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BIS dataset of the south-western part of Netherlands (1985-2004)
Hummel H. 2004: BIS dataset of the south-western part of Netherlands (1985-2004). Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology, Netherlands. Metadata available at

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

Notes: only presence data are available through EurOBIS & EMODnet under the given license. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted

This CD contains part of the data from the Benthos Information system, the database of the Monitor Task-group of the NIOO. more

The data included are the available data from 1985 until 2004. All included samples are from the South-Western part of the Netherlands (Delta and coastal area) taken with a Reineck Box-core, a sub-sampling with one or more cores from a box-core, or one or more cores directly taken from the sediment. All samples are taken approximately 30 cm deep into the sediment.

All data is presented in two-types databases (Access and Paradox), each containing two tables. And as an Excel workbook. One table holds all data of the macrobenthos, the other table holds information about the sediment (mean grain-size, silt content). The two tables can be linked through the Sample_id. Sediment data are only available for part of the data. The sediment data are not included in the Excel workbook. Samples with two or more replicates and samples which where divided in several slices are aggregated to one sample. All actual counted numbers and measured weights are included as well as the calculated density and weights (mg) per square meter. Positions are given in the Dutch system and as geographic coordinates (datum: European 1950 and World 1984). Depth is given in meters below NAP. Species-names are matched with the European Register of Marine Species as much as possible. Taxonomy and feeding-type are included. All samples whithout any benthic fauna, are added to the databases (not in the Excel-workbook) as entries with empty fields for spesies name and taxonomy. The number, density, AFDW and biomass are set to 0.


All data on the CD are owned by the Monitor Taskforce of the NIOO-KNAW. Although the data is collected with extreme care, the monitor Taskforce is not responsible for any possible errors.


Use of the data is restricted to the Marbef Theme 1 Workshop at Crete, October 2005. For any use of the data in publications or presentations, co-authorship is required. It is NOT allowed to make a (partial) copy of the data.


All the information can be found at our webpage


For any questions or other use of the data please contact W.C.H. Sistermans (datamanager) Email: or H. Hummel (Taskforce leader) Email:

Biology, Biology > Benthos
Marine/Coastal, Brackish water, Benthic fauna, Benthos, Biogeography, Biomass, Long-term monitoring, ANE, Netherlands, Dutch Continental Shelf, EurOBIS calculated BBOX

Geographical coverage
ANE, Netherlands, Dutch Continental Shelf [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 3,0848; MinLat: 51,3358 - MaxLong: 4,2866; MaxLat: 52,1327 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
1885 - 2004

Granulometric variables

Related datasets
Parent dataset:
BIS: Benthos Information System (BIS), more
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more
(Partly) included in:
LargeNet database, more
Macroben: Macroben database (Marbef Theme 1 workshop), more

MarBEF: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence, more

Based on this dataset
Craeymeersch, J.A.; Heip, C.H.R.; Buijs, J. (1997). Atlas of North Sea benthic infauna: based on the 1986 North Sea Benthos Survey. ICES Cooperative Research Report, 218. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea: Copenhagen. 86 pp., more
Heip, C.H.R. et al. (1992). The benthic communities of the North Sea: a summary of the results of the North Sea benthos survey. ICES Coop. Res. Rep. 190: 148-175, more

Dataset information:

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2005-09-27
Information last updated: 2016-04-27
All data in the Integrated Marine Information System (IMIS) is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy