Fish, Invertebrate, and Benthic Data from Micronesia


Fish, Invertebrate, and Benthic Data from Micronesia

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:

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.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.