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BB10 - Plankton lifeforms (PH-1/FW-5)

FieldDescriptionValidated Entry
[Table title]Name of monitoring programmePlankton lifeforms (PH-1/FW-5)
[ProgrammeDescription]Description of the monitoring programmeThe  plankton monitoring programme consists of surveys from a
variety of government agencies and research organisations. They employ
sampling techniques ranging from collections at fixed (buoys or
moorings) time-series stations using nets, tubes integrating the top 10m
of the water column, and water bottles to the Continuous Plankton
Recorder survey, a large scale plankton monitoring programme which
uses ships of opportunity . All these surveys
contribute towards a large quantity of plankton data, however,
variation in sampling methods, levels of taxonomic identification, and
methods of taxa enumeration provide a challenge to UK-level assessments.
To address this and provide a holistic view of the plankton, an
indicator based on plankton lifeforms was developed which allows the
use of all plankton datasets, regardless of differences in sampling or
analysis techniques.
[OtherPoliciesConventions]Monitoring for other Union legislation or international agreements that contributes to the programme.OSP-CEMP
[Contracting Parties monitoring]

Which other countries are involved in practical implementation of this monitoring programme, and what is the degree of cooperation.

Agreed data collection methods
[Contracting Parties supplying data] UK
[Contracting Parties with an "opt out"] n/a
[Temporal scope]Start (and end) date of the programme.1958 - 9999
[Spatial scope]Spatial coverage of the programme according to the jurisdictional zones of marine waters.Territorial waters
EEZ (or similar, e.g. Contiguous Zone, Fishing Zone, Ecological Protection Zone)
Continental shelf (beyond EEZ)
Beyond MS Marine Waters
[Aggregation of Data]At which scale can the data from the sub-programme be aggregated for environmental assessments?By subegion
[MarineReportingUnit]Area(s) where the programme takes place.marineSubregion

[Monitoring Purpose]

Purpose of the programme aimed at collecting data and information.Environmental state and impacts
[MonitoringType]Type of monitoring (in-situ, remote sensing, etc.).In-situ sampling offshore
In-situ sampling coastal
[Indicator Metric]Feature(s) monitored (ecosystem components, pressures, activities).TrophicGuildsPrimProd
[Elements]Element(s) monitored (e.g. species, habitats, contaminants).Zooplankton communities
Zooplankton communities - gelatinous
Phytoplankton communities
[Element Monitored] Biological feature: A description of the biological communities associated with the predominant seabed and water column habitats
[Parameter Measured]Parameter(s) monitored.ABU
[Monitoring Guidelines/Monitoring Method in place]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.OTH
[MonitoringMethodOther]Guidelines/protocols describing the method for monitoring.Use of existing monitoring programme, which employ various sampling and analysis methodologies
[Quality Assurance Procedures in Place]In addition to a specified method, is there any additional Quality Assurance used?CPR time-series has strict internal QA/QC procedures as well as BEQUALM accreditation
[Quality Control]What type of Quality Control is used?CPR time-series has strict internal QA/QC procedures as well as BEQUALM accreditation
[Data submission Frequency (and deadline)]Frequency of the monitoringYearly
[Applicable MSFD GES Criteria]Indicator(s) to which the programme contributes.


[Data Depository]Link to where monitoring data can be accessed (Art. 19(3)
[Data Custodian] Marine Biological Association
[Assessment Guidelines]  
[Assessment tools available]  
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BB10 - Plankton lifeforms (PH-1/FW-5)