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Submitted as: data description paper 22 Jul 2019

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A long term (1965–2015) ecological marine database from the LTER-Italy site Northern Adriatic Sea: plankton and oceanographic observations

Francesco Acri1, Mauro Bastianini1, Fabrizio Bernardi Aubry1, Elisa Camatti1, Alfredo Boldrin1, Caterina Bergami2, Daniele Cassin1, Amelia De Lazzeri1, Stefania Finotto1, Annalisa Minelli1, Alessandro Oggioni3, Marco Pansera1, Alessandro Sarretta4, Giorgio Socal1, and Alessandra Pugnetti1 Francesco Acri et al.
  • 1CNR-ISMAR, Arsenale – Tesa 104, Castello 2737/F, 30122 Venezia, Italy
  • 2CNR-ISMAR, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
  • 3CNR-IREA, Via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy
  • 4CNR-IRPI, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova, Italy

Abstract. In this paper we describe a 50 years (1965–2015) ecological database containing data collected in the Northern Adriatic Sea, one of the 25 research parent sites belonging to the Italian Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER-Italy, LTER-Italy is a formal member of the international ( and European ( LTER networks. The NAS is undergoing a process, led by different research institutions and projects, for the establishment of a marine ecological observatory, building on the existing facilities, infrastructures, and long-term ecological data. Along this process, the implementation of the Open Access and Open Science principles has started, by creating an open research lifecycle that involves sharing ideas and results (scientific papers), data (raw and processed), metadata, methods, and software. The present data paper is framed within this wider context. The database is composed of observations on abiotic parameters, phyto- and zooplankton abundances, collected during 299 cruises in different sampling stations, in particular in the Gulf of Venice: we describe here the sampling and analytical activities, the parameters, and the structure of the database. The database is available at (Acri et al., 2019), it was also uploaded in the DEIMS-SDR repository (Dynamic Ecological Information Management System – Site and Dataset Registry,, which is the official sites and data registry for LTER International network.

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LTER Northern Adriatic Sea (Italy) marine data from 1965 to 2015 F. Acri, M. Bastianini, F. B. Aubry, E. Camatti, A. Boldrin, C. Bergami, D. Cassin, A. De Lazzari, S. Finotto, A. Minelli, A. Oggioni, M. Pansera, A. Sarretta, G. Socal, and A. Pugnetti

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Short summary
The present data paper describes a database containing observations for 21 parameters of abiotic, phyto and zooplankton data collected in the Northern Adriatic Sea region (Italy) from 1965 to 2015. Due to the long temporal coverage, the great part of parameters changed collection and analysis method in time. These variations are reported in the database and detailed in the data paper.
The present data paper describes a database containing observations for 21 parameters of...