Zooplankton Species Distribution and Abundance Data, Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) Chukchi Sea research cruise, August 2017

Sampling event
Latest version published by United States Geological Survey on Mar 31, 2022 United States Geological Survey
Publication date:
31 March 2022
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This dataset contains zooplankton species distribution and abundance data collected in the Chukchi Sea during the August 2017 Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) research cruise. The dataset is a comma separate values file (csv) exported from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The data include the location, date, time, depth, abundance and biomass of zooplankton collected during the 2017 AMBON cruise. Zooplankton were caught with traditional 150µm plankton nets and taxonomically identified. Each data file include the location, date, time, depth, and identification of zooplankton taxa collected during the 2015 AMBON cruise. The data in the file named AMBON2017_Zooplankton_Abundance_150_DC.csv and AMBON2017_505_Zooplankton_Abundance_DWC.csv consists of abundance per taxon of zooplankton. The data in the file named AMBON2017_Zooplankton_Biomass_150_DC.csv and AMBON2017_505_Zooplankton_Biomass_DWC.csv consists of biomass per taxon of zooplankton. These data files are presented in a table structure using Darwin Core term names as column names. This dataset also contains the file AMBON_station_masterlist.csv, describing stations sampled during AMBON cruises. The goal of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) project is to demonstrate and build an operational marine biodiversity observing network from microbes to whales, integrating diversity levels from genetic to organismal. AMBON is funded through the National Ocean Partnership Program, with contributions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM), Shell Exploration and Production Company, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The AMBON field region is located on the Chukchi Sea continental shelf in the US Arctic as a region exposed to climatic changes and anthropogenic influences. AMBON is composed of a team of multi-institutional and multi-sector partners active in a variety of Arctic biodiversity observing programs and covering disciplines ranging from genetic to organismal to ecosystem. Zooplankton are the key link between primary production and many other trophic levels. Their incredible numbers and their ability to store large amounts of lipids make them an essential food source for many pelagic-feeding fishes, birds and mammals.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 154 records.

2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

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Russell Hopcroft
  • Originator
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Adrienne Canino
  • Processor
Metadata Specialist
Axiom Data Science
Cheryl Clarke Hopcroft
  • Point Of Contact
Research Professional III
Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Caitlin Smoot
  • Point Of Contact
Research Professional
Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Abigail Benson
  • Publisher
U.S. Geological Survey
Adrienne Canino
  • Processor
Data Librarian
Axiom Data Science

Geographic Coverage

Chukchi Sea, Alaska, USA

Bounding Coordinates South West [67.617, -168.943], North East [72.494, -164.113]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2017-08-06 / 2017-08-22

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by OBIS