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  • Globally distributed plankton data and associated metadata, with over 95,000 plankton biomass observations, and over one million taxonomic observations. You can customize a search for plankton data by using WODselect, or go to the plankton webpage.

  • Coral Reef Information System - A single point of access to NOAA's coral reef data products and information.

  • Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS) - An integrated information and communication system at NCEI for managing HAB data and events. Also at NCEI is the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Watch, which uses near-real-time shipboard measurements of bottom dissolved oxygen to develop Internet advisories on anoxic and hypoxic conditions in the western and north-central Gulf of Mexico.

  • Biological Atlas of the Arctic Seas 2000: Plankton of the Barents and Kara Seas - physical and biological data for the region extending from the Barents Sea to the Kara Sea during 158 scientific cruises for the period 1913 - 1999. The online link is above; click here for information about the CD-ROM version.

  • Zooplankton of the Arctic Seas 2002 on CD-ROM - International Ocean Atlas Series: Volume 6 (1 disc)

  • Chlorophyll data

  • Biological Species Codes/Names: In 1996, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) released the final version (#8) of the Taxonomic Code on CD-ROM. This CD-ROM, now out of date, provided the old codes along with their new ITIS Taxonomic Serial Numbers (TSNs) to facilitate the transition to the new Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). From that point in time the code was frozen, and ITIS assumed responsibility for assigning new TSN codes, and verifying accepted scientific names and synonyms. ITIS is supported by a partnership of U.S. and international organizations, including NOAA/NCEI. ITIS contains nearly 300,000 entries for terrestrial, marine, and freshwater species from all biological kingdoms. While it focuses on North American species (driven by the priorities of the current ITIS partners), it also includes worldwide treatment of selected groups of fishes, birds, reptiles, molluscs, corals, and other groups. ITIS is continually seeking new partnerships, and expanding its coverage.
    More Details about the Taxonomic Code on CD-ROM

  • Gulf of Mexico Hydrographic Data & Marine Mammal CD-ROM - produced in cooperation with Texas A&M University (TAMU). It includes hydrographic data and marine mammal sightings for the Gulf of Mexico. The marine mammal data (1992-1994) is from the GulfCet Program, sponsored by the U.S. Minerals Management Service and headquartered at the TAMU Galveston Campus.

  • NCEI's Ocean Archive System can also be queried for biology data.

  • Prior to 1994 NODC merged biological datasets into several different standard formats (the old MULDARS formats). These included datasets on intertidal and benthic organisms, bird and marine mammal sightings, shellfish surveys, fin rot, bacteria, and others. Go to the Data Formats webpage for the format descriptions. To order data in the MULDARS formats please contact NCEI User Services.
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