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Rapid Assessment of Marine Biodiversity (RAMBLERS) (CDEP 84/5/295) - ME3102

To develop and validate techniques for the rapid assessment of biodiversity at different spatial and temporal scales, and to apply these to environmental issues of concern to DETR.

To investigate the extent to which certain components of the biota, eg large, conspicuous species, species at higher levels in the food change, feeding guilds, food items of key predators which effectively act as sample collectors, and death assemblages (eg of molluscs), can be used as surrogates for total biodiversity.

To investigate the ability to extrapolate from methods of surveying benthic biodiversity on large spatial scales (eg acoustic sensing and video), and predicting benthic conditions from hydrodynamic models on large spatial scales.

To develop further development the biodiversity indices that are not strongly dependent on sampling effort (eg taxonomic distinctiness), so that results from historical, rapid and more detailed surveys can be compared.
Project Documents
• Final Report : ME3102/AE1137   (1277k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2004

Cost: £184,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Environmental Protection              
Marine conservation              
Nature conservation              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine