Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 11, 301–322, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-11-301-2019
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 11, 301–322, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-11-301-2019

Brief communication 25 Feb 2019

Brief communication | 25 Feb 2019

The Arctic Traits Database – a repository of Arctic benthic invertebrate traits

Renate Degen and Sarah Faulwetter

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Trait-based approaches (such that consider the life history, morphological, physiological and behavioral characteristics of species) promise new insights in ecology. To facilitate these approaches also in polar regions, we provide the free and easily accessible Arctic Traits Database to the scientific community. Trait information was collected from literature and via communication with experts. At present the database holds trait information for more than 1900 arctic taxa.