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Natural variability and the prediction of change in marine benthic ecosystems

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Reference no: MAST0037
Period: August 1990 till November 1992
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Benthos; Coastal waters; Offshore
Geographical term: ANE, North East Atlantic [Marine Regions]

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  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), more

Benthic samples ranging in size from bacteria to fish, together with environmental data, will be collected from a variety of localities in the north-east Atlantic from the continental shelf to abyssal depths. The samples will be analysed using a wide range of quantitative and qualitative techniques and the resulting data used in a series of individual projects with specific objectives within the general aims. These projects will deal with community structure based on both taxa and size; variability of the communities in time and space; reproductive biology, demography and feeding strategies of individual species; and the relationship between all of these features and biotic and abiotic environmental factors.

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