25-Sep-2015: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information launches Global Ocean Currents Database

gocdOn July 21, 2015, NCEI has released a global ocean currents database (GOCD) that aims 1) to integrate global ocean currents observations from a variety of instruments with different resolution, accuracy and response to spatial and temporal variability into a uniform network common data form (NetCDF) format and 2) to provide a dedicated online data discovery, access to NCEI-hosted and distributed data sources for ocean currents data. The GOCD provides a tailored web application that allows users to search for ocean currents data by platform types and spatial/temporal ranges of their interest. The dedicated web application, called the GOCD Portal, is available at .  [info from Charles Sun]

24-September-2015: Joint GEMIM Recommends Inventory of Marine and Aquatic Repositories (IMAR)

IODEIAMSLIC GEMIM Report coverDuring the recently held First Session of the Joint IODE/IAMSLIC Group of Experts on Marine Information Management, on 4th and 5th September 2015 at Rome Italy, the group recommended setting up of a global Inventory of Marine and Aquatic Reposirories (IMAR). This will be the first joint project between IODE and IAMSLIC as a result of this new formation. More recommendations of the group and the action plan for the next intersessional period can be found in the report of the meeting HERE.

7-September-2015: First Session of the IODE/IAMSLIC GEMIM held in Rome, Italy

iODE/IAMSLIC GEMIM-I, Rome, Italy: Group Picture

glyphicons 346 hand right Complete Overview, Agenda, Documents and Participants

The First Session of the IODE/IAMSLIC Group of Experts on Marine Information Management was held in Rome, Italy on 4th and 5th September 2015. The main objectives of the session was to discuss colloboration between IODE and IAMSLIC, review present projects and new oppurtunities. Agenda of the session included discussion on the present projects of IODE Marine Information Management (MIM) group and IAMSLIC. During the meeting a workplan was agreed for the inter-sessional period 2015-2016. A joint group of 8 IODE GEMIM and IAMSLIC members attended the meeting.

13-July-2015: OBIS Steering Group meeting report published

SG-OBIS-IV The fourth session of the OBIS Steering Group took place on 10-12 February 2015 at the IOC project office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium.

The call for baseline data and indicators on the status and change of biodiversity has never been greater with a standalone goal on the ocean as part of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the World Ocean Assessments as part of the UN regular process, the upcoming assessments of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a potential new legally-binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), with the start of deep sea mineral mining and with increased evidence of cumulative human impacts to ocean resources and system dynamics.

In order to be able to deliver to these international requirements, the new panel on Biology and Ecosystems of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), in...

1-July-2015: OPI established as an ADU

The Oceans Past Initiative (OPI) is a global research network for marine historical research. Their goal is to enhance knowledge and understanding of how the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world’s oceans has changed over the long term to better indicate future changes and possibilities, and to contribute to the sustainable use of marine systems.

OPI is essentially aiming at contributing the historical biogeographic data (contained at HMAP Data Pages) to OBIS as a tier-3 OBIS node under EurOBIS and can contribute in data standard and best practice setting for historical biodiversity data.

In addition, OPI may contribute to the IODE Capacity Building programme in the field of history of humankind’s interactions with life in the oceans including paleo-ecology and climatology, archaeology, marine environmental history, economic history, oral history, historical ecology, fisheries history, and marine environmental and fisheries policy. OPI website:

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11th Advanced Phytoplankton Course - APC 11 Taxonomy and Systematics
4 - 24 October 2015
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20 October 2015
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