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Siccha, Michael; Kucera, Michal (2017): Compilation of planktonic foraminifera census counts in marine surface sediment samples (ForCenS). PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Siccha, M; Kucera, M (2017): ForCenS, a curated database of planktonic foraminifera census counts in marine surface sediment samples. Scientific Data, 4, 170109,

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Census counts of marine microfossils in surface sediments represent an invaluable resource for paleoceanography and for the investigation of macroecological processes. A prerequisite for such applications is the provision of data syntheses for individual microfossil groups. Specific to such syntheses is the necessity of taxonomical harmonisation across the constituent datasets, coupled with dereplication of previous compilations. Both of these aspects require expert knowledge, but with increasing number of records involved in such syntheses, the application of expert knowledge via manual curation is not feasible. Here we present a synthesis of planktonic foraminifera census counts in surface sediment samples, which is taxonomically harmonised, dereplicated and treated for numerical and other inconsistencies. The data treatment is implemented as an objective and largely automated pipeline, allowing us to reduce the initial 6,984 records to 4,205 counts from unique sites and informative technical or true replicates. We provide the final product and document the procedure, which can be easily adopted for other microfossil data syntheses.
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Barrows, Timothy T; Juggins, Stephen (2005): Compilation of planktic foraminifera modern data from the Indo-Pacific Ocean. PANGAEA,
CLIMAP Project Members (2009): Planktic foraminifera counts in surface sediment samples. PANGAEA,
Hayes, Angela; Kucera, Michal; Kallel, Nejib; Sbaffi, Laura; Rohling, Eelco J (2005): Compilation of planktic foraminifera modern data from the Mediterranean Sea. PANGAEA,
Hüls, Matthias (1999): Distribution of planktic foraminifera in surface sediments. PANGAEA,
Mohtadi, Mahyar; Hebbeln, Dierk; Marchant, Margarita (2005): Faunal distribution of the most important planktic foraminiferal species in the investigated surface sediment samples from the Chilean continental slope between 23°S and 44°S. PANGAEA,
Munz, Philipp; Siccha, Michael; Lückge, Andreas; Böll, Anna; Kucera, Michal; Schulz, Hartmut (2015): Distribution of planktic foraminifera in surface sediments in the northeastern Arabian Sea. PANGAEA,
Pflaumann, Uwe; Sarnthein, Michael; Chapman, Mark R; de Abreu, Lucia; Funnell, Brian M; Hüls, Matthias; Kiefer, Thorsten; Maslin, Mark A; Prahl, Frederick G; Swallow, John; van Kreveld, Shirley A; Vautravers, Maryline J; Vogelsang, Elke; Weinelt, Mara (2003): Distribution of planktic foraminifera in surface sediments of the Atlantic Ocean (ATL947). PANGAEA,
Salgueiro, Emilia; Voelker, Antje H L; Abrantes, Fatima F; Meggers, Helge; Pflaumann, Uwe; Loncaric, Neven; González-Álvarez, Raquel; Oliveira, Paulo; Bartels-Jonsdottir, Helga B; Moreno, Joao; Wefer, Gerold (2008): (Fig. 3a-e) Distribution of planktonic foraminifera in surface sediments. PANGAEA,
Further details:
Siccha, Michael; Trommer, Gabriele; Schulz, Hartmut; Hemleben, Christoph; Kucera, Michal (2009): Factors controlling the distribution of planktonic foraminifera in the Red Sea and implications for the development of transfer functions. Marine Micropaleontology, 72(3-4), 146-156,
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