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Reducing spatial variation in environmental assessment of marine benthic fauna

Författare och institution:
K. Leonardsson (-); M. Blomqvist (-); Rutger Rosenberg (Institutionen för biologi och miljövetenskap)
Publicerad i:
Marine Pollution Bulletin, 104 ( 1-2 ) s. 129-138
ISSN:
0025-326X
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Fulltextlänk:
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The Benthic Quality Index, BQI, is widely used for benthic quality assessment. Here, we investigated if spatial variation in the BQI can be reduced by accounting for the environmental factors instead of having different boundaries for different salinity regimes between status classes in the EU Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive. For this purpose we tested salinity, sediment structure, and depth in a regression model to test their contribution to variations in BQI. The spatial variation in BQI was better explained by depth than by salinity or sediment structure. The proposed assessment method uses the residuals from the regression model between BQI and depth. With this method the variance in BQI between samples was reduced by 50% to 75% in the majority of situations. A method to establish the boundary between good and moderate status and how to derive EQR-values according to the WFD is presented. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
NATURVETENSKAP ->
Biologiska vetenskaper
Nyckelord:
Benthic quality index, BQI, Depth, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Salinity, Sediment, Water, ecological status, indicators, eutrophication, zoobenthos, coastal, indexes, sweden, Environmental Sciences & Ecology, Marine & Freshwater Biology
Postens nummer:
237500
Posten skapad:
2016-06-09 15:22

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