Continuous Plankton Recorder


Below is a summary of how our data are being used and plans for the future. On the left hand side is the delivery of data to global databases (left hand side), including those in Australia (eMII, ALA, AODN) and internationally (OBIS, GACS, COPEPOD). On the right hand side are some of the products that use (or hopefully will in the near future) IMOS plankton data. These include two Biodiversity Atlases, one for phytoplankton (with Prof. Gustaaf Hallegraeff, University of Tasmania) and one for zooplankton (with Dr Kerrie Swadling, University of Tasmania, and Dr Dave McKinnon, AIMS; see example distribution maps below). IMOS plankton data are also being used in an Ecosystem Assessment Report to derive metrics of threats to marine systems including climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, eutrophication and pollution (due Dec 2012). We also hope that time series of plankton data from IMOS will be used in the monitoring of conservation values such as key ecological features identified in Australian Government marine bioregional plans. A key area for uptake and expanded use of IMOS plankton data is in Ecosystem Modelling, and this should lead to increased ecosystem understanding. IMOS plankton data are also used in a number of PhD projects, including work on manta ray movements, salp dynamics, Vibrio disease, and foram responses to ocean acidification.

Data source:

Continuous Plankton Recorder: red (positive), light grey (negative)

National Reference Stations: blue (positive), dark grey (negative)

Historical Data : green (positive), medium grey (negative)
(data from Dave McKinnon, Peter Rothlisberg, Jack Greenwood)


Distribution of the copepod Acartia tranteri
Distribution of the copepod Calanus australis
Distribution of the copepod Clausocalanus ingens
Distribution of dinoflagellate Noctiluca scintillans