Today, Frédéric Dujardin from Ghent University (Belgium) started his MSc thesis work at the IOC project office for IODE. During the next five months, he will perform data analysis and make interactive maps illustrating where there is and is not ground-truth data for marine biodiversity over time, space and by functional groups using data from the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).
His work will contribute to one of OBIS's objectives to create tools, products and services for policy makers, scientists and the public that would allow the assessment of the state of knowledge and identification of the gaps around the globe.
Full thesis title: Creating online interactive maps on the status of global marine species distributions and diversity, an analysis on completeness, species richness, endemism, gaps and changes over time.
Promotor: Tim Deprez (Ghent University)Supervisor: Ward Appeltans (IOC-UNESCO/IODE/OBIS)