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LifeWatch observatory data: phytoplankton observations by imaging flow cytometry (FlowCam) in the Belgian Part of the North Sea
Citable as data publication
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium (2019): LifeWatch observatory data: phytoplankton observations by imaging flow cytometry (FlowCam) in the Belgian Part of the North Sea. https://doi.org/10.14284/330
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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Description
In the framework of the Lifewatch marine observatory a number of fixed stations on the Belgian Part of the North Sea (BPNS) are visited on a monthly or seasonal basis using the RV Simon Stevin. A grid of nine stations covers the coastal zone and are sampled monthly. Eight additional stations, located further at sea, are sampled on a seasonal basis. This dataset contains phytoplankton observations in the Belgian Part of the North Sea (BPNS) since May 2017. Phytoplankton is sampled by a plankton Apstein net of 55 micrometers mesh size. The samples are filtered in a 300 µm mesh size net and processed with the FlowCAM VS-4 at 4X magnification, using a FC300 flow cell, at a flow rate of 1.7mL/min. The identification of the samples is done with the software VisualSpreadsheet and the automatic classification is validated by an experienced operator.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Plankton > Phytoplankton
Keywords:
Marine, Biodiversity, Biological monitoring, Data, Marine Genomics, Phytoplankton, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS)

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From May 2017 on [In Progress]

Parameters
Count of phytoplankton, Phytoplankton density

Contributors
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata creatordata manager

Project
LifeWatch: Flemish contribution to LifeWatch.eu, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-01-20
Information last updated: 2018-11-21
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