The next ICE Plankton Status Report

The ICES zooplankton (WGZE) and phytoplankton/microbial plankton (WGPME) working groups are working on a joint plankton status report.   This 2017 (September) report will look at North Atlantic plankton and plankton ecosystems based on the analysis of a collection of over 150 plankton time series.

Initial Data Call (update existing/submit new):   November 2016

This joint Plankton Status Report will base its analysis on data through the end of 2015.   All participants are asked to submit or update their data through the end of 2015 (if possible), or at least through the end of 2014.   This initial batch of data will be used to create the preliminary analysis.   Even if not fully quality-controlled, the more months submitted in this early stage will reduce the likelihood of late-submitted-updates generating any surprises.   If you are participating in IGMETS, submitting data through the end of 2015 will likewise fulfill their next data call.   (Two projects with one submission.)

The target variables for this joint report include the variables listed below.   Please reach out to other scientists at your time series sites to get as many of these variables as possible.   (The WGZE/WGPME chairs and Report Teams would also be happy to help you with contacting and inviting new participants and variables.)
  • Total Copepods (counts or biomass)
  • Total Zooplankton biomass or biovolume (bulk measure)

  • Microzooplankton:
  • Total Ciliates (counts or biomass)
  • Total Tintinnids (counts or biomass)
  • Others possible "Totals": radiolaria, foraminifera

  • Phyto/Microbial Plankton:
  • Total Diatoms (counts or biomass)
  • Total Dinoflagellates (counts or biomass)
  • Total Prochlorococcus (counts or biomass)
  • Total Synechococcus (counts or biomass)
  • Total Bacteria (counts or biomass)
  • Others possible "Totals": coccolithophores?

  • Discrete Water Samples:
  • Temperature
  • Salinity
  • Oxygen
  • Inorganic Nutrients (nitrate, silicate, phosphate)
  • Chlorophyll
With exception of net-based samples (e.g., towed from depth to surface), we are focusing our analysis primarily on data from near-surface depths, and (if possible/relevant) additional (separate) data from a "deeper" depth at your sampling site.   We would prefer to not use depth-integrated or depth-averaged data (e.g. "0 to 75 meters"), as they represent a different environment and results from separate values for the "surface" (0 m) and "deeper" (75 m).   If you have questions, email Todd.

Our "Protecting your Work" Data Policy:

The data requested above will only be used for creating the standard figures and common analysis used during the creation of this plankton status report and its online components.   The provided data will not be distributed or shared without explicit and written permission from the original data provider.   Instead, the original data provider's name and contact information will be provided such that any parties interested in collaboration or cooperative research can contact the provider directly.   This ensures that the data provider gets full credit for their work, and likewise ensures that the requesting party gets the latest and most updated version of the data set(s) in question.

Join the WGZE/WGPME Report Effort:

Do you have a North Atlantic, Baltic Sea, or Mediterranean Sea time series?   Your work and data can be featured in this report!   Even if your data fall outside of these ocean regions, WGZE/WGPME are also participating in the global IGMETS time series study.   Don't have all of the variables listed above?   No problem!   All are welcome!

For information on how to join either of these efforts, please contact Todd O'Brien, coordinator of the ICES Plankton Status Report and the IGMETS global time series studies.

Report Time-Line::

  • November/December:   Participants send in data updates (and/or new data) for standard processing
  • December/January:   Standard figures and analysis results returned for all sites
  • January/February:   Regional analysis results shared for regional chapter intro and summaries
  • March/April:   March WG meeting discussions on key findings and any other issues from the report
  • April:   all participants send final text and edits to WGZE/WGPME editors
  • May:   WGZE/WGPME editors prepare final document and texts for ICES editors
  • May-30:   Text submitted to ICES editors
  • June/July/August:   Interactive web publicatoin co-product created and finalized
  • August/September:   ICES releases PDF of final report in time for ASC