Abundance of mesozooplankton from the S-IT4 cruise in the Western Mediterranean Sea in March and April 2008


The "SESAME_IT4_ZooAbundance_0-50-100m_SZN" dataset contains data of mesozooplankton species composition and abundance (ind./m**3) from samples collected in the Western Mediterranean in the early spring of 2008 (20 March-5 April) during the SESAME-WP2 cruise IT4. Samples were collected by vertical tows with a closing WP2 net (56 cm diameter, 200 µm mesh size) in the following depth layers: 100-200 m, 50-100 m, 0-50 m. Sampling was always performed in light hours. A flowmeter was applied to the mouth of the net, however, due to its malfunctioning, the volume of filtered seawater was calculated by multiplying the the area by the height of the sampled layer from winch readings. After collection, each sample was split in two halves (1/2) after careful mixing with graduated beakers. Half sample was immediately fixed and preserved in a formaldehyde-seawater solution (4% final concentration) for species composition and abundance. The other half sample was kept fresh for biomass measurements (data already submitted to SESAME database in different files). Here, only the zooplankton abundance of samples in the upper layers 0-50 m and 50-100 m are presented. The abundance data of the samples in the layer 50-100 m will be submitted later in a separate file.The volume of filtered seawater was estimated by multiplying the the area by the height of the sampled layer from winch readings. Identification and counts of specimens were performed on aliquots (1/20-1/5) of the fixed sample or on the total sample (half of the original sample) by using a graduate large-bore pipette. Copepods were identified to the species level and separated into females, males and juveniles (copepodites). All other taxa were identified at the species level when possible, or at higher taxonomic levels. Taxonomic identification was done according to the most relevant and updated taxonomic literature. Total mesozooplankton abundance was computed as sum of all specific abundances determined as explained above.

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.849705
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.849705
Creator Mazzocchi, Maria Grazia
Publisher PANGAEA
Contributor Assimakopoulou, Georgia
Publication Year 2015
Funding Reference Sixth Framework Programme https://doi.org/10.13039/100011103 Crossref Funder ID 36949 https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/36949 Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modelling Ecosystem Changes
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
OpenAccess true
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 2028 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (1.000W, 36.983S, 11.800E, 42.550N); Mediterranean Sea
Temporal Coverage Begin 2008-03-20T10:07:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2008-04-05T10:55:00Z