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Review of current and historical seabed biological time-series studies in the UK and near Europe 2003


This review was undertaken for JNCC to identify organisations that are carrying out, or have carried out, time-series studies that may contribute to a network of relevant observations. The study incidentally identified studies that might establish some general principles about stability and change in seabed communities and some of the species that may respond to particular perturbations.

All of the datasets reviewed and detailed in the database include some information useful in interpreting temporal change. Datasets that include data collected in a systematic manner over many years are identified that could form a part of a network of surveillance sites in the UK. Many datasets indicate a high degree of constancy in the biotopes and species present at a location against a background of change in some component species. That change is often not synchronous between sites that are similar in character, making identification of 'reference' sites, where natural change can be compared against change due to human activities, potentially difficult.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2003·03·10

Hiscock, K. & Kimmance, S. 2003 Review of current and historical seabed biological time-series studies in the UK and near Europe, JNCC Report No. 336, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

The review looked at ninety-two seabed biological surveys that included time-series data.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·11·01

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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