OBIS has completed its first major update of 2011, adding over 315000 new records composed of 14 datasets and 1 update. Noteworthy additions include 5 new datasets from the Arctic Ocean Biodiversity Project detailing zooplankton survey data from the Barrents and Chukchi seas, A tracking-based dataset from OBIS Canada to aid in identifying spiny dogfish distributions relative to Canadian and American waters, and a marine fish and invertebrate survey in the Beaufort Sea funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. OBIS is also proud to present an immense database from SCAR-MarBIN detailing GPS tracking of King penguins in the Crozet Archipelago.
On the local level, The Rutgers University Marine Field Station has made it first contribution to OBIS, providing the results of a series of otter trawl surveys in and around the vicinity of the Great Bay estuary that began in 1988. Additionally, OBIS has acquired one of the largest repositories of post larval fishes in the world: The Tulane University Fish Collection.
Finally, OBIS welcomes a promising collaboration with the MIT Sea Grant Program, which has provided an extensive collection of rapid assessment surveys of marine organisms in the northeast United States. These data are an excellent fit for the OBIS mapping interface, spanning a broad geographic range and including a diversity of native and introduced species.
2011 has gotten off to a strong start with OBIS expanding to over 30.6 million records, 126,000 species, and 912 datasets.
For a complete list of the new datasets, including links to a maps for these new datasets, click here.