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Benthic communities and environmental parameters in three Mediterranean ports (Sardinia, Crete, Tunisia)

Latest version published by Hellenic Center for Marine Research on Oct 20, 2017 Hellenic Center for Marine Research

Three seasonal sampling campaigns (winter, summer before touristic period, summer after touristic period) were implemented during 2012 in three Mediterranean touristic ports: Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), Heraklion (Crete, Greece) and El Kantaoui (Tunisia). Three to five stations were sampled per port, which were part of different port sectors (leisure, fishing, passenger, cargo, shipyard). Three water and three sediment replicate samples were collected per station for analysis of nutrients, pigments and hydrocarbons. One replicate was analysed for physical parameters, heavy metals and granulometry. Five sediment replicates were collected for analysis of benthic biodiversity. Benthic organisms were sorted to the main taxonomic groups (e.g. .Annelida, Mollusca, Arthropoda, Echinodermata) and identified to species level.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 540 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
    540
  • Occurrence 
    4067
  • MeasurementOrFact 
    2608

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Chatzinikolaou E., Arvanitidis C. (2017). Benthic communities and environmental parameters in three Mediterranean ports (Sardinia, Crete, Tunisia)

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Hellenic Center for Marine Research. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 9b11f305-fb7a-4a65-826e-7fb97af06e5f.  Hellenic Center for Marine Research publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Ocean Biogeographic Information System.

Keywords

Mediterranean Sea; Ports; Physical parameters; Hydrocarbons; Heavy metals; Nutrients; Benthic biodiversity

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Eva Chatzinikolaou
Post Doc Researcher
Hellenic Center for Marine Research P.O.Box 2214, heraklion, Crete 71003 Heraklion GR 00302810337741
Christos Arvanitidis
Director of Research
Hellenic Center for Marine Research P.O.Box 2214, heraklion, Crete 71003 Heraklion GR 00302810337748

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Eva Chatzinikolaou
Post Doc Researcher
Hellenic Center for Marine Research P.O.Box 2214, heraklion, Crete 71003 Heraklion GR 00302810337741

Who filled in the metadata:

Eva Chatzinikolaou
Post Doc Researcher
Hellenic Center for Marine Research P.O.Box 2214, heraklion, Crete 71003 Heraklion GR 00302810337741

Who else was associated with the resource:

Thanos Dailianis
Postdoc Researcher
Hellenic Center for Marine Research
Manolis Mandalakis
Postdoc Researcher
Hellenic Center for Marine Research
Alessandra Carucci
professor
University of Cagliari, Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture
Felicita Scapini
Professor
Department of Biology, University of Florence via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy 50125 Firenze IT
Claudia Rossano
Postdoc Researcher
Department of Biology, University of Florence via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy Firenze IT
Simone Gambineri
PhD
Department of Biology, University of Florence via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy Firenze IT
Giovanna Cappai
Associate Professor
University of Cagliari, Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering and Architecture
Panagiotis Damianidis
Postdoc Researcher
Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Wanda Plaitis
Research Technician
Hellenic Center for Marine Research
Custodian Steward
Stamatina Nikolopoulou
Research Technician
Hellenic Center for Marine Research
Dimitra Mavraki
Research Technician
Hellenic Center for Marine Research

Geographic Coverage

Cagliari: 5 stations (C1,C2,C3,C4,C5). Heraklion: 4 stations(H1,H3,H4,H5). El Kantaoui: 3 stations(E1,E2,E3). The values given below are maximum station depth. At the same time, this is sampling depth for all sediment samples and benthos. C1 = 7.8m, C2 = 4.5m, C3 = 8.3m, C4 = 13.5m, C5 = 11.4m. H1 = 3.7m, H3 = 19.5m, H4 = 10.5m, H5 = 19.0m. E1 = 2.5m, E2 = 4.0m, E3 = 3.2m.

Bounding Coordinates South West [33.724, 7.954], North East [41.311, 27.598]

Taxonomic Coverage

Macrobenthos

Phylum  Annelida,  Mollusca,  Arthropoda,  Echinodermata,  Nematoda,  Sipuncula,  Nemertea,  Cnidaria

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2012-02-13 / 2012-09-25

Project Data

http://www.mapmed.eu/

Title Management of Port areas in the Mediterranean Sea Basin (MAPMED).
Funding This dataset has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme.

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Christos Arvanitidis
Principal Investigator
Alessandra Carucci

Sampling Methods

Physical properties of water samples (water temperature, salinity, oxygen, pH) were measured on board with a 3420 WTW multi-meter. Turbidity was measured using a Secchi disk. Redox potential of sediment samples was measured with a SenTix ORP 900 WTW electrode. Sediment temperature was measured using a digital sediment thermometer. Water samples (5L) were collected using plastic containers from the sea surface and analysed for nutrients, pigments, hydrocarbons and heavy metals. Sediment samples were collected using a custom-made hand-operated box corer (13.5 x 13.5 x 16 cm) equipped with a modular expandable handle. For benthos box corer samples were sieved using a 0.5 mm sieve and then fixed and preserved in 5% formaldehyde buffered with seawater. For nutrients, pigments, hydrocarbons, heavy metals and granulometry sediment subsamples were collected using small plastic cores (diameter 4.4 cm).

Study Extent Ports of Cagliari-Sardinia, Heraklion-Crete, El Kantaoui-Tunisia

Method step description:

  1. 1)Five replicates per station for benthos. 2)Three replicates per station for water and sediment samples: nutrients, pigments, hydrocarbons. 3)One replicate per station for water and sediment samples: physical parameters, heavy metals, granulometry. 4)Water samples were collected from the seawater surface (depth 0-1 m).

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS. Publications: 1)Chatzinikolaou, E., Arvanitidis, C. (2016) Status, values and present threats in Heraklion harbour (Crete, Greece). Regional Studies in Marine Science. 8: 252-258. 2)Chatzinikolaou et al (2017, under review) Benthic biodiversity in three Mediterranean touristic ports. The Science of the Total Environment.

Alternative Identifiers 9b11f305-fb7a-4a65-826e-7fb97af06e5f
http://ipt.medobis.eu/resource?r=mapmed_ports