ARPHA Preprints, doi: 10.3897/arphapreprints.e70609
The Belgica 121 expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula: a high resolution biodiversity census
expand article infoBruno Danis, Henrik Christiansen§, Charlène Guillaumot|, Franz Maximilian Heindler§, Quentin Jossart|, Camille Moreau|, Francesca Pasotti#, Henri Robert¤, Ben Wallis«, Thomas Saucède»
‡ Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium§ KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium| Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium¶ Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium# UGent, Gent, Belgium¤ EMC2, Brussels, Belgium« Ocean Expeditions, Sydney, Australia» UMR 6282 Biogéosciences, Univ Bourgogne Franche-Comté, CNRS, Dijon, France
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This dataset relates to the biodiversity census carried out during the Belgica 121 (B121) expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula from February to March 2019. One of the aims of the campaign was to explore the surroundings of the Gerlache Strait and to carry out a detailed biodiversity census focusing on inter- and subtidal shallow-water areas using both classic descriptive marine ecology methods as well as state-of-the art techniques (habitat mapping, genetics, trophic ecology). The biodiversity census was carried out onboard a nimble research vessel, RV Australis. This dataset will offer access to the raw data on biodiversity occurrences, obtained using a range of methods described in this data paper.

New raw biodiversity data for a poorly sampled region (Western Antarctic Peninsula) with a special focus on shallow ecosystems.

Southern Ocean, Belgica, low environmental impact, shallow waters, climate change, benthos