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A Window on Science: ARMS hard-bottom communities

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A Window on Science: ARMS hard-bottom communities

Marine Biodiversity Observation Networks (MBON) are a growing global initiative consisting of regional networks of scientists, resource managers and end users, working to integrate data from existing long-term programmes. The aim is to improve our understanding of changes and connections between marine biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Within ASSEMBLE Plus’s Joint Research Activity 1 (JRA1) there are two genomic observation networks: Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) and Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS-MBON)

ARMS are placed in European coastal waters and retrieved on a regular basis. The aim is to assess the status of, and changes in, hard-bottom communities of near-coast environments, using genetic methods supplemented with image analysis and visual inspection methods. Hard-bottom communities live on coastal seafloors. Studying them has revealed an unprecedented complexity of organisms, many of which have never been observed before! Listen to ASSEMBLE Plus partners, data manager Katrina Exter (VLIZ) and network coordinator Matthias Orbst (UGOT) feature on the LifeWatch ERIC 'A Window on Science' podcast season 2 episode 2. The second season of the series looks at the research cases that validated the development of Virtual Research Environments – online tools and services that enable biodiversity and ecosystem research at scales never before achieved. 

Listen to Season 2 Episode 2: ARMS. Hard-bottom Communities


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