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HERMIONE integrated database on chemosynthetic ecosystems

Availability: Restricted
The data are withheld from general circulation and disclosure but access may be obtained on a case-by-case basis through negotiation

Description
HERMIONE will investigate the biodiversity and interconnectivity of chemosynthetic ecosystems, through the integration of different relevant datasets into one database. more

Chemosynthetic ecosystems including hot vents, cold seeps, mud volcanoes and sulphidic brine pools are highly fractured and diverse deep-water habitats shaped by dynamic, small- and large-scale geological processes, which vary substantially in time and space. The discovery of hydrothermal vents, cold seeps and gas hydrates in subsurface sediments and rocks showed that significant ecosystems on Earth are fuelled by reduced chemical substances (H2S, H2, Fe) and hydrocarbons (e.g. CH4). These ecosystems show the highest biomasses and productivity of all those found in the deep sea. Only a tiny fraction of the microbiota at vents and seeps has been identified, and a huge diversity of more than 99% remains to be discovered. Larger animals inhabiting chemosynthetic ecosystems display intriguing symbiotic associations, physiological adaptations, life cycles, reproduction and dispersal strategies.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Benthos, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Invertebrates
Keywords:
Marine, Bacteria, Data collection, Deep sea environments, Ecological distribution, Ecosystems, Macrobenthos, Meiobenthos, Submarine volcanoes, ANE, Biscay Bay, ANE, Norwegian Sea, MED, Eastern Mediterranean, MED, Western Mediterranean

Geographical coverage
ANE, Biscay Bay [Marine Regions]
ANE, Norwegian Sea [Marine Regions]
MED, Eastern Mediterranean [Marine Regions]
MED, Western Mediterranean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
2003 - 2010

Parameters
Macroinvertebrate density, Meiobenthos density, Presence of biota

Contributors
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata creator Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata manager

Related datasets
Source datasets:
Bacteria of the Eastern Mediterranean (2006) and the Nordic Margin (2006-2009) collected during different cruises and processed by MPIMM, more
Bacteria of the Eastern Mediterranean (2009) & Nordic Margin (2006 - 2010) collected during different cruises and processed by MPIMM, more
Bacterial symbionts of macrofauna from the Eastern Mediterranean, the Gulf of Cadiz and the Håkon Mosby Mud Vulcano collected during different cruises between 2003 and 2008 and processed by UPMC and MPIMM, more
Chemosynthetic macrofauna of the Gulf of Cadiz collected during various cruises between 2000 and 2008 and processed by Uaveiro, more
Macrofauna of the Eastern Mediterranean collected during the Bionil Cruise 2006 and Medeco Cruise 2007 and processed by IFREMER, more
Macrofauna of the Eastern Mediterranean collected during the Medeco Cruise 2007 and processed by IFREMER, more
Macrofauna of the Eastern Mediterranean collected during the MSM13 Cruise 2009 and processed by IFREMER, more
Macrofauna of the Gulf of Cadiz collected during 3 cruises between 2004 and 2006 and processed by Uaveiro, more
Macrofauna of the Nordic Margin collected during the Vicking Cruise 2006 and ARK XXII Cruise 2007 and processed by IFREMER, more
Meiofauna of the Eastern Mediterranean collected during the Medeco 2007 Cruise and processed by Ugent, more
Meiofauna of the Eastern Mediterranean collected during the Medeco Cruise 2007 and processed by HCMR, more
Meiofauna of the Eastern Mediterranean collected during the MSM13 Cruise 2009 and processed by Ugent, more
Meiofauna of the Håkon Mosby Mud Vulcano collected during the Arktis XIX/3b Cruise 2003 and processed by Ugent, more
Meiofauna of the mud volcanoes in the Central Mediterranean collected during various cruises in 2005 & 2007 and processed by UNIVPM, more
Meiofauna of the pockmarks in the Western Mediterranean collected during various cruises in 2005 & 2007 and processed by UNIVPM, more
Nematoda of the Nordic Margin collected during the Vicking Cruise 2006 and processed by Ugent, more
Nematode and pore-water geochemistry data from the Darwin MV collected during the JC10 Cruise 2007 and processed by Ugent, more

Project
HERMIONE: Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact On European Seas, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2012-03-01
Information last updated: 2013-06-10
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