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Global Marine biodiversity data from Seawatchers Marine Citizen Science Platform 1980-2020
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Chic, Oscar; Garrabou, Joaquim. (2021) Global Marine biodiversity data from Seawatchers Marine Citizen Science Platform between 1980 and 2020.
Contact: Garrabou, Joaquim ;

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Observadores del Mar is a marine citizen science platform launched in 2012 devoted to enhancing the understanding of the conservation status of marine ecosystems. The platform hosts 13 projects covering 8 main taxa: corals, jellyfishes, decapod crustaceans, fishes, seaweeds, seagrasses, seabirds and molluscs, in addition to two projects focused on marine litter and reporting information on two main topics: i) biodiversity data focusing mainly on species distribution and abundance, and ii) the impacts of anthropogenic activities (e.g. jellyfish blooms) and associated mid- to long-term changes (e.g. colonization of invasive species). Almost 5500 observations validated by scientists have been already collected resulting in more than 20 scientific papers and communications. The major findings have been new records of introduced and invasive species, tracking the spread of novel pen shell mortality outbreak in the Mediterranean Sea and monitoring microplastic concentration on beaches.

Biology > Benthos, Biology > Birds, Biology > Fish, Biology > Macroalgae, Biology > Plants
Marine/Coastal, Citizen participation, Citizen science, Climate change, Nature conservation, ANE, Biscay Bay, ASE, Canary I., EurOBIS calculated BBOX, MED, Arthropoda, Chlorophyta, Chordata, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Mollusca, Ochrophyta, Porifera, Rhodophyta, Tracheophyta

Geographical coverage
ANE, Biscay Bay [Marine Regions]
ASE, Canary I. [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -28,6258; MinLat: 27,6384 - MaxLong: 35,9064; MaxLat: 45,7626 [WGS84]
Mediterranean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1980 - 30 April 2020

Taxonomic coverage
Arthropoda [WoRMS]
Chlorophyta [WoRMS]
Chordata [WoRMS]
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Ctenophora [WoRMS]
Mollusca [WoRMS]
Ochrophyta [WoRMS]
Porifera [WoRMS]
Rhodophyta [WoRMS]
Tracheophyta [WoRMS]

Length maximum of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Length minimum of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Length of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Temperature of the water body [BODC]

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), moredata creator

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Citizen science
Metadatarecord created: 2020-06-25
Information last updated: 2020-08-07
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