South West Pacific OBIS Data
The South West Pacific OBIS section provides a compilation of their data available at OBIS; The South West Pacific section of OBIS is administered by the New Zealand National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research that includes surveys of fish, invertebrates, and algea. The OBIS dataset includes species name, individual count, lat/lon, and some environmental correlates like depth and salinity.
***Documentation is unavailable to distinguish the species grouped in each of these subsets. This data appears very similar to New Zealand NIWA Biological Observations.
Site Location: South West Pacific with some outliers (e.g., UK coast)
Site(s) Georeferenced: Yes
Timespan: 1874 - 2005, most since 1970
Sampling Frequency: Irregularly
Data Collection Summary / Methods: Methods vary widely among NIWA Marine Biological Information System (MBIS) research vessels. MBIS currently contains data that are primarily the results of a series of research trawl surveys carried out as part of New Zealand's Ministry of Fisheries data collection to support fisheries management and several decades of marine invertebrate research sampling in the NZ Exclusive Economic Zone. MBIS also contains presence data for coralline algae around the New Zealand coast. Details of some of these methods are described by the NIWA Chatham / Challenger Project and the Census of Antarctic Marine Life Project.
Data collected: species name, individual count, date, location, temperature, depth, salinity, nitrogen, oxygen, silicate
Known Issues: To obtain this dataset you must use the interactive data mapper and make multiple clicks to orient and dowload data. May be difficult to locate quickly or with an automated program.
This data is intened as a primary data node for South West Pacific OBIS; however, very little information is available regarding the dataset content and methods. It is unclear exactly what separated the All Sea, Asteriod, Bryozoan, and Specify data subsets.
Best Practices: tips for separating the wheat from the chaff.
Conditions for use: 'freely available' and 'open-access' as per OBIS: http://iobis.org/about/vision
Citation/ Distributing Author: None Available
Supplemental resources: New Zealand National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research
Third party data listing at: NASA Global Change Master Directory
Available via the EcoData Retriever: No