The potential value of marine macrofaunal species data

Worsfold, T. (2013) The potential value of marine macrofaunal species data. Ph.D. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.


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The philosophy of data in science has been a matter of debate for many centuries. A
theory-led view of data would suggest that data are only of use for an original stated
purpose. I propose that this view would be falsified if a single alternative use were to
be found for data and further suggest that the greater part of the value of data may lie
beyond its original stated purpose.

Benthic marine macrofauna data are collected from a large number of samples each
year mainly to monitor human impacts. The data have diverse origins, sampling
methods and usages. These are reviewed for surveys from the outer Thames region
and the ultimate use of data is discussed. A taxonomy of data attributes is suggested.
An equivalent classification is provided for attributes of marine species and the nature
of the British marine fauna is reviewed in terms of these attributes, along with a
thorough revision of the attributes of the prawn Palaemon longirostris. The
comparability and quality considerations of benthic data are discussed using data
from the NMBAQC Scheme. Data from Harwich Haven Authority surveys, designed
to assess the impacts of port activities, are used to obtain information on the species
recorded, which represents additional use of the data beyond the stated purpose. It is
suggested that all data be considered in terms of their full potential use, in addition to
their applicability to a stated aim.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Geographical and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Andrew Hudson
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 16:49
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 11:22

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