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Marine phytoplankton community composition data from the Belgian part of the North Sea, 1968-2010
Nohe, A.; Knockaert, C.; Goffin, A.; Dewitte, E.; De Cauwer, K.; Desmit, X.; Vyverman, W.; Tyberghein, L.; Lagring, R.; Sabbe, K. (2018). Marine phytoplankton community composition data from the Belgian part of the North Sea, 1968-2010. Scientific Data 5: 180126. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/sdata.2018.126
In: Scientific Data. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2052-4463; e-ISSN 2052-4463, more
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Author keywords
    Design Type(s): data integration objective, source-based data transformation objective, time series design
    Measurement Type(s): planktonic material, environmental material
    Technology Type(s): digital curation
    Factor Type(s): temporal_interval, Data Source, geographic location
    Sample Characteristic(s): phytoplankton environmental sample, North Sea coastal waters of Belgium

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Abstract
    The Belgian Phytoplankton Database (BPD) is a comprehensive data collection comprising quantitative phytoplankton cell counts from multiple research projects conducted since 1968. The collection is focused on the Belgian part of the North Sea, but also includes data from the French and the Dutch part of the North Sea. The database includes almost 300 unique sampling locations and more than 3,000 sampling events resulting in more than 86,000 phytoplankton cell count records. The dataset covers two periods: 1968 to 1978 and 1994 to 2010. The BPD can be accessed online and provides high quality phytoplankton count data. The species taxonomy is updated, and the count values are quality checked and standardized. Important metadata like sampling date, sampling location, sampling depth and methodology is provided and standardized. Additionally, associated abiotic data and biovolume values are available. The dataset allows to conduct analyses of long-term temporal and spatial trends in phytoplankton community structure in the southern part of the North Sea, including changes in phytoplankton phenology and seasonality.

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