Benthos monitoring in the marine environment

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Environment

The seafloor is a very suitable indicator of stresses on the marine environment and can act as an early warning system. These stresses can originate from natural and/or anthropogenic sources. The condition of the seafloor (physical, chemical and biological) has been shown to modify in response to external influences. For example, organic matter falling to the seafloor may increase oxygen demand in the vicinity and stress and/or kill organisms located therein. Surveys using a variety of tools have been used to assess natural conditions prior to development or to assess the conservation status of an area. The Marine Environment and Food Safety Services Benthic Monitoring Unit is responsible for the review and assessment of existing and proposed activities that may have an influence on the marine environment.

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Title Benthos monitoring in the marine environment
Description

The seafloor is a very suitable indicator of stresses on the marine environment and can act as an early warning system. These stresses can originate from natural and/or anthropogenic sources. The condition of the seafloor (physical, chemical and biological) has been shown to modify in response to external influences. For example, organic matter falling to the seafloor may increase oxygen demand in the vicinity and stress and/or kill organisms located therein. Surveys using a variety of tools have been used to assess natural conditions prior to development or to assess the conservation status of an area. The Marine Environment and Food Safety Services Benthic Monitoring Unit is responsible for the review and assessment of existing and proposed activities that may have an influence on the marine environment.

Contact Point name: Benthos Ecology
email: datarequests@marine.ie
phone: +353-91-387200
Keywords atlantic ocean, benthic, benthos, biology, biota, celtic sea, environment, environmental monitoring facilities, hydrosphere, irish sea and st. george's channel, life science, north atlantic ocean, north-east atlantic ocean, oceans
Theme Environment
Publisher Marine Institute
Issue Date 0:0 31/12/2002
Conforms To The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Last Modification Date 16:17 5/12/2016
Publication Frequency annually
Language eng
Landing Page None
Geographic Coverage North: 55.6, South: 51.2, East: -5.6, West: -11.1
Vertical Extent Domain name: sea level, Min value: -500, Max value: 0
Lineage Data collected from Marine Institute benthos ecology sampling programmes. Quality control applied by Benthos Ecology team.
Temporal Extent From: 2002-01-01 00:00, To: n/a
Spatial Reference System http://www.opengis.net/def/crs/EPSG/0/4326
Spatial Resolution 50000