Ocean Biogeographic Information System Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, is a spatially referenced online database, aggregating marine mammal, seabird, sea turtle and ray & shark observation data from across the globe.


Description Who we are As part of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), a group of investigators, led by Andrew Read and Patrick Halpin of Duke University, is building Ocean Biogeographic Information System Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations (OBIS-SEAMAP), a spatially, temporally interactive online archive for marine mammal, sea turtle, seabird and ray & shark data. This service is made possible by data sharing from contributors all over the world. OBIS is one of the projects of Census of Marine Life. Visit Patrick Halpin's Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab web site Visit Andy Read's Marine Conservation Ecology Lab web site Goals OBIS-SEAMAP is aimed at augmenting our understanding of the distribution and the ecology of marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and rays & sharks by the following approaches: Quantify the global patterns of marine species distribution and biodiversity Design and implement standard databases and innovative sampling techniques Emphasize time series / comparative studies Facilitate study of status and impacts on threatened species Enhance ability to test hypotheses about biogeographic and biodiversity models Support modeling of shifting species distributions in response to environmental change Funding Sources Funding for the OBIS-SEAMAP project has been provided by: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation National Science Foundation National Oceanographic Partnership Program Naval Postgraduate School
Website http://seamap.env.duke.edu/content/content/about
Marine regions

Black Sea

Bay of Biscay and Iberian Coast

Celtic Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Baltic Sea

Greenland Sea

Norwegian Sea

Barents Sea

Greater North Sea including Kattegat and English Channel

North-East Atlantic Sea

Macaronesia Sea

Related issues

Deep sea mining including bio-prospecting

Pollution caused by human, land and sea pressures

Blue growth

Marine change caused by climate


Sea transportation

Coastal urbanization

Marine biotech

Blue energy [Renewable energy (wave, wind, tidal)]

Maritime, coastal and cruise tourism

Coastal erosion

Fishing and aquaculture


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Societal challenges

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Tool type Database
RRI dimensions

Science education

Open access



MARINA project

BLUEMED project

Osservatorio del Mare a Molfetta


Consorzio Tiberina

Ora del mare