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Gridded abundance maps of marine birds from the North Sea
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ); Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ); (2015):Gridded abundance maps of marine birds from the North Sea; European Marine Observation Data Network (EMODnet) Biology project (, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate - General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

Pictures (8)
Larus argentatus, author: NIOZ, VLIZ
Somateria mollissima, author: NIOZ, VLIZ
Alca torda, author: NIOZ, VLIZ
Rissa tridactyla, author: NIOZ, VLIZ
Fulmarus glacialis, author: NIOZ, VLIZ

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Gridded abundance maps of marine birds from the North Sea. All the bird species of this dataset are indicator species for Descriptor 1 Biodiversity of the MSFD for the North East Atlantic. This product was developed with DIVA (Data-Interpolating Variational Analysis). Data was provided by JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee): Dunn, T. 2012. JNCC seabird distribution and abundance data (all trips) from ESAS database. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (

Biology > Birds
Marine, ANE, North Sea, Alca torda Linnaeus, 1758, Fulmarus glacialis (Linnaeus, 1761), Larus argentatus Pontoppidan, 1763, Morus bassanus (Linnaeus, 1758), Rissa tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758), Somateria mollissima (Linnaeus, 1758), Stercorarius skua (Brünnich, 1764), Sterna sandvicensis Latham, 1787

Geographical coverage
ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1979 - 2010

Taxonomic coverage
Alca torda Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
Fulmarus glacialis (Linnaeus, 1761) [WoRMS]
Larus argentatus Pontoppidan, 1763 [WoRMS]
Morus bassanus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Rissa tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Somateria mollissima (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Stercorarius skua (Brünnich, 1764) [WoRMS]
Sterna sandvicensis Latham, 1787 [WoRMS]

Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ), moredata creator
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata creator

Related datasets
Source dataset:
JNCC seabird distribution and abundance data (all trips) from ESAS database, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data products
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2016-10-07
Information last updated: 2016-10-18
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