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The Census of Marine Life was a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.  The world's first comprehensive census of the past, present, and future of life in the oceans was released in October 2010.


Workshop on Desktop Analysis


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In this workshop, Jason Roberts from the Mapping and Visualization team presented Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET), a collection of geoprocessing tools for marine research, and demonstrated three scenarios using MGET and ArcGIS:

  1. We downloaded point data from OBIS using the DiGIR protocol.
  2. We created a grid of polygons having a specified extent and cell size and computed Shannon's diversity index for each cell.
  3. Starting with OBIS points representing cetacean observations in the northwest Atlantic, we sampled remotely-sensed bathymetry, SST, and chlorophyll, and built a model that predicts the habitat of Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) using a Generalized Additive Model (GAM), and created range maps for the animal.

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