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Darwin (12.4 S 130.768 E) is one of seven National Reference Stations (NRS) that comprise the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System s (IMOS). The NRSs are designed to provide regular baseline information to understand how large-scale, long-term change and variability in the global ocean are affecting Australia s coastal ecosystems. The goal is to develop multi-decadal time series of the physical and biogeochemical properties of Australia s coastal seas, informing research into ocean change, climate variability, ocean circulation and ecosystem responses. The Darwin NRS is situated close to the largest town in Northern Australia and its population has a considerable impact on the ecosystem. This dataset contains seasonal data on zooplankton biomass and species composition collected since June 2011, using a 100 micron mesh drop-net deployed to 18 metres. The corresponding biogeochemical datasets include temperature, salinity, nutrients, Chlorophyll and phytoplankton abundance are available through the IMOS portal.
These data from the Australian Continuous Plankton Recorder (AusCPR) survey and the Australia National Mooring Network (ANMN), both part of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) - IMOS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and the Super Science Initiative.