Thomas, G.E. et al

Hydrocarbon and microbial community data from contaminated beaches in Salamina and the Athens Riviera following the Agia Zoni II Oil Spill (2017-2018)

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

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This dataset will be available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Thomas, G.E.; Campo, P.; Clark, D.R; Coulon, F.; Gregson, B.H.; Miliou, A.; Cameron, T.C.; Hepburn, L.J.; Whitby, C.; McGenity, T.J.; McKew, B.A. (2019). Hydrocarbon and microbial community data from contaminated beaches in Salamina and the Athens Riviera following the Agia Zoni II Oil Spill (2017-2018). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2017-09-01    to    2018-04-30

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.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Boyd McKew
University of Essex


Thomas, G.E.
University of Essex
Campo, P.
Cranfield University
Clark, D.R
University of Essex
Coulon, F.
Cranfield University
Gregson, B.H.
University of Essex
Miliou, A.
Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
Cameron, T.C.
University of Essex
Hepburn, L.J.
University of Essex
Whitby, C.
University of Essex
McGenity, T.J.
University of Essex
McKew, B.A.
University of Essex

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
16S rRNA,  coastal,  environmental biology,  Environmental risk Environmental survey Greece hydrocarbons,  Hydrology oil pollution,  oil spill,  Pollution remediation,  Salamina sediments,  Water quality
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016569/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
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