ForCenS, a curated database of planktonic foraminifera census counts in marine surface sediment samples.

Siccha, Michael and Kucera, Michal (2017) ForCenS, a curated database of planktonic foraminifera census counts in marine surface sediment samples. Open Access Scientific Data, 4 . Art.Nr. 170109. DOI 10.1038/sdata.2017.109.

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Census counts of marine microfossils in surface sediments represent an invaluable resource for paleoceanography and for the investigation of macroecological processes. A prerequisite for such applications is the provision of data syntheses for individual microfossil groups. Specific to such syntheses is the necessity of taxonomical harmonisation across the constituent datasets, coupled with dereplication of previous compilations. Both of these aspects require expert knowledge, but with increasing number of records involved in such syntheses, the application of expert knowledge via manual curation is not feasible. Here we present a synthesis of planktonic foraminifera census counts in surface sediment samples, which is taxonomically harmonised, dereplicated and treated for numerical and other inconsistencies. The data treatment is implemented as an objective and largely automated pipeline, allowing us to reduce the initial 6,984 records to 4,205 counts from unique sites and informative technical or true replicates. We provide the final product and document the procedure, which can be easily adopted for other microfossil data syntheses.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Foraminifera; Arabian Sea; Atlantic Ocean; Earth; Eastern Indian Ocean; Mediterranean Sea; Northwest Atlantic Ocean; Pacific Ocean; Red Sea; Southeast Pacific Ocean coastal waters of Chile; West Europe Basin; West Sumatra Province; marine sediment
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Publisher: Nature Research
Projects: PalMod in-kind
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 11:48
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 08:25

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