Ocean Action Hub

The Ocean Data Viewer is a tool and repository for global marine data, managed and curated by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). It offers users the opportunity to view and download a range of spatial datasets that are useful for informing decisions regarding the conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity. These decisions ultimately affect the ocean's health and productivity, which provide the ecosystem services that are necessary for our well-being, livelihoods, and survival. To date, the users of this tool have included government agencies, scientists, researchers, the corporate sector, and non-governmental organisations.

These data come from internationally respected scientific institutions and other organisations that have agreed to make their data available to the global community, with the hope that these data will support and encourage informed decision-making that sustains global biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The Ocean Data Viewer is primarily a mechanism to view and download data, and is not intended to be used for analysis or to query data.

What resources are available? We encourage data users to read the Manual of marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance as an introduction to the various challenges, gaps and limitations which can be presented by coastal and marine datasets, and particularly by those at the global scale. This manual also provides a list of 128 known datasets, database, and data portals containing marine and coastal data of biodiversity importance (Annex 2, pp. 32-42). 

Are we missing data? We welcome feedback and contributions of additional or corrected datasets. Please contact us at marine@unep-wcmc.org.

The ODV first went online in 2011 and is constantly being updated and added to.

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Corinne Martin, Lauren Weatherdon, Hazel Thornton