System Input Data
OBIS holds two categories of data: species distributions and environmental descriptions. Both types of data are georeferenced so they can be combined with each other for analysis, and can be imported into a Geographical Information System for mapping. At present, OBIS holds a small number of datasets, which will be used for system testing. Over time OBIS will incorporate new data sets as they are contributed.
Species distribution sets contain information about the
location of specific marine organisms. Accessory
Environmental data sets include information about the
environment, such as the average sea surface temperature and the amount
of primary production occuring. This information can then be combined with
the species distribution information for analysis. A number of different
environmental data sets might be employed to explore the factors correlating
with a given species' distribution.
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Species Distribution Information
The distribution sets currently in the database are:
The environmental data currently in the system are: