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Marine Bird Sighting Data, Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) Chukchi Sea research cruise on the vessel Norseman II, 09 August 2015 - 03 September 2015


This dataset contains seabird survey and associated environmental conditions data collected in the Chukchi Sea during the 9 August - 3 September 2015 Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) research cruise. Seabirds were surveyed using line transect methods. Seabird observations were recorded directly into a laptop computer using software which logged the geographic coordinates of each sighting. Incidental sightings of marine mammal were also recorded. Supplementary environmental data are included for the beginning of each survey period. The dataset is two comma-separated values (csv) files. The file named dlog_2015_dwc_core.csv contains the count of observed marine birds and mammals by species, their behavior, and the [...]


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The seabird data collected during AMBON provides information on seabird distribution, species composition and abundance. Seabirds are important top predators in the region and feed on zooplankton and fishes, and in some species even benthic invertebrates. Several species also are of cultural relevance to the local communities living along the northern coast of Alaska.

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