

Publication
Describing this dataset:
Herman, P.M.J. et al. (2003). Large-scale spatial patterns in estuaries: estuarine macrobenthic communities in the Schelde estuary, NW Europe Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 57(1-2): 335-355. dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0272-7714(02)00359-1, more

Data type: Static graphs
Metadatarecord created: 2010-01-18
Information last updated: 2010-08-17
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