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IMOS - AusCPR: Phytoplankton Abundance
Richardson AJ, Walne AW, John AWG, Jonas TD, Lindley JA, Sims DW, Stevens D, Witt M (2006) Using continuous plankton recorder data. Prog Oceanogr 68:27-74.
Contact: Marine and Atmospheric Research (CSIRO-CMAR), more

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The Australian Continuous Plankton Recorder (AusCPR) survey is a joint project of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR) and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) to measure plankton communities as a guide to the health of Australia's oceans. The phytoplankton abundance data are analysed as per Richardson et al 2006. It is advised that anyone using the data should first read this methodology or contact the project contact person. The aims of the AusCPR survey are to: * map plankton biodiversity and distribution * develop the first long-term plankton baseline for Australian waters
* document plankton changes in response to climate change
* provide indices for fisheries management
* detect harmful algal blooms
* validate satellite remote sensing
* initialise and test ecosystem models more

Servicing and maintenance of the CPRs and analysis of the samples for the AusCPR survey will be carried out by staff based at the CMAR laboratories in Queensland and at the AAD in Hobart. The project was funded by the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and falls with the Ships of Opportunity facility. Data storage and access is planned to be interoperable with other national and international programs through the IMOS eMarine Information Infrastructure (eMII). Results from the AusCPR survey are available through the IMOS data portal: For information on using the data please refer to the Richardson et al. 2006. As the taxonomic resolution of the data has changed over time, due to continual training, it is important that users refer to the change log tables included in your data download. These will provide information on the validity of the taxa, from what date we have been identifing certain taxa etc. Classification fields may be blank depending on the level to which that taxa has been identified, i.e. if only identified to family, genus and species will be blank. This data is freely available but please acknowlegment all relevant parties, as detailed in acknowledgement section. Additional information for this dataset may be available via the original MarLIN metadata entry: See Also:

Biology > Plankton > Phytoplankton
Marine/Coastal, Marine phytoplankton, Phytoplankton species, Australia

Geographical coverage
Australia [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
2007 - 2012

Occurrence of biota

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (Australia); Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR), moredata creator

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Published in:
OBIS-Australia: Australian Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Based on this dataset
Richardson, A.J. et al. (2006). Using continuous plankton recorder data. Prog. Oceanogr. 68(1): 27-74, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-18
Information last updated: 2015-05-20
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