Ocean Action Hub

1 Feb 2019 - The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) has released an updated version of its ocean database. The database’s new infrastructure and technology enable new data to be immediately processed, integrated into the database and made publicly available.

OBIS is a global, open-access data and information clearinghouse on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development. OBIS aims to be a comprehensive gateway to global ocean biodiversity and biogeographic data and information necessary to tackle coastal and ocean concerns. Over 20 OBIS nodes around the world connect 500 institutions from 56 countries that have provided over 45 million observations of nearly 120,000 marine species. Information from OBIS includes data on the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine organization, as a contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Target 19 (on improving, sharing and applying knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity by 2020) as well as other global processes like the UN World Ocean Assessment (WOA).

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/ocean-database-features-updated-marine-status-and-trends

OBIS ocean database: https://obis.org/

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Publication date: 
01/02/2019
Publication Organisation: 
IISD SDG Knowledge Hub
Publication Author: 
CATHERINE BENSON WAHLÉN
Thematic Area: 
Marine ecosystems
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