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Qualitative and quantitative composition of the zooplankton community for 73 "Mechele" stations in the Southern Bight of the North Sea between January 1971 and December 1974.The data are digitized from technical reports in the frame of the 4DEMON project.
Counts of observed mangrove crabs and their relationship with the environment (abiotic data for the location where the crabs were found). The data were digitized by VLIZ from the original report: Gillikin, D. P. (2000). Factors controlling the distribution of Kenyan brachyuran mangrove crabs: salinity tolerance and ecophysiology of two Kenyan Neosarmatium species. MSc Thesis. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (ECOMAMA): Brussel. 152 pp.
The AMORE-II research focused on establishing quantitative and qualitative links between nutrient enrichment, spreading of high-biomass algal blooms (Phaeocystis globosa but also the co-occurrent diatom Guinardia delicatula), presence of gelatinous zooplankton (the dinoflagellate Noctiluca scintillans, the appendicularian Oïkoploira dioica) and impact on ecosystem function.
The AMORE project contributes to the implementation of an integrated land-coastal zone research methodology to assess and predict the eutrophication level of the coastal North Sea and the associated undesirable effects. The ultimate aim is to reduce the current context of uncertainty in which decisions to counteract the eutrophication of the NS and protect its natural resources are made. Process-level field and laboratory-scale experiments were conducted to improve the basic knowledge on mechanisms through which a change in nutrients (in terms of N:P:Si NO3:NH4 inorganic:organic N ratios) induced modification in the phytoplanktonic community structure and hence the functioning of the whole planktonic food-web. For this the MUMM station 330_a has been monitored for a period of three years.