The Institute of Marine and Coastal
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Towards an on-line Atlas of Marine Diversity
OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System) is a database of global marine animal and plant distributions. Like an old-fashioned coffee-table atlas of distributions, it is designed to hold information about where species have been found. However, unlike a printed range map, OBIS allows users to produce individualized output tables and maps for the species, geographic locations, and environmental factors of interest. The goal is a tool to describe global and regional patterns of diversity in the oceans, and to form a better basis for investigation of global biodiversity.
At present, the OBIS database
structure has been designed, and is being tested on several initial data
sets. Over the weeks to come, the OBIS design will be improved, and more
data sets will be solicited and incorporated.
Please contact Jen Gregg if you have questions or comments about OBIS (no general inquiries, please): Jen Gregg (firstname.lastname@example.org)