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Ocean Biodiversity Information System

Acronym: OBIS
Period: 1998
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Biogeography; Information systems
Geographical term: World Ocean
 Institutes | Publications | Projects | Dataset 

Institutes (19)  Top | Publications | Projects | Dataset 
  • UNESCO; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), more, partner
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), more, partner
  • International Union of Biological Sciences; Taxonomic Database Working Group (TDWG), more, partner
  • United Nations; Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), more, partner
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), more, partner
  • International Association for Biological Oceanography (IABO), more, partner
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Goddard Space Flight Centre; Global Change Master Directory (GCMD), more, partner
  • United Nations Environment Programme; World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), more, partner
  • IUCN Headquarters - International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more, partner
  • NatureServe, more, partner
  • UNESCO; Diversitas, more, partner
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), more, partner
  • Rutgers University, more, sponsor
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF), more, sponsor
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), more, sponsor
  • European Commission (EC), more, sponsor
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, more, sponsor
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF), more, sponsor
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more, sponsor

Child projects (2)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Dataset 
  • Antarctic Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more
  • European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

The Ocean Biodiversity Information System is the information component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML), a growing network of researchers in more than 45 nations engaged in a 10-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans - past, present, and future. OBIS is a web-based provider of global geo-referenced information on marine species and contains expert species level and habitat level databases and provide a variety of spatial query tools for visualizing relationships among species and their environment. OBIS strives to assess and integrate biological, physical, and chemical oceanographic data from multiple sources. Users of OBIS, including researchers, students, and environmental managers, will gain a dynamic view of the multi-dimensional oceanic world. You can explore this constantly expanding and developing facility through the OBIS Portal.

Dataset  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects 
  • OBIS: Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

Publications (3)  Top | Institutes | Projects | Dataset 
  • Halpin, P.; Read, A.; Crowder, L.; Best, B.; Hyrenbach, D.; Freeman, S. (2004). OBIS-SEAMAP: developing a biogeographic research data commons for the conservation of marine mammals, sea birds and sea turtles, in: Ocean Biodiversity Informatics, Hamburg, Germany: 29 November to 1 December 2004: book of abstracts. pp. 35, more
  • Halpin, P.N.; Read, A.J.; Best, B.D.; Hyrenbach, K.D.; Fujioka, E.; Coyne, M.S.; Crowder, L.B.; Freeman, S.A.; Spoerri, C. (2006). OBIS-SEAMAP: developing a biogeographic research data commons for the ecological studies of marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 316: 239-246, more
  • (2004). Ocean Biodiversity Informatics, Hamburg, Germany: 29 November to 1 December 2004: book of abstracts. OBIS: Hamburg. 106 pp., more

All data in the Integrated Marine Information System (IMIS) is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Dataset