Dissemination of data on environmental characteristics,using innovative electronic (CD-ROM) data management: Tools for protection of biodiversity in the endangered areas of the World's Tropical Ocean
The leading oceanographic institutes of Ukraine and Russia hold extensive and very valuable information on the species diversity and spatial-temporal variability ... of physical, chemical and biological characteristics from the World's Tropical Ocean. Up to now, this information has been practically inaccessible to scientist outside the Former Soviet Union (FSU). This project aims to make these data available through the establishment of scientific links between western Europe and FSU countries, which will enable the data to be evaluated, jointly analysed and made available to the international scientific community. In 1997, a joint research project was funded by the International Associate for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the Independent States of the FSU (INTAS) in the frame of project UA952-80 with additional funding from the Dept. of Environment and Transport (DETR)UK.
The evaluation and modern analysis of these data can fill the gap of our knowledge on biovariability required for the macroscale and the synoptic scale. The above data will form a basis to become combined with those obtained by USA, UK and The Netherlands during recent expeditions to the Indian Ocean.
The project involves the Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, Ukraine; Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Ukraine; Institute of Oceanology, Russia; Expert Centre for Taxonomic Identification, University of Amsterdam; Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK. The project involves the co-operation between the institutes to digitise the basic oceanographic datasets and release them on CD-ROM, to be widely available to scientists all over the world.
The data includes physical (temperature, salinity), Chemical (dissolved oxygen, phosphate, nitrate, nitrite) and Biological (Chlorophyll-a, primary productivity, Bacterioplankton, phytoplankton, microzooplankton, mesozooplankton, micronekton and nekton)data. The collected plankton and trawl samples were treated to the level of genus and part of them to the species level. The sampling procedure included the studies of vertical profiles, trawls, horizontal plankton continuous records and net catches in mainly the upper 200m layer.
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