Ocean Biogeographic Information System USA
Convict Tangs in the Coral Reef at Palmyra National Wildlife Refuge
Credit: Kevin Lafferty, U.S. Geological Survey
Green Sea Turtle in the U.S. Virgin Island
Credit: Caroline Rogers, U.S. Geological Survey
Harmful Algal Blooms
Credit: Dr. Barry H. Rosen, U.S. Geological Survey
Lesser Black-Backed Gull
Credit: Robert Dusek, U.S. Geological Survey
California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
Credit: John J. Mosesso, U.S. Geological Survey
Ocean Biogeographic Information System USA (OBIS-USA) brings together marine biological observation data – recorded observations of identifiable marine species at a known time and place, collected primarily from U.S. Waters or with U.S. funding.
Coordinated by the Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS) Program of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), OBIS-USA, strives to meet national data integration and dissemination needs for marine data about organisms and ecosystems.
OBIS-USA is part of an international data sharing network (Ocean Biogeographic Information System, OBIS) coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange. Federal coordination is done in collaboration with the participants of the ad hoc Biodiversity working group organized under the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology.
For more information contact: Abby Benson