Regional OBIS Nodes

Last updated on Thu, 2015-12-24 06:57. Originally submitted by julio on 2010-05-21 19:57.

Regional OBIS Nodes (RONs) are organizations that have committed to a continued support of OBIS within a geographic and/or national region using resources they have obtained. This includes serving data online and developing a data provider and end-user community. Some RONs provide tools, different language versions of the OBIS website, and/or provide mirror sites for the OBIS portal.

The OBIS Steering Group is composed of the Manager of each OBIS Node. Members include:

  1. Antarctica: AntOBIS. Anton Van de Putte Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Belgium
  2. Arctic: Arctic OBIS, Kári Lárusson, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Iceland
  3. ArcOD. Russ Hopcroft, University of Alaska Fairbanks - School of Fisheries and Oceans, Alaska
  4. Argentina: ArOBIS. Mirtha Lewis, Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT) CONICET Argentina
  5. Australia: OBIS-Australia.Tony Rees, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  6. Canada: OBIS-Canada. Mary Kennedy, Centre of Marine Biodiversity, Bedford Institute of Oceanography
  7. Caribbean Sea: Carribean OBIS, Eduardo Klein, Univ. Simón Bolívar, Venezuela
  8. China: OBIS-China. Xiaoxia Sun, Institute of Oceanology, Qingdao
  9. Europe: EurOBIS. Leen Vandepitte, Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ) Belgium
  10. Indian Ocean: IndOBIS. Narayanan Saravanane, Centre for Marine Living Resources and the Environment, Ministry of the environment, India
  11. Japan: OBIS-Japan. Tohru Iseto, Japan agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
  12. Korea: KOBIS. Sung-Dae Kim, Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute, Korea
  13. Mediterranean: MedOBIS. Sarah Faulwetter, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
  14. Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman: PEGO-OBIS. Abdolvahab Maghsoudlou, Iranian National Institute for Oceanography (INIO), Iran
  15. Senegal:  OBIS Senegal. Ismaila Ndour, Centre De Recherches Océanographiques Dakar-Thiaroye (C.R.O.D.T), Senegal
  16. South-East Asia:  SEAOBIS. Christian (Kit) Elloran, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Philippines
  17. South-West Pacific: South Western Pacific OBIS. Kevin Mackay, National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
  18. Sub-Saharan Africa: AfrOBIS. Ursula Von St Ange, Southern African Data Centre for Oceanography, South Africa
  19. Tropical and Subtropical Eastern South Pacific: ESPOBIS. Ruben Escribano, FONDAP COPAS, Chile
  20. Tropical and Subtropical Western South Atlantic: WSAOBIS. Rubens M. Lopes, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  21. Ukraine: Volodymyr Vladymyrov,  Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine
  22. USA: OBIS-USA. Mark Fornwall, US Geological Survey, USA


Former OBIS MC members are:

  • Katsuhiko Tanaka, Japan
  • Robert Branton, Canada
  • Vishwas Chavan, India
  • Youn-Ho Lee, Korea
  • Alicja Mosbauer, Australia
  • Don Robertson, New Zealand
  • Junko Shimura, Japan
  • Song Sun, China,
  • Edward Vanden Berghe, Europe
  • Ward Appeltans, Europe
  • 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.