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Worldwide measurements of bioturbation intensity, ventilation rate, and the mixing depth of marine sediments

Worldwide measurements of bioturbation intensity, ventilation rate, and the mixing depth of marine sediments
Worldwide measurements of bioturbation intensity, ventilation rate, and the mixing depth of marine sediments

The activities of a diverse array of sediment-dwelling fauna are known to mediate carbon remineralisation, biogeochemical cycling and other important properties of marine ecosystems, but the contributions that different seabed communities make to the global inventory have not been established. Here we provide a comprehensive georeferenced database of measured values of bioturbation intensity (Db, n = 1281), burrow ventilation rate (q, n = 765, 47 species) and the mixing depth (L, n = 1780) of marine soft sediments compiled from the scientific literature (1864-2018). These data provide reference information that can be used to inform and parameterise global, habitat specific and/or species level biogeochemical models that will be of value within the fields of geochemistry, ecology, climate, and palaeobiology. We include metadata relating to the source, timing and location of each study, the methodology used, and environmental and experimental information. The dataset presents opportunity to interrogate current ecological theory, refine functional typologies, quantify uncertainty and/or test the relevance and robustness of models used to project ecosystem responses to change.

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Ward, Ellie R.
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White, Ellen L.
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Hibberd, Elizabeth E.
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Cassidy, Camilla
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Schuster, Jasmin M.
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Hale, Rachel
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Schuster, Jasmin M.
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Hale, Rachel
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Solan, Martin, Ward, Ellie R., White, Ellen L., Hibberd, Elizabeth E., Cassidy, Camilla, Schuster, Jasmin M., Hale, Rachel and Godbold, Jasmin A. (2019) Worldwide measurements of bioturbation intensity, ventilation rate, and the mixing depth of marine sediments. Scientific Data, 6 (1). (doi:10.1038/s41597-019-0069-7).

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The activities of a diverse array of sediment-dwelling fauna are known to mediate carbon remineralisation, biogeochemical cycling and other important properties of marine ecosystems, but the contributions that different seabed communities make to the global inventory have not been established. Here we provide a comprehensive georeferenced database of measured values of bioturbation intensity (Db, n = 1281), burrow ventilation rate (q, n = 765, 47 species) and the mixing depth (L, n = 1780) of marine soft sediments compiled from the scientific literature (1864-2018). These data provide reference information that can be used to inform and parameterise global, habitat specific and/or species level biogeochemical models that will be of value within the fields of geochemistry, ecology, climate, and palaeobiology. We include metadata relating to the source, timing and location of each study, the methodology used, and environmental and experimental information. The dataset presents opportunity to interrogate current ecological theory, refine functional typologies, quantify uncertainty and/or test the relevance and robustness of models used to project ecosystem responses to change.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 April 2019
Published date: 13 May 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 431786
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431786
PURE UUID: 49e7afa0-3a91-4794-9735-9d8f0c3d74a1
ORCID for Martin Solan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9924-5574
ORCID for Rachel Hale: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5079-5954
ORCID for Jasmin A. Godbold: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5558-8188

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Date deposited: 17 Jun 2019 16:30
Last modified: 30 Nov 2019 01:35

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