CoML awarded Cosmos Prize

Last updated on Wed, 2011-08-31 10:02. Originally submitted by evberghe on 2011-07-27 13:35.

On June 27th, 2011, the International Cosmos Prize Committee (Chairperson: Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto) selected The Scientific Steering Committee Of the Census of Marine Life (Secretariat: Washington, DC, USA), as the winner of the 2011 (19th) International Cosmos Prize. The decision to award the prize to the Committee was reached after considering the recommendations submitted by the International Cosmos Prize Screening Committee of Experts (Chairperson: Mr. Kazuo Matsushita).

The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Census of Marine Life (CoML) provided overall governance to the CoML, a grand global project. The objective of the Census was to survey and analyze changes from past to present in marine life biodiversity, distribution and abundance. OBIS was created as the data integration component of the Census.

More information on the award is avalable from the Census web site, on this page.

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.