JODC Plankton Dataset


The Japan Oceanographic Data Center (JODC) complies plankton observations by Japan's Coast Guard, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Japan Meteorology Agency, Ministry of the Environment, and local governments. The data are available at OBIS. The OBIS compiled data includes species name, individual count, lat/lon, and some environmental correlates like depth and salinity. 

Dataset Location: OBIS JODC Plankton Data

Direct Download: OBIS JODC Plankton Data

Site Location: Western Pacific

Site(s) Georeferenced: Yes

Timespan: 1971 - 2006

Sampling Frequency: irregular

Data Collection Summary / Methods: interagency data collection compilation 

Data collected: OBIS data schema: species name, individual count, date, location, temperature, depth, salinity, nitrogen, oxygen, silicate.

Known Issues: This data is collected by a number of different Japanese agencies.

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Conditions for use: 'freely available' and 'open-access' as per OBIS:

Citation/ Distributing Author: Japan Oceanographic Data Center

Supplemental resources: Japan Oceanographic Data Center -

Marine Organism Data -

Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology Metadata records -

Available via the EcoData Retriever: No

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