The aim of this study was to analyse the variability of four different benthic biotic indices (AMBI, BENTIX, H0 , M-AMBI) in two marine coastal areas of the North-Western Mediterranean Sea. In each coastal area, 36 replicates were randomly selected according to a hierarchical sampling design, which allowed estimating the variance components of the indices associated with four different spatial scales (ranging from metres to kilometres). All the analyses were performed at two different sampling periods in order to evaluate if the observed trends were consistent over the time. The variance components of the four indices revealed complex trends and different patterns in the two sampling periods. These results highlighted that independently from the employed index, a rigorous and appropriate sampling design taking into account different scales should always be used in order to avoid erroneous classifications and to develop effective monitoring programs.
|Autori:||Tataranni, Mariella; Lardicci, Claudio|
|Titolo:||Performance of some biotic indices in the real variable world: A case study at different spatial scales in North-Western Mediterranean Sea|
|Anno del prodotto:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.envpol.2009.08.020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|