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MME-T-MEDNet: Mass mortality events in Mediterranean marine coastal ecosystems
Garrabou, Joaquim; Bazairi, Hocein; Espinosa, Free; Ramdani, Mohamed; Grimes, Samir; Benabdi, Mouloud; Ben Souissi, Jamila; Soufi, Emna; Khamassi, Faten; Ghanem, Raouia; Ocaña, Óscar; Ramos Esplá, Alfonso A.; Izquierdo, Andrés; Antón, Irene; Portillo, Esther; Barberá, Carmen; Marbà, Núria; Hendriks, Iris E.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Cebrian, Emma; Deudero Company, María de la Salud; Díaz, David; Vázquez-Luis, Maite; Álvarez, Elvira; Linares, Cristina; Hereu, Bernat; Kersting, D. K.; Bensoussan, Nathaniel; Gómez-Gras, D.; Azzurro, Ernesto; Ledoux, J. B.; Gori, Andrea; Viladrich, Nuria; Sartoretto, Stéphane; Pairaud, Ivane Lilian; Ruitton, Sandrine; Fraschetti, Simonetta; Rivetti, Irene; Cerrano, Carlo; Ponti, Massimo; Bavestrello, G.; Cattaneo-Vietti, R.; Bo, Marzia; Bertolino, Marco; Montefalcone, Monica; Kipson, Silvija; Bakran-Petricioli, Tatjana; Gerovasileiou, Vasilis; Sini, Maria; Tuney Kizilkaya, Inci; Zilizkaya, Zafer; Eda Topçu, N.; Rilov, Gil ; 2018; "MME-T-MEDNet: Mass mortality events in Mediterranean marine coastal ecosystems [Dataset]"; DIGITAL.CSIC;
Contact: Garrabou, Joaquim ;

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The Mass Mortality Events database (hereafter MME-T-MEDNet) is a collaborative initiative involving more than 30 research institutions from 10 Mediterranean countries including EU and non-EU countries. This initiative aims to facilitate the access to information (published in scientific journals and gray literature or still unpublished) related to Mediterranean Mass Mortality Events (MMEs). more

The main objectives of the initiative are to: 1) Assemble and standardize existing information on MMEs; 2)Identify geographic gaps that need to be addressed through future monitoring and research efforts; 3) Assessing species vulnerability to MMEs and identifying observation taxonomic gaps; 4) Fostering the analysis of the relationship between MMEs and environmental conditions, with an emphasis on marine heat waves; 5) Provide an unrestricted, open-source and easy access dataset; 6) Ensure transparency and clarity regarding the origin of each dataset and adequate data citation; 7) Providing information for the assessment of the impact of MMEs on the biodiversity and socio-economic activities. Field observations of mass mortality events in a specific geographic location (site) are the core of the MME-T-MEDNet database. One database record corresponds to the observation of abnormal (high) values of partial and/or total mortality (usually through quantitative indicators) in one local population at one specific time (or period). Here, we consider a local population as a group of colonies or specimens/individuals of the same species (ranging from tens to thousands depending on the species) dwelling in a specific geographic location that is defined by coordinates and depth range.

Biology > Benthos, Biology > Macroalgae
Marine/Coastal, Citizen science, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, MED, Adriatic Sea, MED, Aegean, MED, Alboran Sea, MED, Eastern Mediterranean, MED, Ionian Sea, MED, Tunisia, MED, Western Mediterranean, Annelida, Ascidiacea, Bivalvia, Bryozoa, Chlorophyta, Cnidaria, Echinodermata, Porifera, Rhodophyta

Geographical coverage
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -4,4076; MinLat: 31,3267 - MaxLong: 35,0897; MaxLat: 44,9703 [WGS84]
MED, Adriatic Sea [Marine Regions]
MED, Aegean [Marine Regions]
MED, Alboran Sea [Marine Regions]
MED, Eastern Mediterranean [Marine Regions]
MED, Ionian Sea [Marine Regions]
MED, Tunisia [Marine Regions]
MED, Western Mediterranean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1979 - 2019

Taxonomic coverage
Annelida [WoRMS]
Ascidiacea [WoRMS]
Bivalvia [WoRMS]
Bryozoa [WoRMS]
Chlorophyta [WoRMS]
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Echinodermata [WoRMS]
Porifera [WoRMS]
Rhodophyta [WoRMS]

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), moredata creatordata manager
Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competiveness; Instituto Español de Oceanografía; Centro Oceanográfico de Baleares (IEO), moredata creator
Sorbonne Université; Sorbonne Université/CNRS, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), moredata creator
Universitat de les Illes Balears; Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados (IMEDEA), moredata creator
National high school of sea science and coastal development (ENSSMAL), moredata creator
Universitat de Barcelona; Facultat Biologia; Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals; Institut de Recerca de Biodiversitat (IRBio), moredata creator
Polytechnic University of Marche; Faculty of Sciences; Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (DiSVA), moredata creator
Stazione Zoologica 'Anton Dohrn' of Naples (SZN), moredata creator
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research; Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBCC), moredata creator
University of Bologna; Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BIGEA), moredata creator
The University of Alicante, moredata creator
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC), moredata creator
University of Bologna (UNIBO), moredata creator
Université Mohammed V Agdal; Faculté des Sciences de Rabat; BioBio Research Center; BIOECOGEN Laboratory, moredata creator
University of Sevilla; Laboratorio di Biologia Marina, moredata creator
Université Mohammed V Agdal; Institut Scientifique de Rabat, moredata creator
University of Oran Es-Senia; Laboratoire Réseau de Surveillance Environnementale, moredata creator
Tunis El Manar University, moredata creator
Museo del Mar de Ceuta (MMC), moredata creator
The University of Alicante; Centro de Investigación Marina (CIMAR), moredata creator
The University of Alicante; Departamento Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada, moredata creator
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), moredata creator
Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers, moredata creator
Institut Pythéas, moredata creator
Sorbonne Université, moredata creator
University of Naples; Department of Biology, moredata creator
Italian National Research Council; Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnologies (IRBIM), moredata creator
National Interuniversity Consortium For Marine Sciences (CoNISMa), moredata creator
University of Genova; Facoltà di Scienze Matematiche Fisiche e Naturali; Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences (DISTAV), moredata creator
International Marine Centre (IMC), moredata creator
Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Ltd.; National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), moredata creator
Mediterranean Conservation Society, moredata creator
University of the Aegean; Department of marine sciences, moredata creator
University of Zagreb; Faculty of Science; Department of Biology, moredata creatordata manager
The University of Alicante; Departamento de Fisología, Genética y Microbiología, moredata creator
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB), moredata creator
Universita di Corsica, moredata creator
Ege University; Faculty of Science; Department of Biology, moredata creator
Université Aix-Marseille III, moredata creator
University of Istanbul; Faculty of Aquatic Sciences; Department of Marine Biology, moredata creator

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Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Describing this dataset
Garrabou, Joaquim et al. (2019). Collaborative database to track mass mortality events in the Mediterranean Sea. Front. Mar. Sci. 6., more

Data type: Data
Data origin: Citizen science
Metadatarecord created: 2020-06-25
Information last updated: 2020-07-07
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