New OBIS data and datasets

Submitted by evberghe on Thu, 2010-12-02 19:34

September has come to a close with OBIS accumulating 24 new datasets and 8 updates.

Some notable additions include

  • 3 new datasets from NOAA's Biogeography Branch spatially characterizing Caribbean fish species
  • 10 new datasets from Euro-OBIS detailing anthropogenic stressors on algae and invertebrates living near rocky shores
  • 5 datasets from the AADC depicting the population structure of krill in the Prydz Bay region of Antarctica
  • ESPOBIS has contributed 3 new datasets:
    • a census of copepods found in the upwelling zone off northern and Central Chile
    • a database of dominant euphausiids in the integral fishing areas of Southern Chile
    • a database of deepwater fishes collected in Northern Chile during the 1983-1984 El Nino


September updates have been contributed by USA-OBIS, NaGISA, AIMS, AADC, SEAMAP, The Marine Nature Conservation Review, and The Taxonomic Information System for the Belgian Coastal Area.

OBIS has also obtained the Australian National Algae Culture Collection from the CSIRO marine and atmospheric research division. This extensive collection is composed of 1000 strains of more than 300 microalgae species, many of which are georeferenced and visible via the OBIS template.

As the Census of Marine Life Concludes, OBIS has expanded to a total of 28.4 million records, 874 datasets, and 25,000 marine genera.

OBIS is a project of:
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.