New OBIS data and datasets

Last updated on Fri, 2011-01-21 03:40. Originally submitted by evberghe on 2011-01-12 17:57.

The year 2010 has ended on a high note for OBIS, with the addition of over 318,000 records, from 13 new datasets and 8 updates. Noteworthy additions include

  • 4 new datasets from ArcOD/AOOS detailing zooplankton dynamics in the Beaufort Seas and food webs on Arctic shelves;
  • a new dataset from SCAR-MarBIN depicting location information for satellite tagged marine predators around South Georgia;
  • a dataset from OBIS Canada providing distribution and abundance information from the trawl-based DFO Central and Arctic Region surveys.

Additionally, OBIS Japan has made its first contribution with a database containing a diverse array of samples collected by ships and submersibles from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.OBIS has also acquired an extensive observational fish database from the Swedish Institute of Coastal Research and Board of Fisheries. The repository includes over 100,000 occurrence records for over 200 taxa in the Baltic region. Updates to existing datasets have been contributed by OBIS Brazil, Nagisa, IcCoMM, and EurOBIS.

As of the close of 2010, the OBIS database contains 30.3 million records spanning 898 datasets and including 120,000 species.

OBIS is a project of:
IOC-UNESCO
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.