North American Sessile Marine Invertebrates
The North American Sessile Marine Invertebrate Survey is conducted with settling plates to monitor native and invasive species. Data are available at OBIS. The OBIS compiled data includes species name, individual count, lat/lon, and some environmental correlates like depth and salinity.
Dataset Location: OBIS Sessile Marine Invertebrates
Direct Download: OBIS Sessile Marine Invertebrates
Site Location: embayments across the United States coastline
Site(s) Georeferenced: Yes
Timespan: 2000 - 2005
Data Collection Summary / Methods: Invertebrate collecting devices called settling plates are deployed at marinas, commercial and military docks in several embayments each year. Settling plates are constructed of both wood and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) so that both wood-boring species and hard surface foulers can be collected.
OBIS data schema: species name, individual count, date, location, temperature, depth, salinity, nitrogen, oxygen, silicate.
Known Issues: weaknesses, limitations, errors, caveats, etc.
Best Practices: tips for separating the wheat from the chaff
Conditions for use: 'freely available' and 'open-access' as per OBIS: http://iobis.org/about/vision
Citation/ Distributing Authors: Ruiz GM, Fofonoff PW, Steves B, Huber T, Larson K, McCann L, Hitchcock NG, Hines AH, & Carlton JT. 2005. North American Sessile Marine Invertebrate Survey. http://invasions.si.edu/nemesis/
Marine Invasions Research Lab - http://www.serc.si.edu/labs/marine_invasions/
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System - http://invasions.si.edu/nemesis/
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center - http://www.serc.si.edu/
Available via the EcoData Retriever: No