The Australian Continuous Plankton Recorder (AusCPR) survey is a joint project of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR) and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) to measure plankton communities as a guide to the health of Australia's oceans. The biomass is analysed from the same segment from which the zooplankton is analysed. All the plankton is washed onto a pre-weighed filter. This is left in an oven at 60 degrees C for 24-48 hours. It is reweighed to give the dry weight. It is advised that anyone using the data should contact the project contact person. The aims of the AusCPR survey are to: * map plankton biodiversity and distribution * develop the first long-term plankton baseline for Australian waters * document plankton changes in response to climate change * provide indices for fisheries management * detect harmful algal blooms * validate satellite remote sensing * initialise and test ecosystem models Servicing and maintenance of the CPRs and analysis of the samples for the AusCPR survey will be carried out by staff based at the CMAR laboratories in Queensland and at the AAD in Hobart. The project was funded by the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and falls with the Ships of Opportunity facility. Data storage and access is planned to be interoperable with other national and international programs through the IMOS eMarine Information Infrastructure (eMII). Results from the AusCPR survey are available through the IMOS data portal: http://imos.aodn.org.au/webportal/ This data is freely available but please acknowledge all relevant parties, as detailed in acknowledgement section.
These data are from the Australian Continuous Plankton Recorder (AusCPR) survey part of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) - IMOS is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by the Australian Government.
Please also acknowledge the relevant party that helped to collect the data. This information is contained in the download of the zooplankton abundance.
ANL - ANL Windarra container shipping
CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
MNF - Marine National Facility
Sealord Group Ltd.
SOCPR - Southern Ocean Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey
AIMS - Australian Institute of Marine Science
GA - Geoscience Australia
Malaspina Cruise - March 2011 aboard vessel Hesprides