Planktonic foraminifera counts and shell weight from sediment traps Cape Blanc-3 and Cape Blanc-18


We present the first analysis of the relative contribution of variability in shell flux, shell size, and calcification intensity (weight/size) in individual species to the total calcite flux by the planktonic foraminifera community on intra-annual (seasonal) and interannual timescales. We investigated the export flux of planktonic foraminifera in two one-year sediment trap time series from the Northeastern Atlantic Ocean and placed the observed variability of shell flux, shell size, and calcification intensity of each species in the context of the resulting calcite flux. For this issue, we selected 1990-1991 (Cape Blanc-3) and 2007-2008 (Cape Blanc-18) time series from the Cape Blanc upwelling area. Each of these deployments covered an entire year continuously, with an average sampling resolution of ~20 days. Here, we provide the data concerning the species counts and shell weight, picked from size fractions > 150 µm, captured during the studied time series. Shell mass error was calculated as the standard deviation of the measurements divided by the square root of number of measurements, divided by the number of the weighed specimens.

Measured shell weight values are average shell masses.

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Creator Kiss, Peter ORCID logo; Jonkers, Lukas ORCID logo; Hudáčková, Natália ORCID logo; Reuter, Runa T (ORCID: 0009-0004-4940-963X); Donner, Barbara; Fischer, Gerhard ORCID logo; Kucera, Michal ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2021
Funding Reference Slovak Research and Development Agency Crossref Funder ID APVV 15-0575 Paleoclimate record and Miocene climate variability in Central and Eastern Paratethys; Slovak Research and Development Agency Crossref Funder ID APVV 16-0121 Geodynamics of the Alpine-Carpathian junction area constrained by dating of the Cenozoic evolutionary phases in the Vienna and Danube basins
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
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Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 2757 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-20.804W, 21.138S, -20.672E, 21.286N); Cape Blanc
Temporal Coverage Begin 1990-04-08T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2007-04-10T00:00:00Z