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Integrating Biological Data into Ocean Observing Systems: The Future Role of OBIS

Edward Vanden Berghe(1), Patrick N. Halpin(2), Fabio Lang da Silveira(3), Karen Stocks(4), Fred Grassle(5)

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The future data needs of ocean science and ocean resource management will require a more seamless and accessible coupling of biological data with physical oceanographic processes. This bio-physical data framework will be built through the active integration of data from an extensive variety of sensors, observers, platforms and data archives across a wide range of space and time scales. This necessary synthesis of raw biological data into useful information and potentially new understanding is dependent on both new developments in ocean exploration as well as developments in information systems and informatics. The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) is poised to play a significant and expanding role in the evolving ocean observation system.

1OBIS (International Ocean Biogeographic Information System) Secretariat, Rutgers University, 71 Dudley Road 08901 New Brunswick (US)
2Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University, 450 Research Dr., Durham, NC 27708-0001, USA
3Instituto de Biociencias, University of São Paulo , Rua do Matao trav. 14 #111, Citade Universitaria, 05508-900 Sao Paulo, Brazil
4San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive MC 0505, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
5Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, 71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: evberghe@iobis.org

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Vanden Berghe, E., Halpin, P., Lang da Silveira, F., Stocks, K. and Grassle, F., (2010). "Integrating Biological Data into Ocean Observing Systems: The Future Role of OBIS" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.91

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