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BIOME-BGC: TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEM PROCESS MODEL, VERSION 4.1.1Entry ID: model_biome-bgc
Abstract: This dataset is a census of penguin colony counts from the year 1900 in the Antarctic region. It forms part of the Inventory of Antarctic seabird breeding sites within the Antarctic and subantarctic islands. The Antarctic and subantarctic fauna database (seabirds) is a database detailing the distribution and abundance of breeding localities for Antarctic and Subantarctic seabirds. Each species' ... compilation was produced by members of the SCAR Bird Biology Subcommittee.
This separate metadata record has been created beacause it represents only the penguin colony counts that have been published to OBIS. Note: The Year (not day or month) date is only relevent in this dataset. The positions that have been published to OBIS include latitude and longitude positions that were not included within the original dataset. The latitude and longitude positions that were not noted by the observer have been created from the locality given by the observer using the Antarctic Composite Gazetteer.
Two spreadsheets are available for download, from the URL given below. The original, unmodified spreadsheet is available, as well as a corrected spreadsheet. In the corrected spreadsheet, the AADC has attempted to reconcile the poorly presented localities into a single column. It is possible that some of these localities may not be correct.
The fields in this dataset are:
Number of Colonies
Number of Pairs
Type and accuracy of count
These data are further referenced in ANARE Research Notes 9 - see reference below.
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Start Date: 1901-01-01Stop Date: 1996-12-31
Quality The dates provided in temporal coverage are approximate only. As well as the original spreadsheet, a modified spreadsheet is available for download from the URL given below. The AADC cannot guarantee the quality of the modified dataset.
The codes used in the type and accuracy column are:
C = chick
A = Adult
N = Nest
... B = Birds (when no information available as to whether chick or adult)
1 = pairs/nests essentially individually counted. The count is probably accurate to better than plus or minus 5 %.
2 = numbers of pairs in a known area counted individually and knowing the total area of the colony, the overall total calculated. This technique is useful for very large colonies.
3 = Accurate estimates; plus or minus 10-15 % accuracy.
4 = Rough estimate; accurate to 25-50%.
5 = Guesstiamte; to nearest order of magnitude.
Access Constraints The excel spreadsheet of data are available for download from the URL given below.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License
Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at the URL below when using these data.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 127 kb
Distribution Format: Excel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: eric.woehler at gmail.com
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7001
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +61 3 6232 3237
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: jessica.benjamin at aad.gov.au
Australian Antarctic Division 203 Channel Highway
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Horne, R. (1983) The distribution of penguin breeding colonies on the Australian Antarctic Territory, Heard Island, the McDonald Islands, and Macquarie Island. ANARE Research Notes 9. 82 pp
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-10-19
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-12-19