T-MEDNet developed standard monitoring protocols to track mass mortality impacts over large scales and long-term.

The database includes the network of monitoring sites and collected data mainly by MPA managers and scientific teams on the status of populations of macroinvertebrates through a collaborative effort.


The Monitoring Mass Mortality database is a collaborative initiative that aims to gather information on monitoring efforts on mass mortality events across the Mediterranean. The database is based in the data obtained following standardized mass mortality monitoring protocols developed in the framework of different projects Tropical Signals, Biorock, Seawatchers and MPA-Adapt. The final goal of the Monitoring Mass Mortality database is to provide a comprehensive and updated dataset on the monitoring network on mass mortality.

The data currently available in the Monitoring Mass Mortality database is gathered by Marine Protected Area managers following standardized mortality monitoring protocols (Protocols). We expect that research teams and marine citizen science initiatives will join the effort. Overall, from local actions we expect to provide a comprehensive view on the impacts of mass mortality across the Mediterranean.

The Monitoring mass mortality database was carefully designed to ensure a full control of the contributors on their own data status -private or public- as well as citation system, data edition among others. T-MEDNet expects that private data to become public.

The public dataset from the MME-T-MEDNet database will be available by contributors for use in their own analysis. The citation system based on the specific License Creative Commons BY NC SA (License) guarantees the transparency regarding the origin of the data.

Main goals

Monitoring mortality database goal is to gather existing information on the network of monitoring mass mortality events in the Mediterranean Sea.

The main objectives are:



Contact the T-MEDNet Administrator for any information about the Monitoring Mass Mortality database


Monitoring mass mortality database description

The core of the database is the data collected from observations on events at local populations level. That is that one database record corresponds to a local population and one time (or period). For the purposes of the Monitoring Mass Mortality database, a local population is a group of colonies (specimens/individuals) of the same species dwelling in a specific geographic location defined by its coordinates and depth range.

For each local population the following data (with the main options in parenthesis) are provided:

The full description of the fields and units used can be found in this file

For the assignment of the protection level we integrated the may 2016 version of the mapamed georeferenced database (www.mapamed.org).

Data submission and managing contributor’s data

Contributors should register before uploading their dataset to the Monitoring Mass Mortality database register . The number of obligatory fields has been kept to the minimum as possible to facilitate the data entry.

In the current version the system is set to enter single observations one by one through the Add Surveys tab from the menu bar Add data.

Multiple uploads are possible from spreadsheets. In order to fill in the Monitoring Mass Mortality database contributors’ should contact to the administrator bio-admin (at) t-mednet (dot) org to prepare the proper format for the files to be uploaded.

For non-published data the contributors are that warrant that s/he is the creator and owner of the content or otherwise has sufficient rights to be able to make the content available under the database license (License).

Through the Data explorer from the menu bar, contributors can visualize, export and edit their data points by clicking on “View my contributions”. In the “dialogue/bubble” the contributors can select to edit the information data associated to the specific observation.

Data visualization and download

Different filters can be applied to explore the data from the Data Explorer option/tab from the menu bar Data Explorer : Species, Geographic areas (by zooming in and out), Years, Ecoregions, Depth range, Degree of impact, Protection level etc…. The “Visualize all data” button can be used to deactivate the filter and to visualize all data. A registered contributor exploring data will be able to visualize its own private data, however these data will not be visible for other contributors.

To download a dataset from Monitoring Mass Mortality database, you must register register.

Different download Options are available. The user can download:

  1. the list of references of the corresponding selected dataset
  2. the information on monitoring mass mortality sites and species across the monitoring network: geographic position, species, degree of impacts and references to the corresponding data.

All download options will produce an Excel file providing the data and the corresponding description information.

Please note that the system will only download the data selected according to the different filters applied to the dataset.


The Monitoring Mass Mortality database is public under the Creative Commons Licence BY NC SA

Creative Commons License
MME-T-MEDNet database is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Those willing to use the data set for any kind of publications they must cite the primarily resources included in the reference field (publications or other) along with the citation of the Monitoring mortality database. We suggest citing at least the list of references corresponding to the data points used as well as the database with following quote “Data extracted from Monitoring Mass Mortality database on mass mortality events in the Mediterranean t-mednet.org/Monitoring_MME."

Registration text

By registering, I am aware that all the data and resources available on the Monitoring Mass Mortality database is made available according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution - No 'Commercial Use – ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Authorizations beyond the scope of this license may be obtained by simple request to bio-admin (at) t-mednet (dot) org