Ionian Sea mega-fauna monitoring employing a sailing vessel along random tracks from 2008 to 2018

In June 2008 Gaia Research Institute Onlus started a systematic survey of mega-fauna in the Northern Eastern Ionian Sea, in cooperation with the researchers of the Life and System Biology Department of the University of Turin (Italy). GAIA_IONIAN_2008-2018 dataset includes ten years of effort (survey track) and sightings data of marine mammals and marine reptiles collected by experienced marine mammal observers (MMOs) on board of a 12m sailing vessel. MMOs visually inspected both sides (130° angle) of the research vessel, while navigating along random transects. Distance and angle from the track line of each sighting were always recorded.

Metadata Access
Publisher Blue-Cloud Data Discovery & Access service; EurOBIS - EMODnet Biology
Contributor Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ); University of Turin; Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology
Publication Year 2024
OpenAccess true
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Discipline Marine Science
Spatial Coverage (19.900W, 22.410S, 38.231E, 39.743N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2008-06-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2018-10-01T00:00:00Z