This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA) project, a component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML) program. NaGISA is a collaborative effort aimed at inventorying and monitoring biodiversity in rocky bottom macroalgal and soft bottom seagrass communities from the high intertidal zone to 20 meters in depth at a global scale. Through the combination of a simple, cost-efficient and intentionally low-tech sampling protocol and a hierarchically nested design, NaGISA carried out a series of globally-distributed standard transects in more than 250 sites within 28 countries. Sites extended over latitudes from 77.85° S to 78.38° N, and longitudes from 178.59° W to 179.31° E. At present, the NaGISA database, growing since 2003, is available through the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and contains nearly 54,666 records for 2,867 taxa.
NaGISA serves a wide range of functions. It provides baseline data for local long-term monitoring and support for local management efforts; it presents information about changes in biodiversity and abundance across latitude and longitude over large geographic scales; it tests a wide array of ecological theories; it provides solutions to practical problems. The papers in this collection explore the relationships between species richness and biomass from different taxa along varying intertidal heights, subtidal depths and latitudes over large spatial scales. The papers also aim to determine the effect of several environmental variables as possible drivers of these gradients of biodiversity.
The papers of the collection describe large-scale distribution patterns of assemblages associated with rocky shores around the globe, as well as specific patterns for taxa such as macroalgae, polychaetes, and echinoderms. Articles are presented in order of publication date and new NaGISA articles on other taxa will be added to the collection as they are published.
Image Credit: Gregorio Bigatti (ProyectoSub), Centro Nacional Patagónico, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Collection Citation: Diversity in the Nearshore: The NaGISA Collection (2010) PLoS Collections: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/issue.pcol.v01.i06
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