Regional OBIS Nodes

Last updated on Mon, 2013-02-18 07:58. 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. Bruno Danis, Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Belgium
  2. Arctic: ArcOD. Russ Hopcroft, University of Alaska Fairbanks - School of Fisheries and Oceans, Alaska
  3. Argentina: ArOBIS. Mirtha Lewis, Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT) CONICET Argentina
  4. Australia: OBIS-Australia.Tony Rees, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  5. Canada: OBIS-Canada. Mary Kennedy, Centre of Marine Biodiversity, Bedford Institute of Oceanography
  6. China: OBIS-China. Xiaoxia Sun, Institute of Oceanology, Qingdao
  7. Europe: EurOBIS. Leen Vandepitte, Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ) Belgium
  8. Indian Ocean: IndOBIS. Narayanan Saravanane, Centre for Marine Living Resources and the Environment, Ministry of the environment, India
  9. Japan: OBIS-Japan. Katsuhiko Tanaka, Japan agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
  10. Korea: KOBIS. Sung-Dae Kim, Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute, Korea
  11. Mediterranean: MedOBIS. Sarah Faulwetter, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
  12. South-West Pacific: South Western Pacific OBIS. Kevin Mackay, National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
  13. Sub-Saharan Africa: AfrOBIS. Ursula Von St Ange, Southern African Data Centre for Oceanography, South Africa
  14. Tropical and Subtropical Eastern South Pacific: ESPOBIS. Ruben Escribano, FONDAP COPAS, Chile
  15. Tropical and Subtropical Western South Atlantic: WSAOBIS. Rubens M. Lopes, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  16. Ukraine: Volodymyr Vladymyrov,  Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine
  17. USA: OBIS-USA. Mark Fornwall, US Geological Survey, USA

Discussions are ongoing with several more organisations to establish a Regional OBIS node:

  1. Gulf of Aden: Michel Claereboudt, Sultan Qabus University, Oman
  2. South-East Asia: Christian (Kit) Elloran, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Philippines
  3. Caribbean Sea: Eduardo Klein, Univ. Simón Bolívar, Venezuela

Former OBIS MC members are:

  • 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:
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.