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Arc Marine (ArcGIS Marine Data Model)

  • Information for ESRI's ArcGIS Marine Data Model, including a tutorial and links to related projects. 

California Ocean Uses Atlas

  • The California Ocean Uses Atlas Project is an innovative public-private partnership between NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas Center and the Marine Conservation Biology Institute. Funded by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, and the MPA Center, the Atlas project fills a critical information gap in ocean management by mapping, for the first time, the full range of significant human uses of the ocean in state and federal waters of the coast of California. By tapping the knowledge of local ocean experts, this project both improves the information base for decision-making and provides an opportunity for broader engagement in building decision making databases and tools. and

  • The National Ocean Council’s portal for data, information, and tools to support people engaged in planning for the future of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes.

Davey Jones' Locker

  • Davey Jones' Locker is the laboratory of Dr. "Deepsea Dawn" Wright, Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. She specializes in: marine and coastal geographic information systems (GISs), particularly spatial analysis, data modeling, data conversion, and metadata; processing, production, visualization, and interpretation of seafloor maps based on multibeam bathymetry, sidescan sonar, towed camera imagery, and submersible observations; and web GIS (including coastal web atlases).
  • List of Web Links

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound (EoPS)

  • The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound is published by the University of Washington’s Puget Sound Institute and represents the collective knowledge of leading experts from state and federal agencies, academic institutions and Puget Sound area tribes. It is intended as a primary source for synthesized and integrated scientific information on the Puget Sound and greater Salish Sea watersheds.

ENOW (Economics: National Ocean Watch data)

  • The effective management of coastal resources requires an understanding of the ocean and Great Lakes economy. This tool allows users to interact with Economics: National Ocean Watch data, which describe six economic sectors that depend on the oceans and Great Lakes: living resources, marine construction, marine transportation, offshore mineral resources, ship and boat building, and tourism and recreation. Users can discover which sectors are the largest in various parts of the county, which sectors are growing and declining, and which account for the most jobs, wages, and gross domestic product. They can view up to four counties, states, or regions to compare trends or the makeup of their ocean and Great Lakes economies. The ENOW Explorer’s interface is designed to allow users who are familiar with economic data to interact with and view data and trends. The tool provides the highest level of interaction with ENOW data short of downloading the full data set.

Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

  • The FGDC coordinates the sharing of geographic data, maps, and online services through an online portal,, that searches metadata held within the NSDI Clearinghouse Network.

Marine Cadastre (BOEM and NOAA)

  • The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre (MMC) is an integrated marine information system that provides jurisdictional, legal, physical, ecological, and human use data in a common geographic information system (GIS) framework. The MMC was designed specifically to support renewable energy siting on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf but is also being used for various other ocean-related efforts. The MMC has three primary focus areas: Web map viewers and decision-support tools, a spatial data registry, and technical support and regional capacity building.

Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP)

  • The Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) is a virtual center for information and communication on the human uses of marine ecosystem services around the world. The website offers a database of marine ecosystem service valuation studies. MESP currently has about 500 studies in the database representing over 1500 valuations. The studies were brought together through a partnership with NOAA, GecoServ, Conservation International, and the Ecosystem Services Partnership in Europe. More case studies are being added on a rolling basis. Please note that (despite the categorization) MESP offers information on areas outside of the U.S. as well. Information on the MESP newsletter and listserv may be found at

Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS)

  • PacIOOS is one of eleven regional observing programs in the U.S. that are supporting the emergence of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) under the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). The PacIOOS region includes the U.S. Pacific Region (Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), the Pacific nations in Free Association with the U.S. (Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau), and the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands (Howland, Baker, Johnston, Jarvis, Kingman, Palmyra, Midway, Wake).

    Development of PacIOOS is guided through a collaborative governance framework and the program is administered and executed by the University of Hawai'i School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). With major funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), SOEST, and the State of Hawaii, PacIOOS works to develop the observational, modeling, data management, and outreach components of an end-to-end ocean observing system to generate products that help to ensure a safe, clean, and productive ocean and a resilient coastal zone for the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Washington State Marine Spatial Planning

  • The WA MSP Data Catalog gathers available data and recruits new data about ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitat areas, and jurisdictional boundaries. You can explore the data available under each category and access it in multiple formats.

NOAA Resources:

  • National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)

    • NODC provides scientific and public stewardship for national and international marine environmental and ecosystem data and information. It is integrated to provide access to the world's most comprehensive sources of marine environmental data and information. NODC maintains and updates a national ocean archive with environmental data acquired from domestic and foreign activities and produces products and research from these data which help monitor global environmental changes. These data include physical, biological and chemical measurements derived from in situ oceanographic observations, satellite remote sensing of the oceans, and ocean model simulations. NODC manages and operates the World Data Center (WDC) for Oceanography, Silver Spring.

  • National Ocean Service (NOS) Data Explorer Geoportal

    • ​The Data Explorer application provides centralized access to distributed NOS geospatial data, tools, applications and services. This Web mapping application allows users to search and access geospatial data via the NOS master catalog of FGDC metadata.

  • CMSP Data and Tools

    • ​List of key data resources for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning.

  • Digital Coast

    • ​Digital Coast provides the information needed by those who want to conserve and protect coastal communities and natural resources. While the need for good geospatial data forms the foundation of the Digital Coast, the basic premise of the site is the understanding that data alone are not enough. People need the associated tools, training, and information that turn data into information capable of making a difference. And people want this information in one connected package that is easy to use. Digital Coast does just that.

