REPS Invertebrate Taxonomy (Sediment Traps)

As long-lived, ubiquitous aquatic consumers of both primary producers and other invertebrates, macroinvertebrates are a useful indicator of health in aquatic systems. Benthic invertebrate monitoring of tributaries of the Athabasca River provides a seasonal benchmark for the composition of invertebrate communities over the open water season of only 2013 (August, September) that can be compared to other invertebrate sampling methods to compare efficacy. These invertebrates were collected using experimental artificial substrates (distinct from the substrates used in the rock basket invertebrate collection). Sample sites are on a gradient moving closer in proximity to industry to delineate effects of natural and anthropogenic contaminants. In this data set, communities identified to the taxonomic resolution of Order.

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Field Value
Alternate Title/Name
Creator OSM Representative Sub-basin Study (REPS)
Contributor University of Calgary
Publisher University of Calgary
Subject Aquatic Biology
Group/Subgroup Benthic Organisms
Parameters Taxonomy (Order)
Data Type Discrete
Frequency Open water season monthly
Temporal Coverage Begins 2013-08-13
Temporal Coverage Ends 2013-09-19
Spatial Coverage
Spatial Projection
Usage Considerations or Constraints Not identified by a professional taxonomist and no QA/QC performed.
Relation REPS Sediment Contaminants from Artificial Substrates
Format xlsx
Resouce Type Spreadsheet
Language English
OSM Asset? Y
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