Tools

PlanktonToolbox

The Plankton Toolbox is a free tool for aquatic scientists, and others, working with environmental monitoring related to phyto- and zooplankton. It is available for MacOS and Windows. A Linux verion will produced upon request.

Features include:

  • Imports phyto- or zooplankton data in .txt and .xlsx files in different formats (configurable)
  • Work with data on abundance, biovolume and carbon content
  • Data screening - quality control of data
  • Aggregate data, e.g. from species level to class level
  • Plotting tools
  • Statistics (in early development)
  • Export data in .txt or .xlsx for further analyses or plotting
  • Plankton counter - use the PlanktonToolbox as a counting tool by the microscope

The software is available as version 1.3.2 for Windows and for Mac OSX. The new release includes an update of the counting module and several minor tweaks. In addition the HELCOM-PEG 2019 biovolume list is used. The list of potentially harmful taxa has been updated accorrding to the IOC-UNESCO Taxonomic Reference List of Harmful Micro Algae.

Notes for Windows 10 users:
You will need to allow the software to run on your PC When starting the software the first time you will get a warning.

Notes for Mac users:
Place the software, the folders "toolbox_data" and "toolbox_counter" in your home folder, e.g. in "Mike". You will need to allow the software to run on your Mac. When starting the software the first time you will get a warning. To avoid this ctrl-click on the software the first time you run it and click on open. You need to do this only once. Alternatively: go to Settings -> Security and allow Plankton Toolbox to start. 

Downloads

Plankton Toolbox version 1.3.2
Mac -download
Windows - download
Users guide - download the pdf-file

Plankton Toolbox version 1.3.1
Mac - download
Windows - download
Users guide - download the pdf-file

Plankton Toolbox version 1.3.0
Windows - download
Users guide - download the pdf-file

Plankton Toolbox version 1.2.1
Mac - download
Windows - download
Users guide - download the pdf-file

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