The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) is an international federation of organisations and people sharing a vision to make marine biogeographic data, from all over the world, freely available over the internet. It functions as a web-based provider of global geo-referenced information on marine species. It provides a single entry point to query expert databases on species and habitats and provides a variety of tools for visualising relationships between marine species and their environment. OBIS was also the information component of the
- to encourage the sharing of marine species data from the Australian region into the OBIS international data network
- to enable users to search for marine data from the international OBIS network users.
From here you can find out more information about OBIS Australia and the OBIS program in general. Please use the links in the navigation panel to access these functions and the other parts of the OBIS Australia site.
OBIS Australia was initially created as a partnership between the former National Oceans Office (Department of the Environment and Water Resources) and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, supported in its start-up phase by funding from the U.S. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, administered via the international OBIS Secretariat, as an operational component of the Census of Marine Life. It is currently administered by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.
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