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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initiative aims to facilitate the access to information (published in scientific journals and gray literature or still unpublished) related to Mediterranean Mass Mortality Events (MMEs).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]

Garrabou, Joaquim, data creatordata manager
Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competiveness; Instituto Español de Oceanografía; Centro Oceanográfico de Baleares (IEO), moredata creator
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), moredata creator

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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.

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