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Type: Journal article
Title: A database of chlorophyll a in Australian waters
Author: Davies, C.H.
Ajani, P.
Armbrecht, L.
Atkins, N.
Baird, M.E.
Beard, J.
Bonham, P.
Burford, M.
Clementson, L.
Coad, P.
Crawford, C.
Dela-Cruz, J.
Doblin, M.A.
Edgar, S.
Eriksen, R.
Everett, J.D.
Furnas, M.
Harrison, D.P.
Hassler, C.
Henschke, N.
et al.
Citation: Scientific Data, 2018; 5(1):180018-1-180018-8
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2052-4463
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Claire H. Davies, Penelope Ajani, Linda Armbrecht, Natalia Atkins, Mark E. Baird, Jason Beard
Abstract: Chlorophyll a is the most commonly used indicator of phytoplankton biomass in the marine environment. It is relatively simple and cost effective to measure when compared to phytoplankton abundance and is thus routinely included in many surveys. Here we collate 173, 333 records of chlorophyll a collected since 1965 from Australian waters gathered from researchers on regular coastal monitoring surveys and ocean voyages into a single repository. This dataset includes the chlorophyll a values as measured from samples analysed using spectrophotometry, fluorometry and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The Australian Chlorophyll a database is freely available through the Australian Ocean Data Network portal ( These data can be used in isolation as an index of phytoplankton biomass or in combination with other data to provide insight into water quality, ecosystem state, and relationships with other trophic levels such as zooplankton or fish.
Keywords: Phytoplankton
Databases, Factual
Rights: Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver applies to the metadata files made available in this article.
DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.18
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