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dc.contributor.authorVinagre, Pedro Almeida
dc.contributor.authorPais-Costa, Antonia Juliana
dc.contributor.authorHawkins, Stephen John
dc.contributor.authorBorja, Angel
dc.contributor.authorMarques, Joao Carlos
dc.contributor.authorNeto, Joao Magalhaes
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-29T10:20:46Z-
dc.date.available2018-06-29T10:20:46Z-
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifierISI:000406435900049
dc.identifier.citationECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, 2017, 78, 489-501
dc.identifier.issn1470-160X
dc.identifier.urihttp://dspace.azti.es/handle/24689/443-
dc.description.abstractA gap in the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) is addressed, aiming for the development of an ecological quality status assessment tool based solely on the Biological Quality Element benthic macroinvertebrates from intertidal rocky shores. The proposed Rocky shore Macroinvertebrates Assessment Tool (RMAT) was tested and validated along disturbance gradients (organic enrichment). During the whole process, the response of widely used metrics (e.g. Hurlbert index, Shannon-Wiener index, AZTI's Marine Biotic Index; Bentix biotic index) and models (i.e., metrics combined) was compared to results provided by the Marine Macroalgae Assessment Tool to the same sampling sites. The RMAT is a multimetric index compliant with the WFD based on the benthic macroinvertebrates community, combining `abundance' (Hurlbert index) and `taxonomic composition' (Bentix index using density and biomass data) metrics. It performed well along anthropogenic disturbance gradients, showing ecological quality increasing from close to far away from the disturbance. The RMAT is a promising tool for rocky shore ecological assessment in the scope of the WFD or other monitoring activities worldwide. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
dc.subjectBenthic communities
dc.subjectHard bottom
dc.subjectOrganic enrichment
dc.subjectEcological quality assessment
dc.subjectWater Framework Directive
dc.subjectMARINE BIOTIC INDEX
dc.subjectECOLOGICAL QUALITY
dc.subjectCOMMUNITIES
dc.subjectDISTURBANCE
dc.subjectESTUARINE
dc.subjectSEWAGE
dc.subjectAMBI
dc.subjectASSEMBLAGES
dc.subjectMACROALGAE
dc.subjectDIVERSITY
dc.titleAddressing a gap in the Water Framework Directive implementation: Rocky shores assessment based on benthic macroinvertebrates
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalECOLOGICAL INDICATORS
dc.format.page489-501
dc.format.volume78
dc.contributor.funderFundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT) [UID/MAR/04292/2013]
dc.contributor.funderFCT, from the program POPH (Portuguese Operational Human Potential Program) [SFRH/BD/74524/2010, SFRH/BD/108224/2015]
dc.contributor.funderFCT, from the program QREN (Portuguese National Strategic Reference Framework) (FSE) [SFRH/BD/74524/2010, SFRH/BD/108224/2015]
dc.contributor.funderFCT, from the program QREN (Portuguese National Strategic Reference Framework) (national funds of MEC) [SFRH/BD/74524/2010, SFRH/BD/108224/2015]
dc.contributor.funderPortuguese Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education (MCTES)
dc.contributor.funderDEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status) [308392]
dc.identifier.e-issn1872-7034
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.03.044
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