November data load

Submitted by evberghe on Fri, 2010-12-03 12:13

November has come to a close with OBIS accumulating 16 new datasets and 6 updates. Some notable additions include

  • 4 new datasets from NOAA’s Biogeography Branch spatially characterizing corals and sponges in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico
  • 5 updates from eurOBIS further detailing the distributions of sea turtles, mollusks and other integral marine species in UK waters
  • a massive 1.4 million record update from PANGAEA, a global repository for georeferenced marine data hosted by the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences in Breman, Germany.
  • SCARMARBIN has contributed 5 new datasets providing insight into dispersal characteristics and gene flow between Antarctic invertebrate species
  • ArcOD has provided a comprehensive data archive of Antarctic zooplankton, phytoplankton records from Froshier Bay, and a detailed catalogue of Arctic marine fish museum specimens.


OBIS has also obtained a detailed map of the distribution of dinoflagellates causing harmful algal blooms in the Mediterranean Sea. These data were extracted from a thorough literature search and provided to OBIS by the Laboratory of Plankton Ecology and Evolution in Naples, Italy.

Nearly a month after the conclusion of the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now only 12,000 records shy of the 30 million mark, having expanded to 887 datasets, 118,000 species and 31,000 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.