Genetic tools for Ecosystem health Assessment in the North Sea region (GEANS) Questionnaire

The quality of the seafloor habitat is an important indicator for marine ecosystem health. GEANS aims to support the implementation of fast, accurate and cost-effective DNA-based assessments. This will enable national authorities to improve the management of human activities and protection of the marine environment across the North Sea Region in a transnational coherent way. For further details see https://northsearegion.eu/geans/
 
GEANS conducts pilot studies concerning environmental impact assessments (e.g. sand extraction and suppletion), and concerning monitoring in relation to European directives (non-indigenous species and hard substrates). These pilots are conducted in close cooperation with stakeholders. The aim of this short questionnaire is to canvas your interest and your needs in relation to DNA-based techniques and specifically also what level of information will be needed to support decision and policy-development.

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* 1. Current Occupation

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* 2. Country of residence

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* 3. Age (optional)

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* 4. Gender (optional)

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* 5. Highest level of education (optional)

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* 6. What is the nature of your affiliation with benthic/environmental monitoring?

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* 7. What is your focus area (e.g. EIA, EU Directives, others?)

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* 8. Which biological target group do you typically work with?

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* 9. Do you currently use DNA-based techniques or DNA-derived information in your work?

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* 10. What is your biggest reservation regarding DNA-based techniques?

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* 11. Please rank the following considerations in order of importance when considering DNA-based monitoring?

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* 12. What is your primary use of benthic/environmental monitoring data? (e.g. research, regulation, MPAs, water quality, etc.?)

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* 13. What statistical analysis do you typically undertake on benthic/environmental monitoring data?

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* 14. What kind of benthic/environmental monitoring data do you currently use? (Presence/absence of key species, community structure, biomass, abundance, temporal trends?)

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* 15. What kind of benthic/environmental monitoring data would you consider in the future e.g. presence, community, biomass, etc.?

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* 16. What would be needed for you in order to adopt DNA-based analyses/results in your work?

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* 17. Any other recommendations related to DNA-based techniques for EIA or European Directives, that you wish to share?

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* 18. Do you have the capability to process samples at sea?

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* 19. Do you have a reference collection from which DNA could be extracted and sequenced to upload to a database?

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* 20.  In the future would you like to know more about these techniques, applications (e.g. case studies) and further developments?

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* 21. If you answered yes to any of the above questions, are you willing to share your contact details so we can get in touch for future collaboration or keeping you updated on the progress of GEANS, please add you contact email address

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