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Seabird assemblages observed during the BROKE-West survey of the Antarctic coastline (30-80 E), January-March 2006
Entry ID: BROKE-West_Seabirds

Abstract: Seabird surveys in January - March 2006 of a poorly known area of the Southern Ocean adjacent to the East Antarctic coast identified six seabird communities, several of which were comparable to seabird communities identified both in adjacent sectors of the Antarctic, and elsewhere in the Southern Ocean. These results support previous proposals that the Southern Ocean seabird community is ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -53.0   S: -68.0   E: 80.0   W: 30.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Woehler, E. and Raymond, B.
Dataset Title: Seabird assemblages observed during the BROKE-West survey by the Aurora Australis of the Antarctic coastline (30-80 E), January-March 2006
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2012-06-20
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2006-01-03
Stop Date: 2006-03-12
Quality Observations of the numbers and behaviours of all seabirds present within a 300m forward quadrant of the ship were recorded continuously while the vessel was underway during daylight hours. Ship-followers were excluded from all analyses following BIOMASS Working Party on Bird Ecology (1982) as these individuals bias abundance estimates and reduce statistical correlations between seabirds and the physical environment. Ship-followers typically associate with the vessel for extended periods, either following the vessel at the stern or circling the vessel, or both. Data for prions (Pachyptila spp.) and dark shearwaters (Puffinus griseus and P. tenuirostris) have been pooled as with previous analyses, as these are difficult to separate at sea.
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Eric J Woehler, Ben Raymond, Adrian Boyle, Andrew Stafford (2010), Seabird assemblages observed during the BROKE-West survey of the Antarctic coastline (30E-80E), January - March 2006, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 57, 9-10, 982-991,, "BROKE-West" a Biological/Oceanographic Survey Off the Coast of East Antarctica (30-80E) Carried Out in January-March 2006
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-06-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24