Hydrocarbon and microbial community data from contaminated beaches in Salamina and the Athens Riviera following the Agia Zoni II Oil Spill (2017-2018)
This dataset is embargoed and will be made available by 17 July 2020 at the latest
These data were collected from surface sediments (0-5 cm) at sites located along the Athens Riviera and Salamina coastline, Greece. The sediments came from both oil-contaminated (via Agia Zoni II oil-spill) and uncontaminated sites and were first collected between September 2017 and April 2018. For sediments taken at each site, data includes hydrocarbon concentrations (alkanes and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)), absolute microbial abundance (by Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR)) of Bacteria, Archaea, and Fungi, and 16S rRNA amplicon libraries of Bacteria and Archaea. Additionally, nutrient concentrations (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, silicate, and phosphate) were measured from seawater samples taken at the same sites.
This study was conducted by the University of Essex, in partnerships with Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation and Cranfield University, and funded by the National Environmental Research Council and EnvEast DTP.
Publication date: 2019-09-10
Provenance & quality
Samples were collected, in triplicate, in sterile 100 ml containers from the coastal surface (0 - 5 cm) sediments. To attain a comprehensive sample of the oil spill, samples were taken from control (non-oil contaminated) and contaminated (oil contaminated) sites along the Athens Riviera and Salamina Island coast, Greece. Samples were initially collected from the Athens Riviera immediately (September 2017) after the oil spill occurred.
Subsequently, samples were collected from both Athens and Salamina in the following months, although there are some missing data points.
The sampling schedule concluded in April 2018.
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016569/1
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system