Education & Outreach

Last updated on Thu, 2011-06-16 14:20. Originally submitted by rodolfo on 2010-06-18 23:28.

What is OBIS to the classroom educator?

Most of the ocean is beyond our sight and out of our reach. Only a handful of humans have had a chance to dive to the deepest depths of the ocean to see first hand what the bottom of the ocean looks like and the diversity of creatures that call it home. Scientists estimate up to 95 % of the ocean remains unexplored. This lack of baseline knowledge of the marine ecosystem has prompted scientists from around the globe to collaborate and pool their data to discern patterns of plant and animal distribution and abundance in marine ecosystems, the scale of these patterns, and the diversity within marine communities.

The OBIS portal serves as a way to organize and visualize real scientific data and make it accessible and interpretable to scientists, resource managers, and of course students and teachers. Our goal is for students to participate side by side with scientists from around the world, as they attempt to map the pattern, scale, and diversity of the ocean.

Middle School Lesson Plans

This section of the web site is a collection of lesson plans and ideas of how you as an educator, can use the OBIS website to enrich science learning in your classroom. The module includes projects for students that allow them to exchange ecological information and become amateur taxonomists utilizing web-based lesson plans and the OBIS website.

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.