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Markert, Edith; Holler, Peter R; Kröncke, Ingrid; Bartholomä, Alexander (2013): Macrofauna abundance and sediment characteristics during R/V Senckenberg cruise west of Sylt in september 2010. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Markert, E et al. (2013): Benthic habitat mapping of sorted bedforms using hydroacoustic and ground-truthing methods in a coastal area of the German Bight/North Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 129, 94-104,

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The continuously influence of human impacts on the seafloor and benthic habitats demands the knowledge of clearly defined habitats to assess recent conditions and to monitor future changes. In this study, a benthic habitat dominated by sorted bedforms was mapped in 2010 using biological, sedimentological and acoustic data. This approach reveals the first interdisciplinary analysis of macrofauna communities in sorted bedforms in the German Bight. The study area covered 4 km², and was located ca. 3.5 km west of island of Sylt. Sorted bedforms formed as sinuous depressions with an east west orientation. Inside these depressions coarse sand covers the seafloor, while outside predominantly fine to medium sand was found. Based on the hydroacoustic data, two seafloor classes were identified. Acoustic class 1 was linked to coarse sand (type A) found inside these sorted bedforms, whereas acoustic class 2 was related to mainly fine to medium sands (type B). The two acoustic classes and sediment types corresponded with the macrofauna communities 1 and 2. The Aoinides paucibranchiata-Goniadella bobretzkii community on coarse sand and the Spiophanes bombyx - Magelona johnstonii community on fine sand. A transitional community 3 (Scoloplos armiger - Ophelia community), with species found in communities 1 and 2, could not be detected by hydroacoustic methods. This study showed the limits of the used acoustic methods, which were unable to detect insignificant differences in the fauna composition of sandy areas.
Median Latitude: 54.948663 * Median Longitude: 8.253516 * South-bound Latitude: 54.942890 * West-bound Longitude: 8.245980 * North-bound Latitude: 54.956580 * East-bound Longitude: 8.271030
Date/Time Start: 2010-09-12T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2010-09-13T00:00:00
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