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International clearinghouse mechanisms for maps , GIS data and Ocean Observing Systems

Global Islands Database
Global Island Database aims to enhance the participation and role of islands in international decision-making through identifying and bringing together existing sources of data and information relevant to island systems, and presenting new analyses to aid resource managers and decision-making at the island, national, regional, and global level. The GID also aims to develop linkages, partnerships and collaborations with the wide array of organisations involved in island conservation and decision-making to ensure that the database is up-to-date and relevant, and so it provides a platform for communication and networking.

Global Ocean Observing System - GOOS
GOOS is a system of programmes, each of which is working on different and complementary aspects of establishing an operational ocean observation capability for all of the world's nations.

GOOS is designed to:

  • Monitor, understand and predict weather and climate
  • Describe and forecast the state of the ocean, including living resources
  • Improve management of marine and coastal ecosystems and resources
  • Mitigate damage from natural hazards and pollution
  • Protect life and property on coasts and at sea
  • Enable scientific research 

The National Oceanographic Data Center (USA)
The National Oceanographic Data Center is a national repository and dissemination facility for global oceanographic data which acquires and preserves a historical record of the Earth's changing environment to be used for operational applications and ocean climate research. NODC is an organization made up of the Oceanographic Data Center, National Coastal Data Development Center, World Data Center for Oceanography, and the NOAA Central Library which are integrated to provide access to the world's most comprehensive sources of marine environmental data and information.

see also World Ocean Database and World Ocean Atlas Series

OceanPortal: Data Sources (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission)
Includes over 1200 data sources available at 70 national oceanographic data centers.

ReefGIS is a ReefBase's online Geographic Information System, which was developed to display coral reef related data and information on interactive maps in your web browser. You can zoom in to a particular area of interest, switch various data layers on and off, and save or bookmark the map for later viewing, printing or use in presentations / documents

Seamounts Online: An online information system for seamount biology
Since 2001, SeamountsOnline has been gathering data on species that have been observed or collected from seamounts and providing these data through a freely-available online portal. It is designed to facilitate research into seamount ecology, and to act as a resource for managers. It is also the database component of the Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts.

see also Seamount Catalog
The Seamount Catalog is a digital archive for bathymetric seamount maps that can be viewed and downloaded in various formats. This catalog contains morphological data, sample information, related grid and multibeam data files, as well as user-contributed files that all can be downloaded. Currently this catalog contains more than 1,800 seamounts from all the oceans.

World Database on Marine Protected Areas
The WDPA-Marine is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive set of marine protected areas (MPAs) data available. With less than one percent of the oceans under legal protection, it is essential to maintain a dataset that focuses on MPAs and representation of the diverse species and habitats found in the marine environment.