Fish, Invertebrate, and Benthic Data from Micronesia
Fish, Invertebrate, and Benthic Data from MicronesiaPosted May 29, 2020
In collaboration with Dr. Peter Houk from the University of Guam, PacIOOS supported efforts to make coral reef monitoring data from Micronesia available through the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). Three data sets can be accessed through OBIS:
- NOAA coral reef monitoring fish data from sites across Micronesia from 2009-09-29 to 2015-09-25
- NOAA coral reef monitoring invertebrate data from sites across Micronesia from 2009-09-29 to 2015-09-25
- NOAA coral reef monitoring benthic data from sites across Micronesia from 2009-09-29 to 2015-09-25
Surveys were conducted at different sites in Micronesia, including Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia, as well as Majuro in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The data were collected as part of the ongoing Micronesia Challenge to establish a shared, standardized monitoring program.
In order to make biological data sets widely accessible from global platforms, such as OBIS, data need to be aligned to a framework called the Darwin Core Standard. Data standards ensure a clear understanding of how the data are represented and make them easy to access, filter, and query, allowing for easy dissemination and sharing among multiple platforms and users.