Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 5617–5642, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-5617-2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 5617–5642, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-5617-2021

Data description paper 06 Dec 2021

Data description paper | 06 Dec 2021

The Plankton Lifeform Extraction Tool: a digital tool to increase the discoverability and usability of plankton time-series data

Clare Ostle et al.

Data sets

Plankton Lifeform Extraction Tool Clare Ostle, Kevin Paxman, Carolyn A. Graves, Mathew Arnold, Felipe Artigas, Angus Atkinson, Anaïs Aubert, Malcolm Baptie, Beth Bear, Jacob Bedford, Michael Best, Eileen Bresnan, Rachel Brittain, Derek Broughton, Alexandre Budria, Kathryn Cook, Michelle Devlin, George Graham, Nick Halliday, Pierre Hélaouët, Marie Johansen, David G. Johns, Dan Lear, Margarita Machairopoulou, April McKinney, Adam Mellor Alex Milligan, Sophie Pitois, Isabelle Rombouts, Cordula Scherer, Paul Tett, Claire Widdicombe, and Abigail McQuatters-Gollop https://www.dassh.ac.uk/lifeforms/

Plankton lifeform traits master list (v4) UK Pelagic Habitats Expert Group https://doi.org/10.17031/1709

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Short summary
Plankton form the base of the marine food web and are sensitive indicators of environmental change. The Plankton Lifeform Extraction Tool brings together disparate plankton datasets into a central database from which it extracts abundance time series of plankton functional groups, called lifeforms, according to shared biological traits. This tool has been designed to make complex plankton datasets accessible and meaningful for policy, public interest, and scientific discovery.