Structural and functional biodiversity of copepod communities on the Belgian Continental Shelf (North Sea)
Dutch title: Structurele en functionele biodiversiteit van copepodengemeenschappen op het Belgisch Continentaal Plat (Noordzee) Reference no: 981282 en 983282 Period: October 1998 till November 2002 Status: Completed
Flemish Government; Economy, Science and Innovation; Intistute for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT), sponsor
This project aims at studying structural and functional biodiversity of harpacticoid copepods by analysing density, diversity and species composition of different sandbanks and by relating changes in harpacticoid communities to the Phaecocystis pouchetii bloom in spring. Special attention will be paid to identify ecological indicatorspecies to be able to indicate vulnerable and valuable areas on the Belgian Continental Shelf.