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Global Marine biodiversity data from Seawatchers Marine Citizen Science Platform 1980-2020
Citation
Chic, Oscar; Garrabou, Joaquim. (2020) Global Marine biodiversity data from Seawatchers Marine Citizen Science Platform between 1980 and 2020
Contact: Garrabou, Joaquim ;

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

Description
Observadores del Mar is a marine citizen science platform launched in 2012 devoted to enhancing the understanding of the conservation status of marine ecosystems. The platform hosts 13 projects covering 8 main taxa: corals, jellyfishes, decapod crustaceans, fishes, seaweeds, seagrasses, seabirds and molluscs, in addition to two projects focused on marine litter and reporting information on two main topics: i) biodiversity data focusing mainly on species distribution and abundance, and ii) the impacts of anthropogenic activities (e.g. jellyfish blooms) and associated mid- to long-term changes (e.g. colonization of invasive species). Almost 5500 observations validated by scientists have been already collected resulting in more than 20 scientific papers and communications. The major findings have been new records of introduced and invasive species, tracking the spread of novel pen shell mortality outbreak in the Mediterranean Sea and monitoring microplastic concentration on beaches.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Benthos, Biology > Birds, Biology > Fish, Biology > Macroalgae, Biology > Plants
Keywords:
Marine, Citizen participation, Climate change, Nature conservation, ANE, Biscay Bay, ASE, Canary I., ASW, Caribbean, Aves Ridge, MED, Arthropoda, Chlorophyta, Chordata, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Mollusca, Ochrophyta, Porifera, Rhodophyta, Tracheophyta

Geographical coverage
ANE, Biscay Bay [Marine Regions]
ASE, Canary I. [Marine Regions]
ASW, Caribbean, Aves Ridge [Marine Regions]
Mediterranean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 January 2010 - 30 April 2020

Taxonomic coverage
Arthropoda [WoRMS]
Chlorophyta [WoRMS]
Chordata [WoRMS]
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Ctenophora [WoRMS]
Mollusca [WoRMS]
Ochrophyta [WoRMS]
Porifera [WoRMS]
Rhodophyta [WoRMS]
Tracheophyta [WoRMS]

Contributors
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), moredata creator


Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2020-06-25
Information last updated: 2020-08-07
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