  • US MPA Inventory

    • ​A comprehensive geospatial database designed to catalog and classify marine protected areas within U.S. waters. The Inventory contains information on over 1,700 sites and is the only such comprehensive dataset in the nation. The MPA Inventory was developed with extensive input from state and federal MPA programs and drawn from other publicly available data. The MPA Center is continually updating and verifying the Inventory data, so please contact us with any new site information, existing site clarifications or updated spatial boundary data.

  • ​Northeast Ocean Data Portal

    • The Northeast Ocean Data Portal is a decision support and information system for managers, planners, scientists and project proponents involved in ocean planning in the region from the Gulf of Maine to Long Island Sound. The Portal provides access to data, interactive maps, tools, and other information needed for decision making. The primary audiences for this effort include regional managers, ocean stakeholders, and technical staff. The Portal builds on existing efforts in the region and provides additional capacity for both state- and regional-level ocean planning.


  • Marinexplore

    • Marinexplore technology helps the offshore industry
 reduce risk and cut data processing time five-fold. Our spatio-temporal data platform is designed for secure data management and analytics on distributed sources, without ever having to relocate the data. We give you full control over your workflow and data from a single platform.


  • British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis (BCMCA)

    • BCMCA is a collaborative project designed to provide information about marine biodiversity and human activity in BC’s marine waters. Along with maps and data, there is also a Marxan analysis. Special thanks to Karin Bodtker, BCMCA Co-Chair for providing this information!

  • Pacific Region Contaminants Atlas (PRCA)

    • PRCA is an online resource tool which was created to explore environmental contaminants topics in British Columbia, Canada. The industrialized and urbanized Georgia Basin, situated in the southwestern corner of British Columbia, is one of the key areas of concern and is the current focus of this Atlas. The Atlas provides access to scientific and technical information to support such decision-making and presents information on successes, future needs, and continuing concerns with respect to contaminants in the Georgia Basin. There is also a comprehensive literature database on publications relating to environmental contaminants in British Columbia. The PRCA is one of over 70 unique web mapping applications (atlases) hosted by the Community Mapping Network.

European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)


  • Encyclopedia of fish biology and ecology including over 32,000 species. 

International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Ocean Data Portal

  • The Ocean Data Portal (ODP) aims at providing seamless access to collections and  inventories of marine data from the NODCs (National Oceanographic Data Centres) of the IODE network and allows for the discovery, evaluation (through visualization and metadata review) and access to data via web services. The system architecture use Web-oriented information technologies to access non-homogeneous and geographically distributed marine data and information.

Marine Environment Data and Information Network (MEDIN)

  • MEDIN is a partnership of UK organisations committed to improving access to marine data. Our partners are both public and private sector. MEDIN sits alongside its sibling working group the Underwater Sound Forum (USF)

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

  • OBIS seeks to absorb, integrate, and assess isolated datasets into a larger, more comprehsensive pictures of life in our oceans. The system hopes to stimulate research about our oceans to generate new hypotheses concerning evolutionary processes, species distributions, and roles of organisms in marine systems on a global scale. The abstract maps that OBIS generates are maps that contribute to the ‘big picture’ of our oceans: a comprehensive, collaborative, world-wide view of our oceans. OBIS provides a portal or gateway to many datasets containing information on where and when marine species have been recorded. The datasets are integrated so you can search them all seamlessly by species name, higher taxonomic level, geographic area, depth, and time; and then map and find environmental data related to the locations.

PacIOOS Voyager (Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System)

  • An interactive map interface for visualizing and downloading oceanographic observations, forecasts, and other geospatial data and information related to the marine environment and beyond.  The free web site allows users without the need for special or proprietary software, to view, combine, download, and explore thousands of different data sets covering the U.S. Pacific Islands from Hawaii to the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean.


  • ReefBase gathers available knowledge about coral reefs into one information repository. It is intended to facilitate analyzes and monitoring of coral reef health and the quality of life of reef-dependent people, and to support informed decisions about coral reef use and management. ReefBase is the official database of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), as well as the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN). The ReefBase Project is housed at the WorldFish Center in Penang, Malaysia, with funding through ICRAN from the United Nations Foundation (UNF).


  • The SeaDataNet infrastructure links 40 national oceanographic data centres and marine data centres from 35 countries riparian to all European seas. The data centres manage large sets of marine and ocean data, originating from their own institutes and from other parties in their country, in a variety of data management systems and configurations. A major objective and challenge in SeaDataNet is to provide an integrated and harmonised overview and access to these data resources, using a distributed network approach.

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre - datasets, tools, and reports

  • The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC, a UK-based charity. UNEP-WCMC is UNEP’s specialist biodiversity assessment arm, and the Centre for UNEP’s collaboration with WCMC. The Centre’s goal is to provide authoritative, relevant and timely information for countries, MEAs, organizations and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions.

World Register of Marine Species

  • The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature. The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic experts, not by database managers. WoRMS has an editorial management system where each taxonomic group is represented by an expert who has the authority over the content, and is responsible for controlling the quality of the information. Each of these main taxonomic editors can invite several specialists of smaller groups within their area of responsibility to join them.


Submitted by nwehner on

Thanks for telling us about the project, Karin! If there's anything else we should add, do let me know, nwehner [at] openchannels [dot] org.


Submitted by JenniferZ on

Hi, Thanks for adding a link to ENOW explorer page! Except for ENOW explorer, NOAA CSC has some other ENOW related products: data wizard, county snapshot, national report and inforgaphics. All these resources are listed in ENOW data page: Users can find one that fit for them the most. So you might be interested in replacing the link to ENOW explorer page to ENOW data page. Cheers! - Jennifer

Submitted by nwehner on

Thanks for letting us know, Jennifer! I replaced the link to the ENOW data page. Cheers, Nick (OpenChannels Project Manager)

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