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2009 University of Plymouth Wave Hub, Cornwall towed underwater video baseline benthic survey
University of Plymouth (2021): 2009 University of Plymouth Wave Hub, Cornwall towed underwater video baseline benthic survey. v1.2. Marine Biological Association. Dataset/Samplingevent

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This data set comprises of marine epibenthos (74 identified taxa derived from Algae, Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Cnidaria, Echinodermata, Mollusca, Nemertea, Porifera) data quantified in June 2009 at The Wave Hub development zone, a Marine Renewable Energy Installation (MREI) in Hayle, Cornwall, South West UK. The Wave Hub development zone is compartmentalised into four areas, five sites were surveyed in each area using a high definition towed underwater video system. At each site a 200 x 0.5 metre transect of the seabed was undertaken. The survey was carried out as a baseline to characterise the seabed fauna present, prior to any subsea infrastructure being deployed at the test site. The design was also replicated to the east and west of the Wave Hub site to provide controls for future impact assessment.

Biology > Benthos > Epibenthos
Marine/Coastal, Benthos, Renewable energy, Video observations, Wave energy, ANE, British Isles, England, Cornwall, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, , Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Cnidaria, Echinodermata, Mollusca, Nemertea, Porifera

Geographical coverage
ANE, British Isles, England, Cornwall Stations [Marine Regions]
UK Block 94/23 Oil and Gas Authority
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -5,6824; MinLat: 50,3419 - MaxLong: -5,5469; MaxLat: 50,4066 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
June 2009

Taxonomic coverage
Annelida [WoRMS]
Arthropoda [WoRMS]
Bryozoa [WoRMS]
Chordata [WoRMS]
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Echinodermata [WoRMS]
Mollusca [WoRMS]
Nemertea [WoRMS]
Porifera [WoRMS]


Abundance of biological entity specified elsewhere per unit area of the bed [BODC]
Depth (spatial coordinate) of sampling event start relative to water surface in the water body [BODC]
Length of sampling track [BODC]
Speed of measurement platform relative to ground surface {speed over ground} by unspecified GPS system [BODC]

University of Plymouth; Plymouth Polytechnicdata creator
Sheehan, Emma

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Based on this dataset
Sheehan, E.V. et al. (2013). Benthic interactions with renewable energy installations in a temperate ecosystem, in: Proceedings of the Twenty-third (2013) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Anchorage, Alaska, USA, June 30–July 5, 2013. The Proceedings of the ... International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, : pp. 677-684

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2020-03-17
Information last updated: 2021-04-30
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